Amla, or Amalaki, is one of the main ingredients in Chyawanprash. Containing a rich array of antioxidants, Amla is world-renowned for offering multiple health benefits. Amla features a high concentration of Vitamin C, containing one of the highest doses in the entire plant kingdom.
And, Amla is stabilized since it also contains tannins, which help to preserve the vitamins contained by Amla even as it is processed. Although Amla is the primary active ingredient contained within Chyawanprash, this Ayurvedic jam also often contains herbs, sugar, sesame oil, ghee, and/or honey.
These ingredients serve as catalytic agents and they help transport the herbs within the jam deep into the body’s tissues. Sugar is used as a preservative substance to safeguard the product’s benefits from deterioration while it in storage.
Chyawanprash has multiple known benefits that have been proven through research and studies, some of the most sought after include:
●Rejuvenating the tissues found inside the body.
●Supporting strength and energy.
●Promoting the maintenance and growth of muscle mass.
●Building ojas to support a healthy immune response.
●Supporting healthy respiratory and heart function.
●Tonifying the reproductive system.
●Kindling agni, or “digestive fire”
●Gently encouraging the elimination of toxins through the stool and urine.
●Supporting optimal urinary health.
Some of the lesser studied benefits of Chyawanprash include that it promotes youthfulness, beauty, and a good memory. In ancient texts, it was often used as a tonic for heart health and generally promotes good digestive, excretory, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive function.
One of the top reasons why people will begin taking Amla Chyawanprash is to help support their immune system and their body’s inherent abilities to produce white blood cells and hemoglobin. Furthermore, Amla helps aid in the elimination of ama, or toxins, while also supporting the spleen, blood, liver, and respiratory system.
Chyawanprash is also said to build ojas, which is the “essence of immunity and youthfulness.” In this way, Chyawanprash helps strengthen vats and support healthy maintenance and growth o muscle within the body.
Additionally, Chyawanprash is said to be good for respiratory health by keeping the respiratory passes clear. For this reason, Chyawanprash is often given as a tonic during colder weather as it helps lend energy, strength, and vitality to every system throughout the body.
Improved strength and immunity begin with healthy agni or digestive fire. Chyawanprash can help improve Agni as Ayurvedic medicine works on the notion that digestion is initiated by experiencing taste, and Chyawanprash holds five of all six tastes (the only taste it is missing is salty). Moreover, Chyawanprash is able to kindle agni without aggravating pitta.
Chyawanprash additionally works as a carminative, which helps move gases through the digestive tract while also supporting healthy elimination and fostering healthy cholesterol and blood glucose levels. All of this means that Chyawanprash helps both stimulate and tonify the GI tract, making for a healthier metabolism overall.
Using Amla Chyawanprash
Chyawanprash is perhaps one of the best family tonics as it is suitable for people of almost every age, from young children to the elderly. Since tastes play a critical role in the digestive process as far as sending signals to the body to begin initiating the process, Ayurveda typically suggests tasting any herb you are consuming to get the most benefits from it. However, there are multiple ways to consume Chyawanprash. Other than taking it by itself, you can also stir it into water or milk.
Alternatively, you could spread it onto bread, toast, or crackers just like you would any sort of jam.If you choose to take Chyawanprash in a glass of warm milk, whether dairy or nut, you can experience added benefits since this will help to carry its rejuvenating qualities into the tissues.
The dosage for Chyawanprash varies depending on need, but generally, you’ll want to take 1-2 teaspoons either once or twice daily (ask your healthcare practitioner what they recommend). Children should consume about ½ teaspoon each day unless otherwise suggested.Chyawanprash is typically taken in the morning, but you may need to take it both in the morning and evening.
It can be taken as part of a regular program to support overall immunity in the long-term, while also helping through bouts of illness or stress.
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