Top 5 Health Benefits of Arjuna

Arjuna or Arjuna Terminalia, is extracted from the bark of the reddish 80-90ft tall Arjuna tree and is native to India. Arjuna is named after the famed archer and warrior disciple of Lord Krishna, ‘Arjuna’ from the ancient Indian epic metaphysical treatise, The Mahabharata. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 3,000 years, essentially as a heart and balancing remedy for the three doshas or “humors”. The available research is mostly based on animal studies but shows very promising results.

1. Protects the Heart

Arjuna is recognised as a heart tonic and for being cardioprotective. It increases coronary artery flow and protects the heart muscles. It also helps to improve symptoms in those that have suffered heart failure. It is said to have potent effects on angina as powerful as nitroglycerin.

2. Regulates Blood Pressure

Arjuna helps maintain blood pressure within the normal range, thanks to some of tannins it contains.

3. Fights Cholesterol

Arjuna may help to lower cholesterol levels in the body, as well as reducing lipid peroxidation and degradation. This is likely due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Improve Energy Levels

Arjuna appears to help improve endurance in physical activities by increasing the oxygen consumption capacity of the body.

5. Helpful in Combatting Cancer

Some of the compounds in Arjuna such as Arjunolic acid seems to help reduce tumour growth as well as DNA damage.

The Arjuna herb is a promising natural heart-protective remedy, although more research is needed. You can find it widely available now from many outlets as a supplement or as a herbal infusion. Have you tried Arjuna; what effects did you notice if you had experienced any heart health issues? What other Ayurvedic products are you into these days? Let us know in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Check out these other Top 5’s, learn how to eliminate disease once and for all and learn how the plant-based movement is on the rise!)

Sebastien Combret

Sebastien, from Alsace, France is a food enthusiast with a background in design. He loves to experiment with recipes and find ways to improve them. He's a die-hard culture-vulture having lived in Italy and China, and travelling throughout south-east Asia, Europe and North Africa. Now living in the UK, he's completed an MBA in environmental management, carried on into an MSc in International Innovation, launched a startup and is now going into research. He loves learning and researching science, all things culinary, cooking including of course eating (he's French afterall!) He also practices meditation, qi gong, yoga etc and is always ready to travel!

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