Giloy, the creeper that will rejuvenate your immune system.
Giloy, or guduchi, is a creeper herb that can cure many diseases naturally. Giloy, or guduchi, is something we've all heard about some way or the other. It's recommended by our mothers and grandmothers every time we get a chronic fever, or even something as serious as dengue. And it's, of course, recommended by Baba Ramdev, who believes the plant is the best cure for all our diseases.

Giloy is one of the most effective ayurvedic medicines out there. Known as one of the amritas (root of immortality) in ancient ayurvedic texts, this perennial climbing herb is very easy to grow. And consuming it is easier still.

Given the fact that the whole world is now looking for superfoods that keep you fit and to stay in shape, why not give giloy a try as well?

We had a chat with Lovneet Batra, a Nutritionist associated with Fortis Healthcare, to find out all you need to know about giloy.

What are the nutritional benefits of having giloy?

1. It has strong antioxidant properties, which protects against free radical damage and boosts immunity.

2. It helps in reducing fever, also effective for chronic fevers such as dengue or chikungunia.

3. It helps in increasing blood platelet count.

4. It aids in digestion, highly alkaline and has anti-inflammatory effect, which aids in treatment of arthritis and asthma.5. It can help reduce blood glucose levels for type-2 diabetics.

Is there a particular amount that should be had, or can we have as much of it as we want?

For most adults, 1g/day is sufficient and dose should not exceed 3g/day.

Should giloy be given to infants and children?

No, it is not advisable for infants. It is only safe for children above the age of 5 years. The dosage for these children should not exceed 250mg in a day.

What form of giloy is most effective--powder, juice, or capsule?

Powder, or a concoction boiled in water is most effective

Can giloy be adapted into healthy recipes, like we do with flaxseed?

For its maximum benefit, it is best to have giloy with water without mixing with other foods.

Now if you're wondering where to find giloy, just look around. 

You'll find it any ayurvedic or organic store, especially in powder, juice or capsule form.

You can also grow it at home very easily. Just get a giloy stem from your local nursery, and plant it in a pot like you'd do with money plant. It grows very fast, and you can boil the leaves to make the juice at home.

While every part of the herb is used to prepare medicines, including the leaves, stem, and flowers, preparing the juice from the leaves is the easiest. Having it regularly in the right dose can make a lot of difference to your immune system.

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