India is a land that has contributed to many scientific discoveries. There are food items too that holds medicinal values. Over the years, the western countries too have included such Indian items which have proved to be extremely helpful in improving one’s health. Well, something similar is happening again. Researchers at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU) revived an ancient drink that has medicinal benefits too. Not only that, dairy giant Amul is in talks with the researchers to launch the revived ancient Indian drink.
Commonly called ‘farmers soup’, the drink is famous in different parts of the nation. Of course, there are different names in which it is popular among the masses.
While it is called rabdi chach in Rajasthan, the Maharashtrian name for it is ambil. The process of preparation is fairly simple and all you need to prepare the drink is leftover rice or roti and buttermilk. Traditionally, the leftover rice or roti is soaked in buttermilk overnight. The drink is then strained and served for consumption. At times, roti or rice is replaced with cereals too.
Sadly, with colas and aerated soft drinks dominating the market, the consumption of this drink slowly declined. However, a collaboration of MSU researchers with Amul in marketing this revived ancient Indian drink can change that scenario.
The researchers tested the beverage on a group of 290 people with depression. The result showed that there is a significant drop in the level of depression for the test subjects. Not only that, but their daily behavior also underwent a significant positive change after drinking this beverage for 30 days. This is what one of the researchers said:
“We found a significant drop of 4.2% in the levels of cortisol, which is the body’s main stress hormone among the group members. Moreover, the drink also increased the amount of good bacteria and significantly reduced the harmful E-coli in them.”
The team of MSU patented the technology that will help in increasing the shelf-life of this diary-based drink. They collaborated with Amul to get it tetra packed. As per reports, the drink is ready for sale in the market. Will you buy this drink if it is marketed? Do you think it has the capability to deal with depression? Why don’t you share your thoughts in the comments below?