Tribulus (Gokshura)

Saponins and flavonoids make the fruits and roots of tribulus (Tribulus terrestris) so healthy. The herb can lower your blood pressure by inhibiting ACE, an enzyme that narrows down the blood vessels. Thanks to the nitrates and potassium salts in it, tribulus can help your kidneys by increasing urine output and flushing out toxins. AnContinue reading “Tribulus (Gokshura)”

Licorice

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is not just a healthy sweetener for your candies. Licorice flavonoids fight reactive molecules called free radicals from damaging nerve cells and inhibit inflammation. Besides deactivating cortisol, the stress hormone, licorice also increases the levels of happiness hormones like dopamine, serotonin, and epinephrine. Licorice is also good for your digestion. It helpsContinue reading “Licorice”

Holy Basil

Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is an adaptogen. It helps your body cope with stress by reducing the cortisol levels and increasing the release of happiness hormones like dopamine and serotonin. Stress dampens immunity, but holy basil flavonoids counter by increasing the number of immune agents like natural killer cells, neutrophils, and T helper cells. ItContinue reading “Holy Basil”

Dwarf Morning Glory (Shankhpushpi)

Dwarf morning glory (chiefly Convolvulus pluricaulis) is a herb that helps relieve stress and anxiety. It reduces the stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, increases the production of signaling molecules called neuropeptides to improve communication in the brain, and fights free radicals generated due to stress. Early-stage research suggests that its flavonoids may also boost memory.Continue reading “Dwarf Morning Glory (Shankhpushpi)”

Chamomile

Well known for its sedative effects, chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) could help you fall asleep by making you less responsive to external stimuli. It has apigenin which behaves like GABA, a sleep-favoring chemical, and could make you feel calm and relaxed. Another chemical mimics a pleasure-inducing hormone called dopamine, toning down anxiety. That apart, chamomile helpsContinue reading “Chamomile”

Bacopa (Brahmi)

Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri) is your brain’s ally. It increases blood flow to the brain, keeping it well nourished with oxygen and nutrients. Together with the body’s innate antioxidants, it also fights nerve-damaging free radicals. Bacopa helps nerves branch out further and activates protein kinases. As a result, more nerves start communicating with each other. ItContinue reading “Bacopa (Brahmi)”

Ashwagandha

True to its adaptogenic status, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) helps you cope with stress, by reducing the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and then by preventing it from sitting on cell surfaces and triggering a stress response. It could make you feel more energetic too, thanks to the antioxidant withanolides that boost blood circulation asContinue reading “Ashwagandha”

Brain Function: Balance vs. Imbalance

Your brain is your body’s master switch. If it’s not functioning at its best, several other parts of your body aren’t too. Brain function and mental health are typically governed by your innate metabolic personality or prakruti. In fact, your brain activity reflects your prakruti. For instance, in ‘light and quick’ people, the frontal executiveContinue reading “Brain Function: Balance vs. Imbalance”

How To Boost Your Immunity

Your immune system is your body’s department of defense. It prevents and deals with foreign invasion (read disease-causing microbes or pathogens) and quashes guerrilla forces (read free radicals) inside. For the first, it utilizes an army of specialized immune cells and for the second, it relies on a special unit of chemicals known as antioxidants.Continue reading “How To Boost Your Immunity”