Free radicals are essential to life and exists as a natural phenomena. Whenever we breathe or eat, our body breaks down the food into smaller molecules, some of which are highly reactive and unstable and need a partner to stabilise itself. In this process they snatch an electron from another molecule making that molecule deficient and unstable. This domino effect of trying to stabilise itself results in damage to other cells of the body.
Free radicals can be damaging when they outgrow in number and start impacting the cells in the body. Reducing free radicals in your body includes both reducing the chance they will form and providing your body with antioxidants. Antioxidants attach themselves to free radicals and neutralise their power without causing any further damage
Ayurvedic herbal medications are increasingly researched due to their biosafety profile and usefulness in cognitive impairment. They do not yield results over-night. Herbal supplements help only when they are taken for a prolonged period of time. Long-term consumption of purely crafted supplements do not make your body dependent on the herbal drug or supplement
Our body has many free radical scavengers. Anti-oxidants protect our body against free radicle damage caused to our cells. They are found in two properties, enzymatic and non-enzymatic. Enzymatic ones act as a primary gateway of defence against free radicals while non-enzymatic ones like vitamin A, C, and E, selenium, coenzyme Q10, and glutathione (GSH) help antioxidant actions protect neuronal tissue from free radical damage.
Non-enzymatic anti-oxidants are found in food, while enzymatic ones are created by the body, during the metabolic process
Imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals is the basis for free radical damage resulting in aging and cognitive decline
Bramhi attacks the free radical scavengers and protects cells in prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and DNA damage. It reduces stress-induced hippocampal damage and hence is a great supplement for brain. Herbal supplements do not have harmful impact on the body. In older times, kids were often given Bramhi powder with ghee/honey
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbal supplements that work to counteract the effects of stress in the body. Stress causes very real physical changes in the body, including harming the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Adaptogens have stimulant properties that help counteract those harmful effects
The root of Ashwagandha smells like horse (“ashwa”), that is why it is called Ashwagandha (on consuming it gives the power of a horse).
Ashwagandha is commonly available as a churna, a powder that can be mixed with water, ghee (clarified butter) or honey. It enhances the function of the brain and nervous system and improves the memory. It improves the function of the reproductive system promoting a healthy sexual and reproductive balance. Being a powerful adaptogen, it enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the cell-mediated immunity.
It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals
It can be safely given to children, best when given in milk, The paste formed when roots are crushed with water is applied to reduce the inflammation in the body It is also locally applied on wounds, ulcers and painful swellings.
A compound found in turmeric, offers therapeutic relief. It is a rich antioxidant which supports against body cell damage. It has found to delay or reverse diseases or age related decrease in body functions.
Curcumin has a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which found in the brain and spinal cord that plays a key role in keeping nerve cells healthy, as well as regulating communication between nerve cells, which is critical for learning and memory for kids
Consuming turmeric on daily basis with black pepper helps to keep the nerve cells healthy. It works best when consumed with black pepper, ginger and some honey for taste.