Belonging to the family Asteraceae, false daisy (Eclipta alba) is traditionally used as a liver tonic and to increase hair growth in Ayurveda. Also known by the names bhringraj and trailing eclipta, it grows as a weed in moist places.
False daisy is useful in the treatment of liver cirrhosis and infective hepatitis. It is also used as an anti-venom against snakebite.[2,3] Its analgesic properties can alleviate toothaches when the leaves of the plant are rubbed against the gums. Animal studies show an acute reduction of blood glucose levels (by 10.8-17.6 percent) in diabetic rats when given a 100-250mg/kg of an ethanolic extract of false daisy.
False Daisy For Hypertension
In a clinical study, when people with hypertension were given 3gm of false daisy daily (1gm at every main meal), the systolic blood pressure was reduced by 19 percent and diastolic by 11 percent when compared with the placebo.
The antioxidant effects of false daisy reduce triglyceride levels, LDL and vLDL (bad cholesterol), which helps in lowering blood pressure.
How To Take It
Take 500mg of false daisy supplements three times daily after meals to ease your symptoms of hypertension. Buy it online here.
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