Chyawanprash is a powerful Ayurvedic supplement that can provide you with a number of health benefits. Before investing in a remedy of this caliber, you want to make sure that you’re getting the best of the best. So how exactly do you determine which Chyawanprash brand is the best?
How To Choose the Best Chyawanprash
There are a few things that you’re going to want to consider when deciding which Chyawanprash is best.
The first and foremost thing that you’re going to want to look for in a specific product is the quality of its ingredients. Organic and wild-crafted ingredients are much better and more effective than non-organic ingredients, which can be contaminated with synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Non-organic ingredients may also be genetically modified. These types of substances are unnatural and can lead to a build-up of ama in the body. You may also want to confirm that the final product has been tested for heavy metals.
In addition to checking the quality of the ingredients, you want to make sure that the ingredients are sourced ethically and sustainably. Ethically and sustainably-sourced ingredients help to enhance prana and overall quality in a supplement. That’s because according to the Vedas, our food carries memory and imprints of the entire production process (dietary ecosystem). These memories sync with our own memories once we consume food. Therefore the intention and integrity behind the land, farming, people, culture, and habitat are essential to our health.
Another helpful tip when buying Chyawanprash is to check out the supplement facts. Some forms of Chyawanprash have more sugar than others. While sugar has a purpose as an anupan, it shouldn’t make up the majority of the formula. It’s also a good idea to check out the total fiber content. In authentically made Chyawanprash, whole herbs and spices will be used and the fiber concentration can be an indication of that.
Type of Sugars
If you’re thinking about buying Chyawanprash made with refined sugar, you should think again. While refined sugar might have first been synthesized in India, that doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. Modern, highly-refined sugar causes a whole host of health problems ranging from inflammation to disease. When looking for the best Chyawanprash, you want to find refined sugar free Chyawanprash. High quality Chyawanprash will use natural sugars, like jaggery and/or honey, to act as anupans for the herbs to penetrate deeper into the tissues.
Some brands like to include preservatives in their Chyawanprash to make them last longer. This is problematic because preservatives are typically toxic, and not advised for health. If you’re looking for an authentic formula that follows the original recipe, then you should choose a Chyawanprash without preservatives.
Packaging and Waste Ethics
Lastly, you might also want to consider the type of packaging used. For example, Chyawanprash kept in glass containers is more sustainably-made and doesn’t run the risk of contamination through plastic leeching.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)