Chyawanprash is a nutritive Ayurvedic jam that offers wide range of benefits. In Sanskrit, the word, ‘prash’ refers to a specially prepared food. Two ancient sages of Ayurveda invented this particular formula to restore youth to elderly sage, Chyawan—thus the name. These jams are used as carriers for other herbs but cannot be used on their own act as aphrodisiacs. It is made with a base of Indian gooseberry and contains several other herbs like sesame oil, ghee, honey or sugar. These serve as catalytic agents as they carry herbs deep into tissues and the sugar is like a preservative that helps to safeguard the scientific efficiency of the key ingredient.
Amla or Indian gooseberry is known for its rich anti oxidant and vitamin C. The vitamin C in this fruit is stabilized by tannins that preserve the vitamin content through processing. This is highly relevant especially for preparations like chyawanprash that needs to be cooked extensively.
The first source of recipe is Charaka Samhita. There is an extensive history of these preparations. Basically, it is a natural anti-aging supplement in which Amla is the main ingredient.
Benefits of Chyawanprash
How to use Chyawanprash:
This can be taken alone or along with milk or water or even use as a spread on bread or toast like a jam. Consume daily one to two tablespoons or as recommended by the medical practitioner.
When to Take Chyawanprash:
This ideally should be taken in the morning and evening. It can be consumed for a long term basis to enhance immunity and strength. It can also be used as a tonic during winter season.