Chyawanprash is a traditional health supplement from the Rasayana branch of Ayurveda which specialises in tonics that promote health, prolong life and prevent aging. It is an immunity booster, and thus increases the natural resistance of the body while balancing the three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Charaka Samhita, the most ancient Ayurvedic text, has the first ever mention of Chyawanprash. This Vedic formulation is as old as the Puranas and the Mahabharta where there is a mention of the Ashwini Kumar twins, the Royal Vaidyas, who prepared this concoction for the vitality and longevity of Sage Chyavana.
Loaded with antioxidant spices and herbs, this potent tonic serves our overall health and immunity. It is the most favoured tonic in our Indian households looking for a healthy supplement for all age groups.
Benefits of Chyawanprash
The main ingredient in Chyawanprash is Amla (Indian Gooseberry, the richest source of Vitamin C) among the long list of 50 potent healing herbs. Jaggery, ghee, sesame oil and honey work as yogavahis, the ingredients that toil to supply the nutritious benefits of these curative herbs and spices to every cell of our body.
Chyawanprash can be consumed in any season due to the variety of ingredients that work in different environmental and weather conditions.
Antioxidant and Immunity booster
Our stresses and unhealthy lifestyles demand extra care for our bodies making a supplement imperative today. The extraordinary supply of Vitamin C from Amla is a boon to nullify the stress caused to our systems and to bolster our immunity. To aid the immune system, Vitamin C is shown to detoxify the liver thus strengthening the overall health.
Strengthens Respiratory System
Chyawanprash nourishes the respiratory system by maintaining the required hydration to the mucous membranes. While strengthening the respiratory pathways, it promotes immunity from infections in our lungs. This Vedic supplement is known to treat common and allergic colds and other respiratory ailments like asthma, rhinitis and even tuberculosis.
Nourishes the Brain
An ageing brain shows many signs of cognitive decline but the anti-ageing properties of some of the ingredients in Chyawanprash work hard to negate them. It is a rich source of ALA, which offers some incredible benefits to our cognitive health and memory. It is also a known remedy to alleviate insomnia, thus inducing sound sleep by reducing the stress on our central nervous system. In Indian households many children are given for its benefit to the intellect and learning ability.
Functioning as a potent cardiotonic, Chyawanprash improves the heart health by regulating the pumping rhythm of the heart. Amla, the main ingredient in Chyawanprash, is a natural blood purifier and amends blood disorders. It is a known antihypertensive, thus helps lower the blood pressure. The CLA, a specific type of fat found in ghee, is shown to do away with arterial plaque in some studies. All these put together show a variety of heart-health benefits of our good old Chyawanprash.
Amla is also a hypolipidemic, meaning cholesterol lowering. The sesame oil in Chyawanprash has MUFAs and PUFAs, fats that help in reducing cholesterol levels and aiding weight loss. Weight loss is also cited as helpful in lowering the blood pressure.
Improves Digestion and Metabolism
Chyawanprash aids in digestion and helps in proper excretion. Hyperacidity is many times a by-product of our poor lifestyles which can be easily alleviated with this potent digestive tonic. Along with this, nausea, peptic ulcers and gastritis can be well managed by Chyawanprash too. As it is a natural detoxifier and a blood purifier, it basically helps keep the liver healthy and thus balances the fat and protein metabolic processes of our body. It is an accepted tonic for kidney health too. The spices that synergise to aid digestion and metabolism, like cardamom, ginger, saffron and cinnamon make Chyawanprash a go-to for these issues.
Balances the Endocrine System and Acts as an Aphrodisiac
Chyawanprash is noted to enhance the endocrine system and harmonise our hormones. It not only helps the proper functioning of the gonads while bettering sexual life and fertility but also improves the menstrual cycle in women. Ashwagandha and Shatavari are the dynamic herbs found in Chyawanprash that work as an aphrodisiac and influence the overall sexual health in both genders.
The Vitamin C-loaded Chyawanprash is noted to have an anti-ageing effect, thus working to reduce wrinkles and dry skin issues due to its exceptional antioxidant property.
Children are seen to gain weight as Chyawanprash aids in calcium absorption. This also helps with strong teeth and bones, all the while maintaining and promoting growth.
Some studies have shown its positive impact on skin and hair growth, thus maintaining our youthfulness and glow.
The benefits of Chyawanprash can be enjoyed in only a spoonful of this potion every day making this a true gift from our past, the Vedic ages, to the future of our species.
Article by – Payal Kurian