You probably laughed at the word Chyawanprash, because for some strange reason, this powerful, ancient Ayurvedic dietary supplement is considered ‘awful’ by some youngsters today. I guess they judge it because of the way it looks – dark brown/black, thick and gooey. But trust me, in the environment that we live, where there is pollution, deteriorated food quality, health hazards due to exposure to harsh chemicals in daily consumables, and poor eating habits, Chyawanprash can be a life saver. This is also one of the many reasons why I like Akshay Kumar so much. He has gone on record to say that the secret behind his great health is his daily spoonful of Chyawanprash! Its a big deal coming from a celebrity like him while his contemporaries are busy promoting artificial health supplements and capsules.
As far back as I can remember, my father has always encouraged us to eat a tablespoon of Chywanprash during winters and does so even today. Back in the day I never realised how important it was for the body, but now, as a grown up, on the wrong side of twenty five, with an ever slowing metabolism rate and persistent digestive issues, the importance of this life giving substance has finally dawned upon me, and I want to share with you the kind of benefits I have experienced after consuming Chyawanprash every single day, over just a period of a month. And not just during winters, Chywanprash can and should be consumed every day of the year.
What is Chyawanprash?
Chywanprash is an Ayurvedic dietary supplement which which was reportedly created by an ancient sage named Rishi Chyawan. The formula of Chyawanprash which is prepared by mixing potent Ayurvedic herbs and medicines can be found in the Chakra Samhita which was written in the 4th century B.C !
The main ingredient in Chywanprash is Amla, or the Indian gooseberry fruit, which also gives it the signature tangy taste. Other potent ingredients include cardamom, cinnamon, sandalwood, clove, holy basil, bramhi, giloy and other such natural herbs, spices and nuts.
Ghee or clarified butter is used as a catalyst while honey and sugar are used as preservatives in order to increase shelf life.
Benefits of consuming Chyawanprash everyday.
Before I list the numerous benefits of Chywanprash, let me tell you how I have gained from consuming it for a month.
I eat out A LOT. I am a glutton who loves street food and I hardly watch what I eat. Eating out is not good for health. No matter how clean the restaurant kitchen is or how great the quality of food is, there something called Pranic value of food, which sadly is very low in food cooked in a business establishment because the person cooking it is doing it as a job. Home cooked food on the other hand is very high in Pranic value because a lot of effort, sincerity and emotion goes into everything cooked at home. If none of this is making sense to you, then in laymen terms, outside food if consumed everyday or very regularly will take a toll on health because it is generally rich, oily and flash cooked.
So I was experiencing some major issues with my digestion. My bowel movements were becoming very irregular, which led to a terrible acne break out. I was always gassy, flatulent and it showed on my face that my stomach was just not in the right shape. I can also say that my immune system was becoming weak because I was very regularly getting a jammed nose, cough, dandruff, hair fall and a number of other things. Up until last year I would hardly fall sick or catch a cold but over time my health was just not good enough. The last nail in the coffin was when one morning I passed blood in my stool. I was terrified out of my wits! I got a medical check up done and my doctor advised me to eat healthy,drink plenty of water and stay off junk food, which I have been trying. And then came my father to the rescue again and said “Why don’t you eat Chyawanprash and see if it helps?”
And so it began.
I started having tablespoon of Chyawanprash every morning followed by a tall glass of warm water, and then another tablespoon before going to bed, again with warm water, and believe me, I saw positive results in just three days! The first thing I noticed that my bowel movements were going smooth and there was no pain or blood or any discomfort. Within the first week, my pimples started shrinking and they are fading away as we speak. The breakout was pretty severe I must say and I am still dealing with it, slow and steady. I also want to mention that I am drinking more water and eating more vegetables. The junk food eating hasn’t stopped really, but I can feel the difference. My hair feels better and the hair fall has reduced I feel good within. Winter is just setting in and a lot of people around me have blocked noses or a cold but I am doing just fine! Also, I love the taste!
Chyawanprash has countless benefits. Any Ayurveda enthusiast, Vaid, or even a simple google search will tell you that Chywanprash boosts immunity and protects the body from various bacteria, viruses, germs and infections, treats respiratory disorders, improves digestion, benefits the heart, purifies blood, detoxifies your system, slows down ageing, improves sexual health by aiding sensory organs, is great for your liver, pancreas, kidneys, helps improve complexion, skin and hair quality.
There are so many more benefits of this powerful concoction and that is because of the precious, natural ingredients used to make it.
Because sugar and honey are used as preservatives in Chyawanprash, it is advised for people with diabetes to consult a doctor before consuming it.
The number of brands which sell Chyawanprash in the market is huge. So which brand should you go for? It doesn’t really matter. My grandfather’s friend would make his stash at home! And speaking of my grandfather, he is 86 years old, does not wear glasses, goes for long walks twice a day and still has most of his teeth intact. He has always eaten healthy food and his eating habits are impeccable. He also consumes Chyawanprash every single day. Whether it is Dabur, Patanjali, Zandu or Baidyanath, as long as its Chywanprash from a brand you have heard of, its good. Simple, generic Chyawanprash will do the job and I would advise you to not pay more attention to the ‘sona-chandi’, ‘heera-moti’ or ‘kesar-chandan’ tricks which basically are a way to make more money by making it more expensive than the generic kind. Personally, because of the taste and consistency I like the regular Dabur Chyawanprash which is available everywhere. Patanjali is one brand which I blindly trust and they make a bloody good Chyawanprash but its a bit grainy and stronger in taste.
Another advisable thing to do is to stick to the regular flavor of Chyawanprash and not buy the flavored ones, because flavor is added through artificial agents and they are not good for your health.
- Chyawanprash works best when taken on empty stomach followed by a glass of warm water.
- At bedtime, one tablespoon of Chyawanprash can be taken with a glass of milk. (if you are lactose sensitive or intolerant, skip the milk, as warm water is fine)
- Consult your doctor if you are diabetic, before starting to take Chyawanprash