An ayurvedic diet is key to boost your physical and mental health keeping the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) in hormonic balance.
It offers a powerful combination of foods and herbs that improves your quality of digestion and supports the body in receiving a deeper level of nourishment.
Here is our collection of 7 ‘Ayurvedic Superfoods’ that have potent medicinal properties to cure seasonal allergies and chronic ailments like cancer and Alzheimer’s, thus leading to an overall increase in your immune response.
The fruit of Amla helps to reduce all the three doshas or the body humors viz. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha; which when aggravated above their normal limits cause a disease. The sour taste of Amla helps in decreasing Vata dosha or the air body humor. Due to it being cold in nature, calming and soothing in action and having a sweet after taste, it decreases the fire or the Pitta Dosha. And the rough nature of Amla is helpful in reducing kapha or phlegm inside the body.
The Ayurvedic benefits of ginger are that when taken with rock salt it reduces Vata, with rock candy reduces Pitta and with honey reduces Kapha, helps with indigestion, increases appetite, sore throat, morning sickness, headache, fainting, stomach pain, has anti cancerous properties and helps fighting against seasonal allergies like cold, flu and cough.
Turmeric is an ayurvedic wonder herb that should definitely make it to your everyday diet. It has high amounts of curcumin, a compound that has studies to support its effectiveness against cystic fibrosis, cancer prevention, prostate cancer, childhood leukemia, crohn’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Turmeric also has a high amount of vital minerals such as manganese, magnesium, calcium, vitamin c, zinc, and phosphorous.
Ghee is clarified cultured butter which is butter separated from yogurt. It has a well balanced combination of saturated and unsaturated fats and a high smoke point making it good for all styles of cooking. It strengthens digestive fire, increases lubrication and cools inflammation. It can also help repair and protect cell membranes.
Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and asthma. A decoction of the leaves, cloves and common salt also gives immediate relief in case of influenza. Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu.
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is one of the most revered plants in ayurvedic medicine. 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.
There has been a good amount of research to show that Brahmi has a significant positive effect on the retention of new information. Many children and adolescents are advised to take Brahmi as a supplement for improving memory power and mental ability. This herb significantly improves the speed of visual information processing, learning rate, and memory consolidation, thus enhancing learning ability.