Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) is an Ayurvedic herb that has been in use since ancient times. It is one of the ‘Amrit’ plants and scientific studies have demonstrated its ample range of health benefits like antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, immune, liver and cardiovascular health boosting.
Giloy or Guduchi is FDA approved and commercially also sold in the form of powder, tablets, capsules or juices. It is packed with vitamins, minerals and excellent ways of maintaining holistic well-being.
Giloy is excellent for digestive health. It is capable of relieving bowel issues, provides relief from anorexia, abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea, vomiting, constipation and worm infestations. It has a bacteriostatic effect and has been found useful in treating jaundice, ulcers, liver disorders, acidity and gastritis.
Giloy herb is a boon for diabetics as it helps manage blood glucose levels and prevent fluctuations. Consuming giloy regularly helps improve insulin sensitivity, reduces insulin resistance and avert hyperglycemia.
Being rich in antioxidants, giloy significantly aids in boosting immune health. It fights bacterial, viral infections, facilitates detoxification and prevents many health disorders. The efficacy of giloy has been observed under many studies by experts among people suffering from respiratory tract infections. It was noticed that giloy was able to provide relief from asthma, bronchitis and cough by calming the mucous membrane. Due to this peculiarity, giloy has been added to one of the fruitful lists of herbs to boost immunity and fight coronavirus.
Since giloy aids in toxin removal from the body and detoxification, hence it supports liver and kidney health as well.
Another reason to choose giloy is its role in improving eyesight. Applying the concoction of giloy on eyelids helps boost vision health.
Giloy or Guduchi is anti-inflammatory in nature. It suppresses the inflammatory causing cytokines in the body, relieves aches and joint pain. People suffering from arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis should include giloy in their daily diet to improve joint pain, swelling, stiffness and flexibility.
To sum up, when it comes to the health benefits of Giloy, the list is endless. Regular use of giloy gives glowing skin, it removes blemishes, acne and maintains hydration. It alleviates stress, anxiety and has a brain calming effect. Giloy juice is good for treating urinary infections and gastrointestinal disorders.
It won’t be wrong to regard Giloy as a complete health revitaliser.
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