“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away!” This saying can never be too old to lose its meaning. But respite of it, only some of us truly abides by the thumb rule. In fact, for some of them the visits to doctors keep increasing as the days go by. But nevertheless, I’m sure none of us would like to see the doctor’s face too often or welcome the idea of hospitals becoming our second home! Indeed, there is no doubt in the incredible radical changes taking place in the field of medicines and therapeutics. Everyone goes in for “quick” solutions to problems. In the contemporary scenario, where everyone is in the rat-race and busy chasing their dreams, health is much ignored. And then we resort to quick-healing solutions such that we can get up again and continue with our chase.
But as the story goes, “slow and steady wins the race”. Today the chemicals that we intake, may give us instant results, but also side-effects in disguise. Since the primitive times, it’s not hidden that natural ways of treatment can work wonders! They maybe time consuming, but have sure-shot positive results and with the added advantage of least or no side-effects.
It’s time that your arsenal of home remedies welcomes the best healing herbs. Scientists are substantiating these herbs’ abilities to alleviate arthritis pain, lower cholesterol levels, and reduce blood sugar levels. Amazing new powers are being discovered in the herbs with the potential to curb cancer and alcohol intake by drinkers.
Here are 5 super healers you would want to add to the all-natural section of your medicine cabinet-
Turmeric, a spice used extensively in Indian cuisines, is found to ease arthritis. This is because, it contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory, which works similar to cox-2 inhibitors, drugs that inhibit cox-2 enzyme that causes pain and swelling of arthritis. It can also prevent Alzheimer’s disease and colon cancer. Curcumin can help shrink precancerous lesions called colon polyps, when taken with small amounts of quercetin, an antioxidant found in onions, cabbage and apples.
Recent studies have shown that cinnamon can be a boon for the type 2 diabetics. Taking cinnamon extracts can lower the blood sugar levels by 10% and also reduces heart risks. In another study, it was shown that it slashed cholesterol by 13% and triglycerides by 23%. So those suffering from diabetes related issues should incorporate cinnamon in their diet for sure.
Ginger is one of the mom’s remedies that really work. As a powerful antioxidant, it functions by blocking serotonin, a chemical produced when you’re nauseated and also the production of free radicals, which are yet another cause of stomach pain. In a study on ship cruisers, it was found that 500mg of ginger every four hours was as effective as a motion-sickness medication. Apart from these benefits, it also regulates blood flow, which can lower the blood pressure levels. The anti-inflammatory properties that ginger possesses ease arthritis, and also kill ovarian cancer cells. Thus, after being aware of the innumerable benefits of ginger, make it a point to add ginger in whichever dish or drink possible.
Frying or grilling meat at high temperatures leads to the formation of HCAs(heterocyclic amines) which can be potent carcinogens. Mixing rosemary extracts with meat can ward off cancer. It also checks the entry of carcinogens, which bind with DNA and cause damage. With its high potential in thwarting carcinogens, it can be a bon in disguise for people who are at great cancer risks.
This delicate looking herb with a typical fragrance, is a storehouse of vitamin C , vitamin A , iron and dietary fiber. Dietary supplements of thyme are known to increase DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, in the brain, kidneys and heart cell membranes. It has a long history of usage, in connection with treatment of respiratory problems like cough, bronchitis and congestion. For thousands of years, it has been used as a preservative, to check microbial activities, due to its antimicrobial properties. It makes sense to add thyme to your salads, not only to enhance the flavor but also because it is a natural preservative.
As the age old saying goes, prevention is better than cure, we must realize the beauty and aptness of it, and add these medicinal herbs to our intakes. Instead of hitting the hospital beds and then regretting, isn’t it better we pay a little importance to our health, and consume the natural therapeutics in a healthy and tasty way? Green is not just a color of hope and peace, it is much more than that. It is a symbol of mother earth and nature. The more simple and healthy lifestyle we follow, the less stressful and longer life we live. So say no to allopath, and yes to natural herbs! Take care from day one, and live a life disease-free and without any regrets! Reconcile with “green” and cure yourself the greener way. Go on and become your own therapist!