Grandma’s Kadha Tablets - Bubbles of Goodness
The Coronavirus pandemic, which is hopefully on its last leg, has given us a lot to think about; and made us realise it takes a lot to completely wipe out the virus and build immunity and resistance. We have all braved through a very difficult phase and have been living each day mindfully by focusing on a healthy lifestyle. Many have turned inwards – be it to do some soul searching or to find the best ingredients to recuperate the mind and the body. Wellbeing Nutrition is god-sent as it keeps all these factors in mind and offers small but powerful packages of goodness.
Kadha is an age-old recipe, made by steeping a combination of herbs in hot water. The blend is time tested and follows the principles of Ayurveda. It strengthens the immune system and keeps the seasonal flu and infections away. Traditionally, a decoction of adaptogenic herbs has been used to treat ailments. Adaptogens are any substance said to improve the health of the body’s response to stress. The basic symptoms of flu are fatigue, mind fogginess, nasal congestion and altered taste.
The adaptogenic herb combination of it is as follows
Enchinacea – Enchinacea is a Native American herb, and is popular globally. When ingested, it activates chemicals in the body that decrease inflammation, and may also reduce cold and flu symptoms.
Kulinjan – Kulinjan is from the Indian sub-continent and belongs to the ginger family. It exhibits expectorant, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, and provides relief against phlegm, chest congestion, cough, asthma, and other respiratory ailments.
Turmeric – Turmeric is used in Indian cuisine for 5000 years. It belongs to the ginger family, has gained a lot of popularity in the recent years. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Curcumin might help fight off a variety of viruses, including herpes and the flu.
Coriander - Coriander is an Italian herb, widely used globally. Some prefer the leaf and others prefer the fruit. It is astringent, bitter and sweet in taste, cardiac tonic, digestive stimulant and carminative. It cures cough, morbid thirst and vomiting.
Tulsi – The Holy Basil, colloquially known as Tulsi, is the most famous medicinal herb on the planet. Often referred to as the Queen of Herbs, it is considered to have numerous healing properties. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial properties keeping infections at bay and is the star ingredient in any traditional kadha recipe.
Amla – Gooseberries belong to the southern South Asian countries. It is a rich source of polyphenols and vitamin C, which supports and strengthens the immune system. It protects the body against oxidative stress. It is possibly the only food in the world which does not lose its Vitamic C content when boiled or sun dried.
Mulethi - Liquorice Root is widely grown, and apart from being a medicinal herb, it is also used as a sweetener in many FMCG foods. It contains glycyrrhizin acid which gives this herb a sweet taste. Mulethi has antiviral and antimicrobial properties, which help reduce inflammation specifically in the bronchial tubes. The herb thins and loosens the mucus inside the airways, as a result, eases coughing and congestion.
Black Pepper - Black pepper is one of the most widely used spices in the world. It contains an alkaloid called piperine. This chemical seems to have many positive effects in the body. It may reduce pain, improve breathing, and reduce inflammation. Combining pepper with turmeric is a great idea, to increase the bioavailability of curcumin present in turmeric.
Adhulsa - The herb is an integral part of Ayurveda because of its antitussive, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. The juice of its leaf is the most common remedy for cough, respiratory diseases and bleeding disorders. It is also a highly effective natural medicine for respiratory infections.
Ginger - Ginger is an Austronesian herb, commonly used in many cultures for cooking. It is a natural expectorant, which breaks down and removes mucus for quick relief from cold. With the ability to fight germs, it can kill harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli, and ward off viruses such as respiratory syncytial virus.
Bharangi – Bharangi is an Indian herb used for treating respiratory ailments. The leaf decoction is a good bronchodilator. It can effectively provide quick comfort from problems like colds, bronchitis, bronchial asthma and tuberculosis
Shankhpushpi - This Indian herb is memory-enhancing, ant-oxidative, and anti-inflammatory. It improves intelligence and functioning of the brain. It also helps in enhancing concentration, learning capabilities, mental fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety, and depression.
Kalmegh – Kalmegh is a Sri Lankan herb with a slightly bitter taste. It has numerous health benefits. It boosts immunity and is used to manage the symptoms of the common cold, sinusitis and allergies due to its antimicrobial and immunomodulatory properties.
The saying “good things come in small packages” is true for the Grandma’s Kadha tablets as it is a small effervescent tablet with numerous ingredients to restore health. Our mouth is the most common route for administration of medicine as it is cost-effective and the most convenient.
There are many who are not comfortable glugging down chunky tablets because of fear of choking or difficulty swallowing. With the new age technology of ‘drop and drink’ with the effervescent tablets, you have to just drop a tablet in water and wait for it to dissolve. Grandma’s Kadha tablet, is just as easy! Drop a tablet into 250ml of hot water and let it steep. This will allow all the ingredients to come to life and a healthy warm drink is ready for you!
Combinations of adaptogenic herbs form the Grandma’s Kadha tablets. It is caffeine free and is the best drink you can lay your hands on to rejuvenate and boost your overall wellbeing. While some adaptogens are said to have health-promoting abilities, some can produce side effects, particularly if taken for too long or in too high doses. One must definitely consult a physician prior to consumption, in order to understand the drug interaction with these herbs.
Being a nutritionist, I realise many of us are always playing catch up in this fast-paced life. I recommend Grandma’s Kadha tablets as it is 100% organic, plant-based, non-GMO and suitable for those who practice a vegan lifestyle or those who are gluten intolerant. It is formulated to give you the right amount of proven ingredients providing a powerful immunity booster. More than that, Wellbeing Nutrition concurs with the same idea of offering more – be it in terms of the value you get for buying the product or enhancing your health through this small but effective Kadha tablet.
About the author
Ambika is trained in nutrition, feeling deeply passionate about wellbeing and healthy sustainable eating patterns. As a food expert, Ambika helps you identify patterns, decode myth and fads.
Using her experience and knowledge, she advises on the following aspects of nutrition- digestive issues such as (bloating, IBS), improving energy levels, weight management, stress related issues, cardiovascular disease, food intolerances, sports nutrition and diseases such as PCOS, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes (type 1 and type 2), hypertension, high cholesterol and hormonal imbalances; all towards yelling tangible and dramatic results.
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She pursued studies in Nutrition, completing her Bachelors in Human Nutrition from Kingston University, London; followed by Masters in Public Health Nutrition from University of Bedfordshire, in England. She has worked under celebrity nutritionist Ishi Khosla to being in the corporate structure with Max Group of Hospitals. Ambika lives in New Delhi and consults on nutrition globally through her online service. She has been invited to consult for several corporate and start-ups.