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Giloy, also known as guduchi or Tinospora cordifolia, is often called ‘amruta’ which translates into ‘the drink of mortality.’ Honestly, it has earned the name given the multiple benefits it can have for our health.
In fact, it has been an integral part of Ayurveda for thousands of years due to its medicinal qualities. It has proven to be helpful in treating as well as preventing ailments that can negatively impact our health.
This heart-shaped leaf has been in the news recently due to the coronavirus pandemic. People have discovered the benefits of giloy all over again, and have been consuming it regularly to keep their immunity at its best. However, as we discover more about giloy, it is becoming clear that it can be extremely helpful in managing blood sugar levels.
We live extremely hectic lives that often result in a disturbed sleep cycle, no fixed meal timings, and a lack of physical activity. This has a direct impact on our blood sugar levels as a disturbed lifestyle results in our body finding it difficult to utilise the sugar present in the bloodstream effectively enough to produce energy. Over time, it can lead to the development of diabetes.
So, there’s no doubt that blood sugar levels need to be managed efficiently in order to ensure we can steer clear of diabetes. Here, giloy can be of extreme help by keeping your blood sugar levels under control, thereby helping you steer clear of diabetes. In fact, a study published in PubMed Central observes that giloy has powerful anti-diabetic properties.
Giloy improves metabolism by working on digestion (known as a pachan property in Ayurveda). What’s more, it also improves absorption (known as deepan property in Ayurveda). Both these functions, when performed smoothly by our body, leads to better regulation of blood sugar levels. Moreover, giloy has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which means that it can also help with diabetes-related illnesses such as the healing of wounds and kidney function.
When it comes to consumption, it is ideal to have giloy right in the morning on an empty stomach for enhanced digestion. You can choose to consume its juice, pop a small capsule of it, or mix giloy powder with warm water to consume it. Rest assured, you will see just how beneficial it is to manage blood sugar levels!