A zesty remedy for good health


A zesty remedy for good health

With the delightful zest of raw mango and zing of ginger, mango-ginger (maavina shunti or amba haldi) is a close cousin of turmeric and is used in pickles, dips and seasoning. This rhizome has the combined flavours of ginger, turmeric and raw mango and has potent carminative, digestive, antihistamine and antispasmodic properties.

Known as amragandhi haridra in Sanskrit, it is said to have a cold potency and can balance the tri-doshas. Ayurveda uses mango-ginger as a remedy for a broad spectrum of ailments like fungal infections, colic pains, anorexia, bloating and cold and cough to name a few.

Studies indicate that mango-ginger is a rich source of phytosterols or plant sterols, which are similar in structure to the cholesterol produced in our body. When consumed, phytosterols fight cholesterol cells, thereby hindering their absorption in the digestive system. This in turn brings down the body cholesterol count.

Let’s take a look at a few remedies where mango-ginger is utilised:

For relief from cold and cough, mix a few drops of honey to about a tsp of fresh mango-ginger juice. Consume this to get relief from chest congestion.

To heal joint pains and swelling, apply a paste of mango-ginger over the affected area.

Treat indigestion with a glass of buttermilk spiced with a tsp of dried mango-ginger powder. Consume this 2-3 times a day to get relief from bloating and indigestion.

About 10 ml of the mango-ginger juice taken at night can provide relief from the stomach worms.

If you wish to benefit from mango-ginger’s medicinal properties on a daily basis, use it as an appetiser before your meals for better digestion and gut health.

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