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12 Giloy Benefits to Keep Your Body Healthy

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You may find a natural remedy in Ayurvedic science for every medical condition. Similarly, Giloy herbs are one such widely used herb that may treat a wide range of health issues.

Giloy is a climber, primarily found in Sri Lanka and other Southeast Asia countries, that offers numerous essential compounds and properties.

For ages, the herb has been a part of Ayurvedic medicines and has successfully treated several health conditions.

Hence, this article will list several such health benefits of consuming giloy and its supplements.

12 Giloy Benefits

  1. Boosts Immune System

    Giloy or Tinospora cordifolia has always been used to boost an individual’s immunity. The shrub has several properties that may help fight against several pathogens and prevent multiple disorders.

    Giloy has antioxidant properties that could be beneficial in protecting[1] the cells from oxidative damage. Hence, you could say that giloy consumption may prevent several types of cancer[2].

    Giloy contains some essential compounds that could be beneficial in killing microbes like bacteria and other pathogens.

    It could be said that giloy may help kill larger pathogens to reduce the symptoms of existing conditions. On the other hand, the shrub may partially or fully reduce some allergic symptoms.

    Hence, you may consider consuming giloy to enhance your body’s fighting ability[3] against several medical conditions.

  2. Promotes Weight Loss

    Giloy could be a potential herb to lower an individual’s body weight. The plant contains several compounds that may help promote weight loss.

    Primarily, the shrub is rich in adiponectin and leptin, two proteins essential for smooth endocrine function.

    The giloy proteins may promote[4] weight loss by increasing the consumer’s metabolism. It may increase calorie burning and reduce excess fat to lower body weight.

    Additionally, the proteins may help reduce the appetite resulting in low-calorie consumption and aiding in weight loss.

    Alongside weight loss, the proteins may also control an individual’s growth and development. For better results, you may consider consuming giloy regularly in the morning after the first meal.

  3. Good For Skin

    People consuming giloy have observed improved skin quality and skin conditions. Moreover, the herb may prevent developing several unpleasant skin conditions.

    Giloy contains multiple[5] antioxidants that play a crucial role in fighting free radicals and minimizing oxidative stress that prevents skin cells from significant damage.

    The shrub has also shown anti-aging properties resulting in reduced wrinkles and lines on the skin. Moreover, giloy may increase collagen production to delay the aging process.

    Some people have also reported a reduction in pigmentation, dark spots, acne, etc., on the skin due to giloy consumption.

    You may consider consuming the giloy supplement or applying directly to the skin to get the desired results.

  4. Protects And Promotes Hair Growth

    Giloy’s antioxidant properties could be a primary reason for getting strong and healthy hair.

    They say that it has shown the antioxidants present in giloy prevent the hair follicles from harmful free radicals and prevent their damage.

    It is believed that people consuming giloy regularly or applying the shrub on their hair frequently may find some visible changes in their hair growth.

    Several users have revealed that the shrub may promote hair growth and increase the hair follicle’s strength to prevent them from falling.

    Massaging giloy on the scalp may improve the blood and nutrient flow resulting in better hair health. Hence, you may opt for the natural treatment to prevent your hair condition.

  5. Treats Chronic Fever

    As per Ayurvedic science, fever in humans could be due to toxic particles remaining from improper digestion or foreign agents like microbes, etc.

    Here, giloy could be the best medicine to treat such chronic and recurrent fever.

    The study[6] has shown that giloy’s anti-inflammatory and antipyretic properties could help boost immunity, which may lower the high body temperature and other fever symptoms.

    But, you must consume giloy supplements in the required dosage to recover yourself from the health condition.

    Some experts believe that an individual must drink at least 2-3 tablespoons of giloy supplement with water on an empty stomach for faster recovery.

  6. May Treat Dengue Fever

    Generally, people suffering from dengue experience a significant drop in platelet count in the blood. Platelets are the colorless cell fragments that help to clot blood during an injury.

    Hence, loss in platelet count may cause increased blood loss during any cut or wound. Here, giloy could be a savior for dengue patients.

