From creating recipes like Chutney, and Vadas, to having dried flower petals regularly – How much neem is good for health

In one of his posts on social media, PM Narendra Modi posted a picture of Neem and Mishri on the occasion of Chaitra Navratri and said,To mark the start of a new year many people across the nation have Neem and Mishri.

During Chaitra Navratri, many people including me, have juice prepared from Neem tender leaves and flowers.” – he said. 

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LIke everything else this too caught on and much was discussed on the benefits of Neem and Mishri. Together they work as a power-packed immunity booster that also helps improve digestion and strengthen the overall mechanism of the body. 

Popularly known benefits

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a type of evergreen tree native to India. In Ayurvedic medicine, neem extract has long been used for a variety of health-related purposes including asthma, constipation, cough, diabetes, gastric ulcers, indigestion, periodontal disease, and urinary tract infection.

It is also purported to reduce inflammation, improve liver health, alleviate pain, preserve eyesight, stimulate the immune system, and protect against heart disease.

One tree that whose every part of beneficial 

It is an antiseptic that helps cleanse the system and is also used to cure skin impurities. According to Ayurveda, neem flowers help calm the system ahead of summer. It is a pitta pacifier and this is why it is used in many homes across South India with the onset of the summer season. 

Benefits of the combination 

According to Ayurveda, Khadi Shakkar or Mishri helps ease a cough, prevents cold, and strengthens a weak immune system. It is medicinal in nature and helps increase levels of Hemoglobin too. It is also useful in anemia, pale skin, dizziness, fatigue, and weakness. Eating mishri post-meal helps improve digestion and also works as a mouth freshener, say health experts. 

As people started following healthy diets, to become more immune and save themselves from infections, ingredients like neem began to get very popular. From creating recipes with it to add it to their daily routine, like Chutney, and Vadas, to having dried petals regularly – they do it all. 

However, is It safe to include neem in your daily diet? 

According to Ayurvedic Doctor Shambhu Hebbar, “It is Not.”

  • Neem as such is medicine and not food. One should be careful in taking it. That’s the reason it is advised only on special occasions like Ugadi
  • It is bitter and has a drying effect on the body, hence useful in the early stage of diabetes. However, if taken indiscriminately without proper medical guidance it will cause more dryness and can worsen symptoms in a diabetic patient.  

So, moral of the story is that just because neem is beneficial, having it on a daily basis can lead to problems. Before you get into any health regime, the best thing to do is consult your ayurvedic specialist.

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