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Chyawanprash is a potent concoction that contains as many as 50 nutrient-rich herbs and minerals that are cooked together with honey or jaggery to form a paste-like consistency. Amla, which is considered the world’s richest source of vitamin C is the main ingredient of chyawanprash. Most of the brands do not use fresh Amla fruit, at Shushen Herbals, we only use the fresh fruit that enhances the flavor of chyawanprash and makes it much more nutritious.
The ancient Ayurvedic texts mention that chyawanprash should consist of 4 classes of herbs: The Dashmula class (ten roots); the Chaturjata class (four aromatic plants); Ashtavarga (rare medicinal herbs found in Northwest Himalayas that are no more commercially available easily), and a general class (those not belonging to the above classes).
Below are the main ingredients of Chyawanprash, and their benefits -
There are many health benefits of eating Chyawanprash regularly. Following are a few of them:
Chyawanprash is a very effective immunity booster because of its high content of antioxidants and vitamin C. It strengthens the immune system to fight against various micro-organisms and shields against infections and illnesses. Regular use of chyawanprash remarkably reduces the frequency of catching a common cold, fever, flu, and other respiratory infections.
Chyawanprash is a proven remedy that helps in preventing and relieving cough. Chyawanprash keeps the respiratory tract hydrated, helps manage asthma and treats allergic rhinitis, which is caused due to weather change.
Ailments like Acidity, stomach ulcer, gastritis has become common these days owing to unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle. Some studies state that chyawanprash is useful to treat ailments like gastritis, peptic ulcer and gut cramps. However, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before using Chyawanprash for treating these issues.
The strong aphrodisiac properties of herbs like saffron, ashwagandha, Bala, Shatavari, etc. present in chyawanprash increases libido and fertility in men and women. It boosts the production of hormones, relieves anxiety, and increases blood flow to the genitals, thus improving sexual performance and health.
Chyawanprash lowers the lipids, thus reducing cholesterol deposits in arteries and preventing blockage and heart attack. It strengthens the cardiac muscles. The anxiolytic herbs present in chyawanprash relieve stress and anxiety, thus helping with high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and palpitations.
The high fiber content in chyawanprash delays the hunger pangs and avoids overeating, helping with the weight loss efforts. It boosts metabolism by improving digestion, further aiding with weight loss. Chyawanprash is rich in flavonoids that help the body shed excess weight. Regular intake of Chyawanprash also improves metabolism and thus helps in maintaining a healthy weight.
The herbs in chyawanprash help remove the toxins from the body and purify the blood, which gives a glowing complexion. The abundance of vitamin C and antioxidants present in chyawanprash plays a vital role in keeping the skin healthy and younger-looking. Chyawanprash helps in the repair, regeneration, and protection of the tissues in our body including the skin tissues which slows down the overall aging process.
Exposure to UV rays causes premature aging of the skin. In an interesting research, hairless mice were exposed to UV rays which caused photoaging (aging of the skin caused due the exposure of the skin to UV rays) of the mice's skin. These Mice were then given Chyawanprash mixed with drinking water for 3 weeks, which reduced the signs of photoaging.
As per Charak Samhita, one of the most ancient and authoritative books of Ayurveda, hair, nail and teeth are the metabolic byproducts or waste products of asthi dhatu (asthi dhatu is similar to bones) . Consumption of Chyawanprash nourishes all the seven prime dhatus in our body, including the asthi dhatu. Thus regular consumption of Chyawanprash makes you hair strong and beautiful from within.
Amla and other herbs that are rich sources of calcium help keep the bones strong. Herbs present in chyawanprash like Shatavari, Bala, ghee, Gokshura, etc. are well known for increasing strength and stamina of the body and are also useful in regaining strength after an illness.
If you are wondering if Chyawanprash can be taken with milk, the answer is yes. There are many benefits of Chyawanprash with milk. Chyawanprash that is prepared as per proper procedure does not curdle the milk, and hence it is safe to have Chyawanprash with milk. When taken with warm milk, Chyawanprash helps you fight cold and also improves immunity.
As per experts, when taken with milk Chyawanprash balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Chyawanprash along with Milk, rejuvenates your body. Some experts are also of the view that our body assimilates Chyawanprash better when taken with milk. Ingredients used in Chyawanprash is very hot in nature. Having Chyawanprash with milk lessens the heat.
The dosage of chyawanprash varies according to the age and general health condition of an individual. An ayurvedic physician can suggest the best dose suited for you, but the usual doses are-
Half to one tablespoon for children, one to two tablespoons for teenagers, and 2 to three tablespoons for adults.
According to many experts of Ayurveda, the best time to have Chyawanprash is before breakfast, that is, on an empty stomach in the morning. Other than that, Chyawanprash works best when had on empty stomach so you can have it at least 30 minutes before meals, or at least 2 hours after meals.
Nowadays, chyawanprash also comes as a sugar-free formula for diabetics and calorie-conscious people.
Chyawanprash can be taken by everyone from children to adults though the dosages differ according to the age, gender, and health status of an individual
Regular consumption of chyawanprash has been shown to strengthen the immune system of our body, thus it can better fight against microbes and shield us from various illnesses.
Chyawanprash has been shown to have maximum benefits when taken with milk. Nevertheless, it can also be taken as it is. Lactose-intolerant and vegan people should not deprive themselves of the benefits of chyawanprash.
The best time to take chyawanprash is an empty stomach in the morning, though when you have to take it 2 to 3 times, you can consume it 30 minutes before meals.
Yes. Nowadays, many brands are available that have the option of sugar-free chyawanprash which are appropriate for diabetics also.
Yes. It is always better to have Chyawanprash on empty stomach. You can have chyawanprash on an empty stomach in the morning, at least 30 minutes prior to meals, or at least 2 hours after meals
Though there is no scientific evidence which proves that Chyawanprash cures piles, Chyawanprash does helps in excretion process.