Chywanaprash, a famous and revered herbal jam, is like the multivitamin of Ayurveda, and anyone aiming to follow an Ayurvedic lifestyle typically includes Chyawanprash as a fundamental component of their daily routines. The big question is why? Why has this ancient herbal formula that dates back thousands of years withstood the test of time?
Most people know and take Chywanaprash because of its ability to bolster the immune system, promote a healthy metabolism, support digestive health, strengthen the cardiovascular system and support healthy lungs and respiration. It also is one of the best rasayanas (a rejuvenating and nourishing formula) and builds strong immunity and resistance. In fact, legend has it that it was created for an elderly sage, Chyavana, to help maintain youthfulness and vitality.
Thousands of years after Chywanaprash was first formulated, Western science has postulated the free radical theory of aging. This theory proposes that normal aging results from random damage to tissues caused by free radicals produced during normal metabolic processes in the body. The body naturally seeks to maintain balance by making use of antioxidants produced internally and obtained through certain foods and supplements. Antioxidant molecules bind with free radicals in such a way that inhibits the damage to tissues that they can cause. Thus foods and supplements rich in antioxidants are powerfully health promoting and are clinically linked to healthy longevity and aging in numerous studies. Likewise, those consuming a diet high in antioxidants typically benefit from lower rates of heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, diabetes and dementia.
To better understand Chywanaprash and its antioxidant capacity, it helps to look at its main herbal ingredient—amalaki. For many years the health-promoting benefits of this fruit were attributed to its vitamin C content. However, another important factor is that amalaki is also incredibly rich in tannins. Both the vitamin C and tannins function as antioxidants. These molecules help maintain cell integrity and healthiness by removing molecules (oxygen radicals) that cause deterioration in the body. The reason why tannins are particularly powerful is because they work with other antioxidants, like vitamin C, by removing the oxygen radical that it has captured so that the vitamin C can do its work again and again… and again! This recycling ability of tannins is what makes the vitamin C in fruits like amalaki so powerful.
So this is one way that Chywanaprash works as a powerful health tonic to optimise immunity, energy, vitality and longevity; as such the ancient Ayurvedic physicians were extremely accurate and a long way ahead of their time!
But you may still be wondering just how powerful Chywanaprash really is. One of the most acknowledged methods for quantifying the amount of antioxidants in a substance is the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) test. To put this in perspective, one 15g serving of Chywanaprash contains the same amount of ORAC points/antioxidants as the combined total of 1 avocado, 1 kiwi, 1 tomato and one portion each of broccoli, celery, potato, and romaine lettuce! Viewed in that light, it really is one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet!
Our great tasting Chywanaprash can be found HERE and is perfect to eat right off the spoon or, to make it even more nourishing, take the jam with a warm glass of milk daily in the mornings (the winter season is an ideal time to start!). The milk acts as a carrier to take the powerfully health promoting compounds found with Chywanaprash deeper into the tissues. You can also use the jam to support the lungs, the digestive capacity, and the reproductive system. It is truly a versatile product that is equally delicious as it is beneficial!