Monday, May 03, 2021

Zinc-rich foods to Boost your Immunity

 The intake of Zinc helps in fighting Covid-19 to some extent by inhibiting a certain enzyme.

In face of the ongoing Covid-19 people are trying every means to boost their immunity. But we often overlook or are not aware of the essential micronutrient Zinc. It acts as a shield to our immune system by activating 300 enzymes. The enzymes help in cell division, wound healing, synthesis of protein and DNA, and boost our immune system. The catch is that our body doesn't store this micronutrient and thus we have to consume it every day as per standard dietary intake criteria.

The intake of Zinc helps in fighting Covid-19 to some extent by inhibiting a certain enzyme. Its deficiency leads to weak immunity, lack of alertness, open skin pores and a weak sense of smell and taste.

Here are 5-Zinc-Rich Foods for Immunity. Take a look:

Shellfish -

Animal-based food has the highest amount of zinc. 1 oyster contains 50% of the recommended amount of zinc. They are low in calories and carry vitamin B12 and selenium to help with better immunity.

Meat -

Chicken, red meats, and eggs are an excellent source of Zinc, but since they are high in calories, the intake should be optimum.  The vitamin B12 and protein in them help in cell regeneration and keeps the nervous system function properly. 

Dark Chocolate -

The higher the amount of cocoa in the chocolate, the more it has zinc and flavanol in it.  It helps with regulating blood pressure, maintaining blood flow, and boosting immunity. Keep the intake at 28 grams of dark chocolate per day. 

Legumes -

The best source of zinc for vegetarians comes from eating different kinds of legumes. Legumes are a class of vegetables that includes beans(Ex.-Soyabin), peas (Ex.-Green peas), and lentils (Ex. Moog, Masur). They are packed with health-friendly nutrients like protein, vitamins, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.

Pumpkin seeds and cashews - 

They can be eaten with oats, smoothies, or just a handful of seeds as a midday snack. Apart from zinc, they also contain iron, magnesium, copper, vitamin K, vitamin A, and folate. Eating them regularly can also help to manage your cholesterol and control your blood pressure level.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Ayurvedic Herbs For Beating Down Heat in Summer

 The summer season is here, with the rapid increase in temperature, it has become important to keep balance in our body and keep it cool. Exposure to direct sunlight and heat may cause excess skin irritation and rashes, also leading to allergies and acne. 

Continuous sun exposure also leads to dehydration and even heat stroke. Also, having an unhealthy lifestyle and eating junk food can lead to an increased risk of heat in the body, which triggers the “Pitta Dosh” within. 

Including cooling herbs and spices in our meals will fight hot temperatures and balance the pitta (heat) in our bodies. 

We can include the following Ayurvedic herbs in your diet plans to beat down the heat this summer:  

1. Mint:

Mint is one of the common and easily available herbs that can help you stay cool in summer. It can be used in multiple recipes and has a fresh and strong flavor, which is very refreshing. It can be used in various detox recipes too to get rid of the toxins in the body. 

2. Amla:

The antioxidants and vitamins found in amla offer several health benefits. High concentrations of vitamin C in amla helps the body recover from various illness. It also has a cooling effect on our digestive system. It also has other health benefits like controlling diabetes, keeping eyes healthy, boosting immunity, and also improving memory. 

3. Manjistha: 

Also known as Rubia Cordifolia, this is one the most treasured Ayurvedic herbs known for its cooling effect on blood and removing toxins from the body. Though this herb is a bitter astringent, it has a long list of benefits and uses. It is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial herb trusted for generations in the Indian Ayurveda. 

4. Basil (tulsi):

Also known as Holy Basil, it acts as a detoxifying and cleansing agent in the human body. It dates to 3000 years and is historically used as medicine due to its widespread therapeutic power. It keeps the body cool during extreme heat and is mostly used as an herbal tea on a regular basis. It is also known for its anti-stress properties worldwide.

5. Sandalwood: 

It leaves a cooling effect on our bodies. This herb can be turned into a paste to apply to the skin. It will help us fight skin issues as well as keep us cool. 

6. Mulethi (Liquorice):

It is commonly used to treat symptoms of dry cough and sore throat. This herb can keep us cool during the summer season. One can simply chew a stick to reap the benefits. 

Monday, April 05, 2021

This Ayurvedic Herb may contain a new drug against Covid-19

 As the world looks for an effective medicine against SARS-CoV-2, a herb widely used in Ayurveda provides an exciting new lead.

Scientists at the National Brain Research Centre, Manesar have found that an ingredient Mulethi (Yashthimadhu in Sanskrit) has the potential to emerge as a drug candidate against SARS-CoV-2 as it lowers the severity of the disease and brings down viral replication.

More than 15 months after Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, scientists are still to discover a medicine to counter the rampaging virus though several vaccines have been rolled out. The doctors currently manage patients with a handful of repurposed medicines with a varying degree of efficacy.

With support from the Department of Biotechnology, the NBRC team last year began looking for a new therapeutic against Covid-19 in the middle of the lockdown period.

When the search was narrowed down to glycyrrhizin because of its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, the researchers carried out a series of experiments to check its potential against SARS-CoV-2.

