गिलोय के पत्ते पान के पत्ते की तरह होते हैं। गिलोय इतनी गुणकारी है कि इसका नाम अमृता रखा गया है। इसकी पत्तियों में कैल्शियम, प्रोटीन, फास्फोरस और तने में स्टार्च पाया जाता है। यह वात, कफ और पित्तनाशक होती है। गिलोय शरीर की रोग प्रतिरोधक क्षमता को बढ़ाती है। साथ ही इसमें एंटीबायोटिक और एंटीवायरल तत्व भी होते है।
10 benefits of giloy, why this root deserves your attention:
1. Boosts Immunity
Giloy is a universal herb that helps boost immunity”. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants which fight free-radicals, keep your cells healthy and get rid of diseases. Giloy helps remove toxins, purifies blood, fights bacteria that causes diseases and also combats liver diseases and urinary tract infections. “Giloy is used by experts in treating heart related conditions, and is also found useful in treating infertility”.
2. Treats Chronic Fever
Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Baidyanath says, “Giloy helps get rid of recurrent fevers. Since Giloy is anti-pyretic in nature, it can reduce signs and symptoms of several life threatening conditions like Dengue, Swine Flu and Malaria as well”.
3. Improves Digestion
“Giloy is very beneficial in improving digestion and treating bowel related issues”, says Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat. Tip: You can take half a gram of giloy powder with some amla regularly to maximize results, or with jaggery for treating constipation.
4. Treats Diabetes
According to Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital, “Giloy acts as a hypoglycaemic agent and helps treat diabetes (particularly Type 2 diabetes)”. Giloy juice helps reduce high levels of blood sugar and works wonders.
Benefits of giloy: Giloy acts as a hypoglycaemic agent and helps treat diabetes
5. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Did you know Giloy can be used as an adaptogenic herb as well? It helps reduce mental stress as well as anxiety. It helps get rid of toxins, boosts the memory, calms you down and makes for an excellent health tonic if combined with other herbs.
6. Fights Respiratory Problems
Dr. Ashutosh further adds, “Giloy is popularly known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and helps reduce respiratory problems like frequent cough, cold, tonsils”.
7. Treats Arthritis
“Giloy contains anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties that help treat arthritis and its several symptoms. For joint pain, the powder from giloy stem can be boiled with milk and consumed”, says Dr. Ashutosh. It can be used along with ginger to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Benefits of giloy: Giloy juice contains anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties
8. Reduces Asthmatic Symptoms
Asthma causes chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. which makes it very difficult to treat such a condition. “Chewing on giloy root or drinking giloy juice helps asthma patients and is often recommended by experts”, adds Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital.
9. Improves Vision
In several parts of India, Giloy plant is applied to the eyes as it helps boost vision clarity. All you need to do, is boil Giloy powder in water, let it cool down and apply over the eyelids.
10. Reduces Signs Of Aging
Giloy plant contains anti-aging properties that help reduce dark spots, pimples, fine lines and wrinkles. It gives you that flawless, glowing skin you’ve always wanted.