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Herbs: Fully loaded

health and fitness Updated: Dec 17, 2011 17:44 IST

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Since time immemorial, herbs have been used in ayurveda many have been restudied and re-researched for confirmation about their benefits.

Some of these herbs are listed below.

Spirulina: Spirulina, a super food, is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and an essential fatty acid.

In studies done on animals, spirulina improved their immune fighting response. Plus, it has a high concentration of amino acids. Some studies showed that taking spirulina helped protect against a hyper allergic response typical in allergies. When you take antibiotics for a long duration, it kills the good bacteria of the gut. Taking spirulina helps restore the balance.

Spirulina is also being researched for benefits in viral infections like herpes and viruses causing colds. In a study related to patients with mouth cancer, spirulina seemed to reduce a precancerous lesion known as leukoplasia. Spirulina also helps detoxify the liver and improves liver cell regeneration.

Barley grass juice: It is rich in iron, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin B12, pyridoxine and proteins. The amount of calcium and iron in barley grass is higher than normal. In addition, chlorophyll, vitamin K and calcium are all involved in blood clot formation and breakdown. Barley grass is beneficial for weight loss, the heart, healing of ulcers, correcting blood sugar problems and as a general tonic.

The power of herbs

Guggul:

This is a plant resin used in combination with other herbs as a treatment for hypothyroid conditions, arthritis, high cholesterol, acne, hemorrhoids and obesity. The medicine removes blockages that make the nutrient supply and the waste from cells all stagnate at one place and create tissue toxicity. Obesity, arthritis and high cholesterol are different diseases, but they are the manifestations of a similar blockage in the tissues.

Wheatgrass juice: Wheatgrass is a source of chlorophyll, which has high oxygen-enhancing levels. It improves our red blood cell count. Since wheatgrass provides nutrients to the body with oxygen, it helps in diabetes, high cholesterol and liver disorders. Patients on chemotherapy or radiotherapy find that wheatgrass has a restorative and detoxifying effect.

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