Drawing associations between health benefits with the food that is consumed is a rather complex question to answer, let alone prove the benefits of a specific food product on health conclusively. However, numerous research studies have hinted at a very strong relation between organic food products and improvements in health and overall well-being.
While organic products have been associated with reduced public health risks to farm workers and consumers alike by curtailing their exposure to toxic, persistent chemicals, evidence shows that organically grown foods are richer in nutrients such as Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin C etc. and helps one manage their weight effectively.
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Cissus quadrangularis, an important component used in traditional African and Ayurvedic medicine, is deemed as one of the most effective medicines for bone health and weight loss. It finds popular use for conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, haemorrhoids, for its antioxidant, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties. For example, studies have found that it has potent anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve even the most severe of joint pains.
The leaves and stems of Moringa olifera are known to have a large amount of their calcium and it is a wonder herb that seems to have more calcium than milk, more vitamin than carrot, more vitamin c than orange, more iron than spinach and more potassium than Banana.
Cissus quandrangularis contains vitamins and steroids which are found to fasten the rate of healing by nearly a period of two weeks for a patient suffering from bone fracture by causing early regeneration of all connective tissues and quicker mineralisation of the callus
It is also used for peptic ulcer, painful menstrual cycles, obesity etc. It is interesting to note that Cissus quadrangularis extracts can also be found in some bodybuilding supplements, as an alternative to steroids and has also been seen to support weight loss in adults.
However, the consumption of this might have certain side effects such as – diarrhoea, insomnia
intestinal gas, dry mouth etc. Cissus quadrangularis lowers blood sugar levels so if you are on blood pressure medications, please monitor your blood sugar levels closely.
How to take moringa and cissus quadrangularis for your health?
Cissus quadrangularis and moringa oleifera can be taken in the form of tablets, capsules or as herbal extracts. Cissus quadrangularis and moringa oleifera capsules are also available over the counter but it is better if one has a doctor’s prescription before taking these. It is best to consult a licensed medical practitioner, well versed in the use and benefits of Moringa and cissus quadrangularis and give them an exhaustive list of the medications that you have been consuming.
These could include even vitamin and herbal supplements that you take. For example, if one takes Warfarin, then taking a Cissus Quadrangularis Extract / Moringa Oleifera might result in a counter intuitive bodily response or adverse reaction. It is important to be aware of the fact that some health conditions are more susceptible to the side effects of this drug. For instance, if someone is pregnant or is breastfeeding a child or is hypersensitive, then taking this extract is not advisable.
While there is no specific home recipe to combine the two to create a superfood, it can be consumed as a part of one’s diet to get numerous benefits. Moringa, the miracle superfood, can be consumed as tea, or added to one’s smoothies or can be made into a delicious curry as this nature's wonder is brimming with health benefits. In fact, moringa and ginger tea is used for weight loss and is an excellent immunity booster.
Also, please note that Cissus quadrangularis poultice is very good for treating sprains and swollen joints – the juice, tamarind paste, salt must be mixed and heated before it is applied on the sprained/ fractured area.
If one were to consume hadjod powder, what is the recommended way to do it?
A daily dosage of 1.5 grams as powder, 5 ml as the juice or 1 tablet, after meals, along with milk or ghee is recommended. However, this is no substitute for a proper doctor’s consultation or prescription.
Can Cissus quadrangularis be grown at home?
Cissus quadrangularis/ devil’s bone/ hadjod can be grown at home; it is a succulent cactus that needs minimal caring. One can use the tender stem to consume, but with the caveat that one must smear his or her hands with sesame oil before plucking the plant in order to prevent intense itching. If the Pirandai/ hadjod is a bit aged, after breaking at the nodes, take a peeler and remove the sharp edges like we do for ridged gourds and then use it.
Cissus quadrangularis and moringa oleifera have amazing properties that offer the most comforting solutions to some of the most painful problems. It is important that you leverage the benefits that mother nature has to offer in order to lead a healthier life brimming with wellness and joy.