Giloy juice made from giloy stem has loads of medicinal uses and health benefits. It aids weight loss, treats pcos, skin and hair problems, reduces uric acid, prevents cancer, improves platelet count so it is beneficial for treating dengue fever, has a protective effect on our kidney and liver and also it improves immunity! Giloy juice can be made separately and consumed mixed with honey or it can be made by combining it with herbs like amla, aloe vera and papaya too.
What Is Giloy Juice?
Giloy plant is a creeper and it belongs to the family Menispermaceae and genus Tinospora. This plant can be found growing wild on trees and shrubs and it can be easily identified with the heart shaped leaves and red fruits. The leaves have a perfect heart shape and giloy can be easily grown in pots at home. The stem part of the plant is the most used part and giloy juice is usually made by crushing it along with water.
Giloy Juice Benefits:
1. For Weight Loss:
Giloy juice is effective for weight loss because it has been proven to reduce fatty liver disease caused due to high sugar diets. Fructose in sugar is one of the main reasons for fatty liver which increases visceral fat, which is considered the most dangerous type of fat. As the consumption of fructose increases, chances of us getting fat also increases and giloy greatly helps prevent it, here is the study that supports this claim.
2. For Diabetics:
Giloy juice is wonderful for diabetic patients as it both helps reduce blood sugar levels along with preventing many of the complications associated with diabetes. One of the main complication of long term diabetes is diabetic neuropathy which results in nerve damage and giloy juice greatly helps prevent it.
3. To Prevent Cancer:
Giloy due it’s presence of wide range of bioactive compounds have anti cancer properties and it has been proven to be effective against many cancer cell lines including prostate cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, skin cancer, etc. One another amazing use of giloy is it has protective effect and greatly helps reduce the side effects of cancer treatments.
4. For Treating Dengue:
Giloy juice has anti pyretic properties and also helps improve platelet count so it is very useful for treating many type of fevers including dengue fever and chikungunya. It also helps reduce pain, inflammation and fever as it has anti inflammatory and analgesic properties too. Traditionally giloy juice is consumed for treating fevers and it helps reduce headache and body pain that is usually common during fevers.
5. Anti Stress Properties:
Another very interesting use of giloy juice is it’s stress reducing properties. It reduces both mental and physical stress. It improves cardiovascular performance and reduces physical stress caused due to intense exercise. It is also very effective for treating many psychological problems like anxiety, depression, etc. Giloy juice also improves memory and learning.
6. Anti Arthritic Properties:
Since giloy has anti inflammatory properties, it is widely used in ayurvedic formulations used for treating arthritis. Though there are many medicines for treating rheumatoid arthritis, most come with lot of side effects. Giloy juice is equally effective like medications used for treating arthritis but with little to no side effects, you can read the study that supports this claim here.
Giloy Juice Side Effects:
Giloy juice is very good for diabetic patients but it is best consumed by diabetic patients under medical supervision as it might lower the blood sugar levels significantly. Giloy juice has anti fertility properties which is reversible once you stop taking it. If you are trying for pregnancy, it is best to avoid giloy in any form. You can read the study that supports this claim here. Pregnant and feeding mothers should avoid giloy juice and for some people, it might cause mild form of constipation otherwise giloy juice is very safe to use.
How To Drink Giloy Juice?
The general suggested dosage of giloy powder is around is around 1 to 2 tbsps per day. For kids it is best to take giloy juice under medical supervision. These are general dosages but for treating specific illnesses please consult an ayurvedic physician. The normal suggested duration for improving immunity is usually around 60 to 90 days.
How To Prepare Giloy Juice At Home?
1. To prepare giloy juice, first collect fresh giloy stem and cut into small chunks.
2. Now grind the stem without adding any water to mash them up and then add very little water and grind to a smooth paste.
3. Now strain to get giloy juice and sweeten with honey if you prefer. This is the base recipe, you can also add other herbs like given below and make the juice.
Types Of Giloy Juice:
1. Giloy And Amla Juice:
To make giloy amla juice, collect fresh giloy steam. Take a small giloy stem, wash and take it in a mixer along with 2 fresh amla after removing the inner seeds. Now grind in a mixer along with little water and strain. This juice will help improve immunity, aid digestion, reduce both mental and physical stress and also improve iron absorption due to it’s high vitamin C content. You can also add seasoning like cumin seeds, salt or kala namak to the juice too
2. Giloy and Aloe Vera Juice:
Giloy and aloe vera is a famous combination that has wonderful medicinal uses. To make giloy aloe vera juice, take a small giloy stem, wash and take it in a mixer. Now cut a fresh aloe vera leaf, wash the slimy green juice completely and then remove the throns on both sides of the leaf. After removing the thorns, cut the leaf in half and scoop out the inner gel and add to the mixer jar. Grind both to a smooth juice along with little water and strain. This juice treats stomach ulcers along with improving immunity.
3. Giloy & Papaya Leaf Juice:
Giloy and papaya leaf juice is a very powerful combination for treating dengue fever. It helps raise platelet levels and also treats many of the symptoms associated with the disease. To make the juice, take a small giloy stem, wash and take it in a mixer. Now take a fresh papaya leaf, wash and remove the thick middle part of the leaf. Tear the leaf into small pieces and add it to the mixer along with little water and grind to a paste and strain. This juice is extremely bitter but it helps increase platelet levels very very effectively and also helps improve immunity.