A change in weather making you sick? Let chyawanprash do its magicPosted on:6 October 2021, 07:00am IST
Do you remember those times when chyawanprash was a staple in all our homes? Looks like people have forgotten about the power of this humble dark-coloured jam that has the power to keep you immune from seasonal diseases.
Cough, cold, and a sore throat are quite common during this time of the year. And apparently, some people who believe in the essence of chyawanprash also consider this time inappropriate to consume it. That’s because they feel that the herbs it is made up of can generate heat in the body.
So, the question is: Is it really true or just another myth? To understand that better, it’s time to delve deep into it.
Here’s what chyawanprash actually is
Chyawanprash is a dark coloured jam-like substance that is considered a saviour from all infections. It is a powerful herbal remedy that boosts overall immunity, treats all 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.
“Chyawanprash, an ayurvedic supplement, is fortified with herbs, spices and minerals and is powered with vitamin C. it extensively helps in the prevention of a variety of health conditions with the help of its rejuvenating properties and immunomodulatory effects,” shared renowned nutritionist, Ms Manisha Chopra with HealthShots.
She also mentions that if you aren’t dealing with any severe ailment, there is no harm in eating chyawanprash round the year. So, apparently, it looks like chyawanprash is evergreen.
Now let’s learn the right time to eat chyawanprash
“Chyawanprash can be taken with warm milk. Having so helps in revitalizing cells and prevents cough and cold. The suggested dosage for adults is 1 teaspoon twice a day and for children, it is half a teaspoon twice a day,” suggests Ms Chopra.
She also recommends that the best time to eat chyawanprash is before breakfast. Also, you can also take it at night, preferably one to two hours after having dinner.
Here are 6 captivating benefits of chyawanprash that will make it your BAE!
1. Boosts immunity
The antioxidants and vitamin C present in chyawanprash provide an excellent remedy for improving the immune system. It also helps in fighting microbes and shielding the body against a number of infections. Anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties are also present in chyawanprash, which helps in the prevention of common cold, fever, sore throat, and other respiratory issues.
2. Promotes digestion
Chyawanprash is well-known for good digestion. Its anti-flatulent property reduces the formation of gas in the alimentary canal. Hence, it reduces flatulence, bloating and abdominal distension. It also helps in treating constipation and other digestive issues.
3. Aids in cardiac functioning
“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,” says Ms Chopra.
4. Slows ageing process
Chyawanprash is known for its regenerative effects. It helps in tissue repair and regeneration and also, because of the antioxidant properties of chyawanprash, it protects the body against cellular damage. So, it reduces the ageing process in the tissues of the lungs, liver, heart and skin.
5. Skin augmentation
“Chyawanprash is loaded with antioxidant properties and hence, it acts as a blessing to achieve flawless radiant skin. The anti-inflammatory herbs present in chyawanprash also help in reducing allergic conditions like pimples, zits, acne, and prevent various other skin infections,” explains Ms Chopra.
6. Aids in weight loss
Chyawanprash consists of flavonoids, which helps the body shed excess weight faster. Since it is loaded with fibre and essential nutrients, it satiates hunger and prevents overeating, thereby helping with weight loss.
“In the end, I just wanted to say that people who have diabetes, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women, should avoid eating it, as it might be a good fit for them,” concludes Chopra.
So are you in for chyawanprash or not?