Many people want good health, a youthful-looking-and-feeling body, and a sharp mind. We exercise, eat healthy foods, and in some cases undergo plastic surgery to achieve these goals. Following an Ayurvedic lifestyle and diet is another means to attain optimal health. An Ayurvedic routine often includes taking natural, herbal supplements that increase health, youthfulness, and longevity. Herbs come from the earth, and were given by God to keep us healthy. One such herbal formula is called Chyawanprash. It can be purchased at most Indian grocery and spice stores, as well as ordered online from Ayurvedic websites such as A 500 gram bottle that has approximately thirty servings (lasting a month) costs about $8.00, making it very affordable. One popular and reputable brand is Dabur.

Chyawanprash is said to have been created by the sage Chyawan. His intention was to regain his own youth and longevity after marrying a young and beautiful princess. The first written formula was recorded in the Charak Samhita, one of the ancient Ayurvedic texts written in the 4th century BC.

Chyawanprash looks and tastes like a sweet and spicy jam, and is known to be quite tasty. It contains a mix of anywhere from 30 – 80 powerful Ayurvedic herbs with Indian Gooseberry as the base. Other main ingredients include ashwaganda, pippali, bala, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon in a base of clarified butter (ghee) and honey. It can be taken alone by the tablespoon, spread onto bread or crackers like a jam, or mixed into warm milk. One to two tablespoons can be taken per day, with or after a meal in the morning or evening. If possible, drink a glass of warm milk after taking it to improve its absorption into the body. This formula is healthy for men, women and children of all ages, and creates harmony in the body. Some specific health benefits of this “wonder-jam” are stated below.

Digestive and Immune System

Indian Gooseberry has 30 times more vitamin C than oranges, and helps to strengthen the immune system and speed up healing. Regular intake of Chyawanprash makes one’s digestive system stronger.

Heart and Brain

Chyawanprash also helps the heart to function smoothly. It supports the nervous system and enhances memory power and mental focus. It is very good for students since it increases memory and mental focus.

Lung, Liver and Kidneys

Regular intake of Chyawanprash gives energy to the respiratory system. It also helps eliminate toxins, and ease constipation.

Other Benefits

Chyawanprash improves skin complexion, hair growth, and increases calcium absorption which leads to stronger bones and teeth. It is an anti-oxidant, so it keeps one looking and feeling youthful. This supplement enhances fertility and helps keep menstruation regular.

Taking Chyawanprash daily is like taking a daily multi-vitamin or vitamin C. It is natural, affordable and delicious, and all around good for health. If you have any concerns before taking it, you can ask your local Ayurvedic clinic to make sure it is right for you, and if you are diabetic, please take with caution. Enjoy!

Sara is a certified Ayurvedic Educator through California College of Ayurveda and a certified yoga teacher for adults and children. She likes to meditate, sing devotional music, and spend time in nature.

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