    Giloy has antipyretic properties[6] that may help to lower increasing body temperature during dengue.

    Moreover, giloy could be beneficial in recovering the decreasing platelet count and avoiding unwanted complications.

    Some experiments also suggest that you may boil papaya leaves[7] with giloy to balance the platelet number in the blood.

  7. May Prevent COVID Infection

    Coronavirus or COVID primarily targets people with low or weak immunity. Hence, it becomes essential for every individual to boost their immunity through natural methods.

    Here, giloy may help increase immunity and prevent you from getting coronavirus infection. To date, no specific evidence related to giloy treating or curing coronavirus infection.

    But, studies and surveys have revealed that it may help control the spreading of disease.

    Some health experts suggest[8] that people may consider consuming two tablespoons of giloy juice with water for at least a month to boost immunity.

    Moreover, you may drink giloy along with ashwagandha to prevent yourself from such harmful infection.

  8. Reduce Stress, Depression, and Anxiety

    Giloy consumption may help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms.

    The shrub consists of adaptogenic properties that may calm down the nerves and lower the brain’s blood pressure, resulting in reduced stress.

    Moreover, the supplement may help increase the production of stress-relieving hormones that naturally controls excessive stress.

    This research[9] suggests that Giloy’s anti-inflammatory properties may help repair the damaged brain cells.

    It also states that the herb could help remove toxins and boost memory. Moreover, Giloy consumption may control symptoms linked to depression.

    Hence, several pharmaceutical companies use Giloy as an active ingredient in stress and anxiety relieving medicines.

  9. Controls Blood Sugar Level

    Giloy is a traditional medicine that Ayurvedic experts have preferred. Some ancient Indian Ayurvedic texts have mentioned giloy as “Madhnashini” (in Sanskrit), which means the destroyer of sugar.

    Hence, you may say that giloy could be beneficial in lowering blood sugar levels. Generally, giloy consumption has been linked to increased insulin production.

    But, the shrub could help increase glucose burning, which may lower blood sugar levels. This study[10] has also mentioned that giloy may help treat Type 2 diabetes.

    The hypoglycemic properties may help manage the diabetic condition and reduce the high blood sugar levels.

  10. May Improve Digestive Problems

    As per Ayurvedic science, giloy consists of digestive properties that may help improve your digestion.

    Moreover, the juice may help treat several digestive issues like vomiting, diarrhea, hyperacidity, etc.

    A review[11] revealed that the Giloy supplements could be helpful in the growth of friendly bacteria in the stomach that may promote smooth digestion.

    According to healthcare experts, an individual may consume half a tablespoon of Giloy supplement mixed with one glass of normal or boiled water twice a day to improve digestion.

  11. May Help Treat Arthritis And Other Joint Issues

    Giloy has been a beneficial natural medicine to lower arthritis symptoms and joint pains. The herb works finely in reducing severe pain in older adults.

    It is believed that giloy has Vata balancing properties that significantly lower pain in arthritis patients.

    Moreover, giloy herbs could be beneficial in blood purification, which aids in several health benefits, including joint pains.

    The research[12] has also revealed that giloy shows anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting the production of cytokines and reducing inflammation and joint pain.

    You may consider consuming the magical herb with milk to get better benefits.

  12. May Improve Respiratory Issues

    Giloy consumption could be useful in treating several respiratory issues.  The herb’s anti-inflammatory properties have helped prevent[13] several respiratory problems like cough, cold, tonsil, etc.

    On the other hand, some experts believe that Giloy could be a potential asthma treatment.

    The herb may potentially lower the asthma symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, chest congestion, etc.

    Hence, it would be best if you consume Giloy roots or juice directly in recommended dosage to treat asthma.

Conclusion

As some experts and ancestors believe, Giloy is a magical herb that offers multiple health benefits.

Practical usage has confirmed the health benefits of Giloy that could be consumed in numerous forms like raw, juice, or supplement.

Hence, if you have any issues mentioned above, you may consume Giloy herbs to get the benefits.

References/Sources

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