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Ayurvedic Superfoods You Should Eat Every Day

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The right foods promote sattva (purity), detox the body, and rejuvenate it as well, leading to an overall increase in immunity, physical and mental strength, and digestion. Ayurvedic superfoods can reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who do not eat.

 

Ginger

GingerGinger is known as the universal medicine in Ayurveda is an outstanding source of antioxidants and is a well-recognised anti inflammatory that stimulates appetite, and reduces intestinal pain, gas and bloating. In Ayurveda, fresh ginger is used to battle nausea, especially pregnancy-induced vomiting. And eating ginger with all of the other foods will make them easier to digest too.
Dried ginger root works well on joint pains (mix with almond oil and rub on painful areas), as well as migraines, and helps lower cholesterol levels.

 

Garlic

GarlicGarlic has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, and has been used since ancient times in the treatment and prevention of a number of chronic illnesses. The antioxidant compounds found in garlic may give your immune system a much-needed boost if you are suffering from a chronic ailment.
More recent evidence-based research suggests garlic may be effective against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds and some cancers. To get the most anti-inflammatory benefits from garlic, it should be eaten raw and not heated at all. Add raw, chopped garlic to salads, salsas, guacamoles and other spreads and dips.

 

Ashwagandha Root

Ashwagandha RootAshwagandha is also known as Indian Ginseng, is considered one of the most important adaptogens in Ayurveda boosts supply of antioxidants and regulates the immune system and has antibacterial and anticonvulsant properties. Ashwagandha is used to fight stress, anxiety and fatigue. Recent scientific investigations have shown high quality Ashwagandha extracts to be particularly restorative in dealing with stress and improving brain function and mood. The consensus is that compounds known withanolides in ashwagandha improve the overall health of brain cells as well as the communication between brain cells.
Also used to relieve painful swelling or rheumatoid arthritis -traditionally its leaves were applied to the painful area -Ashwangandha is also considered beneficial for increasing sperm count in men.

 

Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

AmlaAmla also known as Indian gooseberry is one of the most important plants in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It has almost twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and about 17 times that of the pomegranate. In Ayurveda, amla is described as having a cooling effect on the body. It is known as a very beneficial aid to digestion and obtaining more nourishment from the food you eat. More recent scientific testing has shown it contains an extremely broad and rich range of antioxidant polyphenols, far more powerful in their various beneficial effects on your body.
Amla has long been revered for its anti-aging properties. Amla works both internally and topically to create more radiant skin and hair for a more youthful appearance overall.

 

Turmeric

TurmericTurmeric is an ultimate Superfood, health benefits of turmeric prove that this is one of the most potent superfoods you can consume for improved overall health. Either as a preventative supplement for reduced risk of degenerative and inflammation caused diseases or as a treatment for depression, arthritis, and even cancer the health benefits are convincing. It is used to treat skin conditions, detoxify the liver and is excellent for diabetics as it lowers blood sugar. Curcumin is the most important compound in Turmeric for health benefits, compound that has studies to support its effectiveness against cystic fibrosis, cancer prevention, prostate cancer, childhood leukemia, crohn’s disease and alzheimer.

 

Ghee (Clarified Butter)

GheeGhee commonly known as clarified butter contains many nutrients and different types of fats that are beneficial to our health. Ghee strengthens digestive fire, increases lubrication and cools inflammation. It can also help repair and protect cell membranes. It also helps maintain healthy eyesight and skin, and trumps carbs as an excellent source of energy. Ghee actually lowers cholesterol, thanks to its content of omega-3 fatty acids, and helps improve heart health.

 

Tulsi (India Holy Basil)

TulsiTulsi the mother medicine of nature is easy to grow and widely found in the Indian subcontinent. In the ancient holistic tradition of Ayurveda, Tulsi is promoted due to its health enhancing, life prolonging, and disease preventing properties. Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. Regular consumption of Tulsi also helps purify blood, reduce blood sugar and build immunity.
Most recently many of these benefits have been scientifically verified by modern research as Tulsi contains a unique chemistry of compounds known as “phyto-chemicals.” phytochemicals possess antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, adaptogenic, and immune enhancing properties that help support the body’s ability to handle stress and disease.

 

Brahmi (Bacopa)

BrahmiBrahmi is also known as Bacopa Monniera used as a brain tonic to enhance memory development, learning and concentration. It is tradition in Indian that Brahmi mixed with sesame oil messaging can away stress and improve the smoothness of nerves. Brahmi is used to balance the three body types specified in Ayurveda – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Note: Brahmi should be consumed only after medical consultation.

 

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