SOME HERBS AND OTHER NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS CAN REALLY HELP KEEP YOU HEALTHY.     ALOE VERA

WHAT IT IS:

A PLANT WHOSE THICK FLESHY LEAVES CONCEAL AN EMOLLIENT EXTRACT USED IN PREPARING COSMETICS AND SKIN CREAMS. THIS ANCIENT PLANT HAS BEEN USED FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSE IN SEVERAL CULTURES: GREECE EGYPT, INDIA, JAPAN AND CHINA.

WHAT IT DOES:

ALOE VERA EXTRACT CONTAINS 75 POTENTIALLY ACTIVE INGREDIENTS THAT INCLUDE VITAMINS,MINERALS, ENZYMES, SUGARS, FATTY ACIDS AND HARMONES. IT HAS ANTISEPTIC AND HEALING PROPERTIES, SAYS A  STUDY REPORTED IN THE INDIAN JOURNAL OF DERMATOLOGY.

THE  STUDY, PUBLISHED BY RESEARCHES AT MUMBAI,  S GRANT MEDICAL COLLEGE  AND SIR JJ GROUP OF HOSPITALS, ALSO REVEALED THAT ALOE VERA GEL HAS A PROTECTIVE EFFECT AGAINST RADIATION DAMAGE TO THE SKIN.PEOPLE WHO APPLY THE GEL OVER A PERIOD OF TIME ALSO FIND THEIR SKIN MORE ELASTIC ANS LESS WRINKLED. THESE VERSATILE HERBS IN THE HEALING OF WOUNDS. IN ADDITION ALOE VERA GEL, WHEN CONSUMED, ACTS AS A LAXATIVE. IT INCREASES INTESTINAL WATER CONTACT. MUCUS SECRETION AND INTESTINAL PERISTALSIS

“ALOE VERA HAS CONCENTRATION OF AMINO ACIDS WHICH ARE THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF PROTEIN. OF THE 20 AMINO ACIDS, 18 ARE PRESENT IN THIS MAGIC POTION.” “IT IS A GREAT DETOXIFIER AND HELPS ELIMINATE WASTE AND TOXINS FROM THE BODY. IT ALSO HAS COSMETIC APPEAL BECAUSE OF ITS ANTI-FUNGAL PROPERTIES. DUE TO ITS ABILITY TO REGENERATE  CELLS, ALOE VERA HELPS IN WRINKLE PREVENTION, COMBATS PIMPLE AND ACNE AND REMOVES SCARS AMD STRETCH MARKS.” WHO SHOULD TAKE IT?

ALOE VERA CAN BE CONSUMED INTERNALLY OR APPLIED TOPICALLY, DEPENDING ON THE PURPOSE. WHILE IT IS SAFE FOR MOST PEOPLE, WHEN APPLIED ON THE FACE, A PATCH TEST IS USUALLY RECOMMENDED ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE EXTREMELY  SENSITIVE  SKIN.”

FENUGREEK SEEDS

WHAT THEY ARE:

FENUGREEK IS A LEGUMINOUS AS IN HERB WITH AROMATIC SEEDS. MOST OF ITS MEDICINAL PROPERTIES ARE IN THE SEEDS. FOR CENTURIES, THE CRUSHED OR POWDERED SEEDS HAVE BEEN USED EXTERNALLY AND INTERNALLY  FOR  SEVERAL CURES. IT CAN BE APPLIED AS A POULTICE FOR HIVES, BOILS AND ULCERS OR CONSUMED TO INCREASE APPETITE, COUNTER APPETITE LOSS AND REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR.

WHAT THEY DO:

A CLINICAL STUDY BY GANDHI MEDICAL COLLEGE, HYDERABAD, PUBLISHED IN THE INDIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY SHOWS THAT FENUGREEK SEED HAVE LIPID-LOWERING EFFECT ON PEOPLE WITH HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL.THOSE WITH HIGH LIPID LEVELS RISK CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE INCLUDING DEADLY STROKES AND HEART ATTACKS. THE STUDY FOUND THAT CHOLESTEROL LEVELS WERE LOWERED IN PATIENTS GIVEN 25 GRAMS OF POWDERED FENUGREEK SEED TWICE BEFORE MEALS.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THEM?

“WHILE FENUGREEK IS RECOMMENDED FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES, HYPERTENSION AND CHOLESTEROL, IT IS ALSO GOOD FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T SUFFER FROM THESE CONDITIONS,” ADVISE DR. ASHOK JHINGAN, SENIOR CONSULTANT DIABETOTOGIST AND CHAIRMAN,DELHI DIABETES RESEARCH CENTER. HE PRESCRIBES 10GMS OF THE SEEDS, SOAKED OVERNIGHT, TO BE TAKEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. “MANY PEOPLE ALSO EAT THE SEEDS MIXED WITH CURD.”

GARLIC

WHAT IT IS:

FROM THE ONION FAMILY, IT’S BEEN A MEDICINAL HERB FOR MILLENNIA, EVEN AS FOR BACK AS ANCIENT EGYPT. WHAT IS DOES: STUDIES SHOW THAT IS CULTURES WHERE PEOPLE EAT LOTS OF GARLIC, THERE ARE FEWER CASES OF GASTRIC CANCER, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL.

