Is sugar-free chyawanprash safe for diabetics?

Published on: 3 December 2021, 16:04 pm IST

Diabetics, ahoy! It’s time for you to reap the benefits of sugar-free chyawanprash! But is it really safe for you? A nutrition expert tells you more!

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Chyawanprash is loaded with herbs. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Ever since we were kids, a bottle of chyawanprash always occupied a pride of place in our homes. That’s because it has always been trusted for its benefits to the immune system. In fact, the winter season brought forth its need, especially since cold and coughs make an appearance at this time of the year. Yes yes, we know this is a ‘wonder product’, but how can diabetics reap its benefits? We know that high amounts of sugar can really send their blood sugar levels out of whack, but it isn’t fair to leave them out, right?

That’s why there are varieties of sugar-free chyawanprash available today that are either sweetened with natural sources such as jaggery or sugar substitutes like stevia. That’s a huge relief, but are they even safe for diabetics? Avni Kaul, Nutritionist, Dietician and Wellness Coach, and Founder of Nutri Activania, shares some insights with HealthShots.

Is this variety of chyawanprash effective?

Before that, let’s understand what chyawanprash is. It is a powerful herbal remedy that helps with overall immunity, treats infections in the body, aids in digestion, improves memory and brain function, treats lung and breathing problems and hence, enhances the longevity of a person.

Here’s what Kaul says, “Sugar-free chyawanprash plays a crucial role in immunity development because it improves the body’s energy levels and strengthens the system, thereby preventing colds and coughs. It enhances stamina by fighting the body’s weakness and helps to keep the body rejuvenated and healthy because it is low in calories. Besides, it is beneficial for people with diabetes and high glucose levels.”

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Care about your immunity, eat chyawanprash! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

She advises people to take 1 tablespoon of sugar-free chyawanprash, twice daily. It is often taken directly or is mixed with milk or warm water. It can also be consumed with bread.

A little more about benefits of chyawanprash:

  1. Enhances immunity:

    It is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, which means it keeps your immunity in top shape. Moreover, it also has antifungal and antibacterial properties, so that you can stay protected from all kinds of infections and allergies.

  2. Promotes digestion:

    If good digestion is your goal, don’t forget to have chyawanprash every day. Its anti-flatulent properties reduce the formation of gas in the alimentary canal. All in all, it keeps your digestive system in order.

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    Chyawanprash promotes digestive health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  3. Promotes heart health:

    “Ashwagandha and Arjuna herbs present in chyawanprash have extensive heart-health properties, which play a very important role in the treatment of heart ailments. Chyawanprash is also good for patients suffering from arrhythmias and palpitations, as it relaxes the cardiac system by calming the mind. It also strengthens the heart muscles, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood and prevents lipid build-up. All in all, it reduces the risk of heart attacks, heart blocks, atherosclerosis, blood clots, and other ailments related to the heart,” Manisha Chopra, Delhi-based nutritionist tells HealthShots.

  4. Helps with weight loss:

    Yes, it’s true. It contains flavonoids, which help the body shed excess weight in no time. So, have a tablespoon and you will stay full for long.

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