Chyawanprash: An Herbal Jam for Better Health?

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Chyawanprash is an herbal jam long used for medicinal purposes in ayurveda (the alternative medicine of India). Also known as chyavanaprasam or chyavanaprjasha, it's touted as a rich source of vitamin C and often used to boost the immune system. Chyawanprash is also said to stimulate digestion and aid in the treatment of a wide range of health issues.

Ingredients in Chyawanprash

The main ingredient in chyawanprash is amalaki, an herb with antioxidant effects.

Chyawanprash also contains ghee, sesame oil, sugar and/or honey, and dozens of other herbs. These herbs typically include:

Uses for Chyawanprash

In alternative medicine, chyawanprash is said to offer a variety of benefits, such as increased energy and improved cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, and reproductive health. Also said to possess rejuvenating properties, it's thought to deliver anti-aging effects as well. In addition, chyawanprash is purported to protect against the following health problems:

  • asthma 
  • colds 
  • cough 
  • headache 
  • high cholesterol 
  • indigestion 
  • insomnia 

Some proponents suggest that chyawanprash can also enhance libido, as well as fight some forms of cancer.

Health Benefits of Chyawanprash

Despite its long history of use, very few scientific studies have looked at chyawanprash and its possible benefits.

However, there's some evidence that chyawanprash may improve certain markers of health.

In a preliminary study published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology in 2015, for instance, tests on cell lines revealed that chyawanprash may strengthen the immune response by stimulating activity in key components of the innate immune system (such as natural killer cells).

What's more, preliminary research indicates that amalaki (the main ingredient in chyawanprash) shows promise in the treatment of health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Related: Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure

Here's a look at several other findings on the potential health effects of chyawanprash:

1)  Cholesterol

Chyawanprash may help with cholesterol control, according to a small study published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology in 2001.

For the study, 10 healthy men (ages 20 to 32) took either chyawanprash or vitamin C supplements every day for eight weeks. At the end of the treatment period, those given chyawanprash showed greater improvements in levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol, compared to participants given vitamin C.

Furthermore, members of the chyawanprash group experienced greater improvements in blood sugar control than members of the vitamin C group.

More: Remedies for High Cholesterol

2)  Brain Health

A study published in Pharmaceutical Biology in 2011 shows that chyawanprash may help preserve your memory as you get older. In tests on aging mice, scientists observed that animals treated with chyawanprash experienced improvements in memory, partly due to the product's antioxidant effects.

Additionally, a mouse-based study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2011 found that chyawanprash shows promise in the treatment of memory impairment associated with Alzheimer's disease.

More: Natural Approach to Alzheimer's Prevention and Natural Ways to Improve Memory


To date, little is known about the safety of long-term or regular use of chyawanprash. However, use of chyawanprash is known to trigger side effects such as gas and bloating in some cases. Although some practitioners of ayurveda recommend taking chyawanprash with warm milk to offset these side effects, others suggest that taking chyawanprash with milk can aggravate digestive problems.

While taking chyawanprash on a regular basis may offer some health benefits, this product should not be used as a substitute for standard care in the treatment of any chronic condition (such as high cholesterol and Alzheimer's disease).

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Where to Find Chyawanprash

Available for purchase online, chyawanprash is sold in some natural-foods stores and shops specializing in Indian products.


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