Chyawanprash -- 6 ways this Ayurvedic preparation keeps you healthy

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First prepared centuries ago, chyawanprash should be enjoyed by everyone in your family.

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Chyawanprash (CP) is regarded as an excellent health tonic in every Indian household. Formulated with 20-40 Ayurvedic ingredients having different medicinal properties, chyawanprash has been linked to several health benefits.

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1# Improves your immunity: The main ingredient used in the preparation of Chyawanprash is Amla, which is an extremely rich source of Vitamin C that helps in boosting immunity. A study showed that chyawanprash reduces activation of complement pathway which gets activated in case of allergic inflammation, damaging the surrounding cells. Another study found that chywanprash increased the activity of immune cells called macrophages. These cells play a role in triggering non-specific immune responses and further reduce chances of infections.[1]

2# Great for your respiratory system: The various herbs present in chyawanprash helps in smooth functioning of your lungs by maintaining its moisture balance. People with chronic conditions like asthma should definitely include chyawansprash in their diet in order to manage their condition better.

3# Helps improve brain function: Chyawanprash contains several ingredients like amla, brahmi, almond oil, ashwagandha, etc. which significantly improve brain function. Research suggests that the Ayurvedic formulation can be looked upon as a memory enhancer, with significant effects on learning ability, memory retention capacity and pro-cholenergic activity [3]. Here are some other foods that you can add to your child's diet to boost his/her brain power.

4# Great for your heart: In today s times, it is difficult to avoid foods high in cholesterol. This is responsible for the rising instances of heart disease among young people. Chyawanprash is extremely good for your heart as the many herbs present in it flush the toxins out of your system and promote blood circulation. Here are some foods you can eat to beat cholesterol.

5# Prevents signs of ageing: Chyawanprash has many antioxidants which protects your skin from free radical damage and makes sure that signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines don t appear. While nothing can prevent you from losing your youth, eating chyawanprash will at least ensure that the process is prolonged.

6# Detoxifies the body: The unique preparation of chyawanprash helps cleanse the blood and balance in body's natural processes. It acts as a natural detoxifying agent that eliminates impurities from the blood [4].

There are several ways to eat chyawanprash. You can spread it on a roti, consume it raw or even have it with hot or cold milk. Everyone from children to old adults can use it to stay healthy and strong.

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  1. Sur TK et al. Effect of Sonachandi Chyawanprash and Chyawanprash Plus--two herbal formulations on immunomodulation.
  2. Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the New Millennium edited by S.K. Gupta
  3. Bansal N, Parle M. Beneficial effect of chyawanprash on cognitive function in aged mice. Pharm Biol. 2011 Jan;49(1):2-8. doi: 10.3109/13880209.2010.489904. Epub 2010 Aug 25. PubMed PMID: 20738179.
  4. Waltraud Ernst (ed.)Plural Medicine, Tradition and Modernity, 1800-2000 Routledge Studies in the Social History of Medicine;Routledge, 2002; p272

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