RESEARCH FROM THE CENTRAL FOOD TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CFTRI), MYSORE, REPORT THAT GARLIC AND ONION INCREASED THE ACTIVITY OF TWO KEY ENZYMES INVOLVED IN CHOLESTEROL METABOLISM.

ANOTHER STUDY CONDUCTED BY TAGORE MEDICAL COLLEGE GARLIC CONSUMPTION HELPED HEART PATIENTS.IN THEIR THREE YEAR STUDY OF 432 HEART PATIENTS, ONLY HALF OF THEM WERE GIVEN GARLIC. THOSE NOT EATING GARLIC SAW NO REAL CARDIOVASCULAR CHANGES. BUT THE GARLIC EATERS EXPERIENCED A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN BLOOD PRESSURE, BLOOD CHOLESTEROL AND MORTALITY RATES.THEY ALSO EXPERIENCED LESS ANGINA, THE CHEST PAIN HEART PATIENT OFTEN FEEL.

DEODORIZED GARLIC TABLES SEEM TO WORK AS  WELL AS THE RAW HERB IN REDUCING CHOLESTEROL.

WHO SHOULD TAKE IT?

UNLESS YOU’RE ALLERGIC TO IT (VERY RARE), YOU ALMOST CAN’T GO WRONG BY ADDING GARLIC TO YOUR DIET. IF YOU DISLIKE THE TASTE, GARLIC CAPSULES WILL PROVIDE MOST OF THE HEALTH BENEFITS WITHOUT THE FLAVOR OR ODOR.

TURMERIC

WHAT IT IS:

THE SPICE IS MADE BY GRINDING THE ROOTS OF THE PERENNIAL HERB CURCUMA LONGA. THE BOILED DRIED AND POWDERED UNDERGROUND STEM OF THE PLANT IS USED AS A FLAVORING AND COLOURING AGENT AND AS A STIMULANT.

WHAT IT DOES:

THE HERB HAS A MILD PROTECTIVE EFFECT AGAINST COLDS AND FLU; IN THOSE WHO GET SICK, IT APPEARS TO LIMIT THE DURATION AND SEVERITY OF SYMPTOMS. A STUDY BY JAMIA HAMDARD UNIVERSITY, NEW DELHI, REVEALS THAT CURCUMIN, FOUND IN TURMERIC,HAS ANTI INFLAMMATORY AND ANTISPASMODIC PROPERTIES AND IS USEFUL IN THE TREATMENT OF ARTHRITIS.

WHO SHOULD TAKE IT?

THIS STAPLE HERB WORKS FOR ALMOST EVERYONE AND IS EFFECTIVE IF TAKEN EVEN AS YOU FEEL A COLD OR FLU COMING ON. ACCORDING TO THE STUDY, THE MOST INTERESTING FEATURE OF CURCUMIN IS THE LACK OF GASTROINTESTINAL EFFECTS DESPITE IS BEING AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AGENT.

TRY THISTIME-TESTES RECIPE FROM DR. VIVEK NANGIA,HEAD OF RESPIRATORY DISEASE, FORTIS HOSPITAL, NEW DELHI: ADD A TEASPOON OF TURMERIC POWDER IN A CUP OF MILK AND BOIL FOR A FEW MINITUES, DRINK THE HOT BREW TWICE A DAY. “THE HERB’S ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTI-INFECTIVE PROPERTIES HELP BUILD YOUR IMMUNITY AGAINST COLDS.’

TULSI

WHAT IT IS:

THIS SACRED PLANT WITH THE FRAGRANT LEAVES NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION. NO PLANT IS MORE AUSPICIOUS AS TULSI, OR HOLY BASIL, AT YOUR DOORSTEP. WHAT IT DOES:  ACCORDING TO A STUDY PUBLISHED IN INDIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY,THE CONSUMPTION OF 100MG PER KILO BODY WEIGHT OF TULSI EXTRACT HELPED REDUCE ACID SECRETION AND PROTECT THE MUCOUS MEMBRANE OF THE STOMACH:

IT CAN HEAL ULCERS.TULSI CONTAINS BENEFICIAL COMPOUNDS CALLED PHYTO-CHEMICALS THATPOSSESS ANTIOXIDANT, ANTIVIRAL, ANTIBACTERIAL AND IMMUNITY-ENHANCING PROPERTIES THAT SUPPORTS THE BODY’S DEFENSE AGAINST DISEASE AND PROMOTE WELLNESS.

WHO SHOULD TAKE IT?

ACCORDING TO DR. ISSAC MATHAI OF SOUKYA, A HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER IN BANGALORE, “TULSI IS A GOOD HERB FOR PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM COLDS AND COUGHS. MANY AYURVEDIC COUGH SYRUPS CONTAIN TULSI, BECAUSE THE HERB HELP MOBILIZE MUCUS IN BRONCHITIS AND RELIEVES SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA.

“BOIL TULSI LEAVES IN WATER AND DRINK THE DECOCTIONTO EASE A SORE THROAT.THIS WATER IS ALSO GOOD FOR GARGLING” ADDS MATHAI. TULSI CAPSULES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET. DR MATHAI, WHO PRACTICES AYURVEDA \, SAYS THAT CAPSULES MANUFACTURED BY REPUTED COMPANIES MAY BE TAKEN AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE FRESH HERB.

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