Herbs used in Ayurveda prevent various health conditions naturally, so it is recommended to have either these herbs, foods or products made from their composition, as they provide the body with the essential nutrients.
5 Ayurvedic Superfoods
Chyawanprash, a jam like superfood, composed of herbs like Amla (Indian gooseberry), honey, holy basil, ginger, Bacopa, cardamom, Ashwagandha roots, neem leaves and jaggery, help revitalize your body, mind and spirit. It is recommended to have Chyawanprash either on an empty stomach or before going to bed.
It reduces inflammation, stimulates the immune system, regulates the digestive system and helps reduce stress and anxiety, thus, enhancing physical and emotional well-being.
Ginger, with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, contains beta-carotene, gingerols and capsaicin that reduces the risk of coronary heart conditions, relieves gastronomical distress, aids digestion and also helps to treat common cold and flu.
A cup of ginger tea with about 20 grams of sliced or grated ginger is sufficient to make your day. Ginger helps in increasing the blood flow to the brain, thus, keeping you energised throughout the day.
Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E, magnesium and proteins, that help stimulate vitality, regulate blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Munching on almonds reduces irrational cravings and aids weight loss.
To reap the benefits of almond, soak 4-5 almonds overnight in water and have them the next day. It not only boosts your memory and increases your energy, but also improves quality of your skin and hair.
Dates, also known as date palm, consist of fibre and antioxidants that enhance the defense mechanism of the body against bacteria. Being a good source of iron, they increase hemoglobin. Therefore, you must have 3-4 dates daily.
Regular intake of dates is said to reduce the risk of certain heart conditions (cardiovascular diseases), cancer and Alzheimer’s disease owing to the presence of flavonoids (an antioxidant). As dates are a good source of minerals like phosphorous, magnesium, iron and calcium, they promote bone health, thus, preventing osteoporosis.
Ghee (clarified butter), a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, regulates digestion, supports bone health, aids weight loss and reduces inflammation. Using 2-3 tbsp of ghee in food helps detoxification in the body, leading to a healthy life.
You can also include Ayurvedic spices like turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper and cumin while preparing food. Other nutritious foods you can have are avocados, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cabbage, artichokes, basmati rice, milk and other dairy products.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for entertainment and reference purposes only, and is not meant to serve as actual medical information. For advice about any of the illnesses listed, please visit a qualified physician.