In the laboratory, the scientists expressed specific viral proteins in human lung epithelial cells. The viral proteins triggered inflammation in these cells, but treatment with glycyrrhizin clears the inflammation in such cells. The untreated cells succumbed to inflammation.

By dampening cytokine storm (a severe immune reaction triggered by serious Covid-19 cases), glycyrrhizin can reduce the severity of the infection. Besides inhibiting the cytokine storm, glycyrrhizin also reduces viral replication by 90%. While 'Mulethi (Yashtimadhu)' is widely prescribed for lung ailments, chronic fevers and respiratory tract inflammation in Ayurveda, glycyrrhizin is used in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C.

Read more about the Sweet herb- Yashtimadhu

Monday, March 15, 2021

Nutrient-dense Ayurvedic superfood - Moringa

 The moringa tree, also known as the drumstick tree or horseradish tree, is one of the fastest-growing trees in the world and is drought-resistant, which means it is remarkably durable to farm.

The "Miracle Tree," as it has been called, is indigenous to South Asia, specifically the Indian subcontinent, and also grows across West and East Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, some parts of South America.

How is moringa traditionally used?

In many cultures, the leaves are mostly eaten raw, boiled, steamed, or roasted. They are also used for the preparation of tea, which is traditionally consumed to prevent diseases and to boost health. For its ease of application, the powdered form is most common and is created by drying and grinding the leaves to preserve their quality. Its high zeatin levels block the degradation of chlorophyll in the leaves so they don’t lose their healing effect.

What are the benefits of moringa?

For those who want to cover their extra daily need for numerous essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements without having to resort to synthetically produced nutritional supplements, moringa is where it’s at.

Moringa is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, and protein. It also contains eight essential amino acids, more than 90 nutrients, including 46 different antioxidants (ascorbic acid, carotenoids, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds) and 36 anti-inflammatory compounds (isothiocyanate and phenolic derivatives), which can help boost liver function. And, much like turmeric, it’s been known to help with inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease.

The leaves contain more vitamin C than oranges, more magnesium than eggs, more vitamin B3 than peanuts and more vitamin B2 than bananas, more potassium than bananas, and more vitamin A than carrots. This means moringa can contribute to everything from better vision and immunity to bone health and skin radiance.

Moringa has also been shown to help stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels in patients with diabetes, as well as help treat symptoms and other medical conditions associated with diabetes.

If you are an expecting mother or currently breastfeed, moringa powder (rather than root or seed) is ancestrally believed to help with the production of breast milk, though it hasn't been extensively. It's rich in three plant sterols that may encourage your body to produce more breast milk. Plus, the baby gets access to all those amino acids and histidine in the plant which can aid their growth and development.

For vegans and lactose intolerant, moringa leaves can provide much more calcium than milk, more protein than yogurt and more iron than spinach.

Moringa can give athletes a boost, too, due to its high content of iron and vitamins A and C, which are responsible for constant and sufficient supply of oxygen to blood and stabilized blood circulation. In addition, numerous amino acids and a high calcium content positively influence the growth of muscle mass, and the antioxidants provide additional protection to the cell tissue during increased physical activity.

Studies suggest that daily consumption of moringa leaves should not exceed 70 grams — or 1 tablespoon, or 6 grams, of moringa powder — to avoid excess iron intake.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Ayurvedic tips to prevent Bird Flu

 Bird flu has come as a twofold blow for countries that are already fighting their biggest battle against Covid-19.

Again the sign and symptoms of Bird flu are related to the respiratory system only along with fever. Since there is not much clarity about its complications and other issues, which patients can face, there is no one way to deal with this situation.

As a general rule of Ayurveda strength of diseases can be reduced by only good immunity. So, the best way to protect yourself from any kind of disease is to boost your immunity and follow a healthy lifestyle which can go beyond opting good eating habits. Following (Dinacharya) Daily routine, waking up early morning and sleeping on time is also part of a healthy lifestyle. 

A healthy lifestyle also includes a healthy meal on time, sound sleep, daily exercise & meditation, offering food for our mind as well as the soul.

-- Keep your immune system in shape you can add a few herbs like Ginger, Garlic, Turmeric in your daily diet to avoid bird flu kind of infections. These herbs give strength to the body for fighting back and also protect our body from getting infected.

-- Practice Nasya to keep your respiratory system in shape -  Every morning putting two to four drops of Anu tail in each nostril will give strength to the respiratory system. This also helps in flushing out pollutants or foreign bodies from the nasal cavity and prevents them from crossing the nasal pathway. 

-- Remove toxins with oil pulling therapy, gargling and steam inhalation: One of the other important therapy is oil pulling therapy, it can be done by holding lukewarm oil in the mouth for a few seconds followed by gargling with lukewarm water with a pinch of salt and turmeric along with steam inhalation. Oil pulling therapy, gargling and steam inhalation helps in removing toxins and boost the immunity of the person.

-- Start your morning with one spoon of Chyawanprash: One more important add on in daily life is Chyawanprash. Every morning during breakfast taking one spoon of Chyawanprash helps in boosting immunity and strengthens the respiratory system. 

-- Drink Golden Milk before sleeping- taking golden milk (Milk with sugar and pinch of turmeric) is one of the best remedies to get rid of symptoms like fever, cold and running nose etc.