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Some more Functional Foods

Tulsi leaves or ‘Holy Basil’ has been used since ancient times to cure colds, coughs and heal wounds. But its medicinal effects are much more than that because it contains Eugenol and Mucilage.

    • This is extremely beneficial in controlling blood sugars
       thus can help prevent and manage diabetes
    • Helps control cholesterol, so helps prevent heart
Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)

Methi has been found effective in curing joint aches. It also contains Galactomannan which;

    • Controls blood sugars thus can help prevent and manage
    • Helps control cholesterol, so helps prevent heart
Gooseberry (Amla)

Amla is a commonly consumed fruits rich in Vitamin C which helps boost up your immunity. It also has Polyphenols
  • Helps control blood sugars
  • Helps keep cholesterol in check especially LDL – C (bad cholesterol)
  • Helps increase HDL – C (good cholesterol) that helps prevent heart disease
Only caution to be taken is Amla (35g) should be consumed daily in its natural form. It has to be fresh and free of salt.
Flaxseed/Linseed (Alsi)

Flaxseed is not so well known in most parts of India. It is an amazing oilseed that contains Omega 3 Fatty acids and Lignans , 10g of which if regularly consumed in a roasted form before food or added to foods helps in

    • Control of blood sugars thus help prevent or manage
    • Controls blood cholesterol levels and promotes heart
    • Helps prevent constipation
    • If regularly consumed helps promote weight loss

It’s a form of blue green algae that have found its way into the world of medicines because it’s a treasure house of nutrients ,Gamma linolenic acid, Beta carotene and Polyphenols to name a few.

    • It helps control blood sugars
    • Controls blood cholesterol
    • Helps promoting lung function in asthmatic patients
    • Helps promote kidney function in patients with kidney
Turmeric (Haldi)

Haldi is added in almost all Indian recipes, Haldi milk has been given by mothers to take care of common cold, they use haldi paste to cure cuts, wounds and burns. The active component of haldi is Curcumin which helps

    • Reduce inflammation
    • Boost the immune system
    • Helps prevent heart disease
V Rai, UV Mani and UM Iyer (1997)
Effect of Ocimum sanctum leaf powder supplementation on blood lipoproteins, glycated proteins and total amino acids in patients with NIDDM
J Nutr Environ Med 7: 113-118.

Mani UV, Desai S and Iyer UM (2000)
Studies on the long-term effect of spirulina supplementation on serum lipid profile and glycated proteins in NIDDM patients. J Nutraceuticals Functional Med Fds 2 (3): 25-32.

Parikh P, Uliyar V Mani and Uma M Iyer (2001)
Role of spirulina in control of glycemia and lipidemia in type 2 diabetes mellitus.
J Med Fds 4: 193-199.

Parikh P, UV Mani and UM Iyer (2001)
Control of diabetes mellitus through the food supplement Spirulina.
Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 45: (Supplement) 1 282.

R Samuels, U Mani and Uma Nayak (2001)
Spirulina in the treatment on nephritic syndrome patients
Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 45: 111.

RU Labhe, UV Mani and UM Iyer. (2001)
Effect of the functional food-spirulina in the management of bronchial asthma
Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 45 (Supplement 1): 107

Uliyar Mani, Alefia Sadliwala, Uma Iyer and Panam Parikh. (2002)
Spirulina supplementation improves blood haemoglobin levels.
Natural Product Radiance 1 (1): 37

Samuels R, Mani UV, Iyer UM, Nayak US. (2002)
Hypocholesterolemic effect of spirulina in hyperlipidemic nephrotic patients.
J Med Fds 5 (2): 91-96.
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