There are shelves full of supplements and vitamins, but it is important for us to know the origin of these and how these are made and why a particular combination will help your condition. When it comes to taking supplements, one has to ensure that this is something that is needed for our system rather than following the trend or your friends.
Dr Manoj Kutteri, Wellness Director at Atmantan Naturals, told HerZindagi that "We have been going through tough times with so many challenges in the current times trying to fight against a pandemic condition. While we talk about prevention and immunity against the virus and the infection, we also need to remember that building immunity has no shortcuts. Our body is equipped with various levels of immune responses to safeguard our body against invading microbes. The immune system is our in-built army of cells and a protein that detects, memorizes and protects the body against any foreign bodies that may have invaded or entered inside.
"It is responsible for keeping us healthy and illness free, the strength of the immune system determines the capacity of a person to tackle various physical, emotional, and environmental challenges. Besides practicing various lifestyle modifications in life, few potent herbs are also extremely important for us to improve various functions within our body. Some of these medicinal herbs are Aswagandha, Brahmi, Giloy, Turmeric, Pepper etc."
Here is a better understanding of these herbs explained by him.
Aswagandha has been known to be a potent immunity-boosting herb. It has also been used as a powerful adaptogen, which helps to manage the stress levels. Aswagandha not only has to benefit on our body, but it also has a great action on mental functions and is used to treat anxiety and depression.
This herb is also known to reduce the steroid levels in the body and aids in inducing quality sleep. Researches also shows the efficacy of this medicinal herb to increase testosterone levels and hence used to treat male infertility as well. The chemical “withaferin” in this induces apoptosis and can have a positive effect on treating cancers.
Brahmi has been used as a memory enhancer. This helps in boosting the liver functions and also to prevent inflammation in the body. The presence of nitric oxide in Brahmi helps to improve mental health and to treat insomnia. Like other medicinal herbs, this can be taken in the form of extracts or infusions.
Giloy is a very powerful anti-oxidant and like many other medicinal herbs it helps to curb inflammation. Giloy also has an effect on the respiratory system and helps to boost the local respiratory immunity. Giloy also helps to improve diabetes conditions and helps to modulate the nervous functions.
Although there are various claims about single drug remedies, it is hard to say that there is any particular herb that can do all for us. It is usually a combination of healthy lifestyle and the correct and therapeutic use of a combination of herbs that helps to protect us effectively. That said, overuse of anything even if it is known nectar is equally harmful for us.
The age-old ingredient from mom’s kitchen can work wonders when it comes to immunity. Be it in your food, milk or even your tea, turmeric helps cure wounds, clears skins, aids in digestions and benefits your bones. Curcumin, a compound present in turmeric, is known to possess anti-inflammatory properties that help boost immunity. It also is a great anti-oxidant, which helps to slow down the oxidative processes in the body and keep you young!
Pepper has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its carminative properties also help in digestion and maintaining gut health, but importantly, its expectorant properties helps break up the mucus and phlegm depositions in the respiratory tract thereby providing relief from the nasal congestion and sinusitis. You can add this effective ingredient in your diet by sprinkling some on your salads, soups and even spice up your chai!
Ginger is not only calming to the soul but the ginger in it also helps to ease throat infections. Their anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial property keeps the body’s defenses up against cough, fever, chills and congestion. A spoonful of honey mixed with ginger extract can help your child get rid of all the irritation and congestion in their respiratory tract. Ginger can also help ease out the aches and pains.
Garlic has benefits unparalleled. From help keeping your blood pressure in check to keep your gut healthy, it does it all. It’s antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties stimulate the immune system and keep diseases at bay. Add some garlic to your everyday curries, mix it up with some chutney and enjoy the flavour and the health! The Allicin in garlic also helps to fight allergies and respiratory infections; it is also a great natural blood thinner.
Take care of yourselves and stay tuned to HerZindagi for more on immunity-boosting tips and Ayurveda by experts.