Chyawanprash is a revered Ayurvedic jam formulated with many different medicinal herbs and spices. It can be consumed to provide a number of health benefits. However, depending on the time that you consume it, you may experience different effects. Learn when to eat Chyawanprash based on the specific benefits it offers.
When Should We Eat Chyawanprash?
Chyawanprash in the Morning
In general, the best time to eat Chyawanprash is in the morning on an empty stomach. When your stomach is empty, it is much easier for your body to absorb the vitamins, minerals, and medicinal substances. This allows you to maximize the health benefits of the formula.
Chyawanprash also helps to stimulate agni and bolster digestion, so if you’re looking to improve your digestion, it can be beneficial to take this formula an hour to 15 min before eating. For instance, if you typically consume breakfast around 8 AM, enjoy a teaspoon between 7:00AM and 7:45AM.
4 AM to Sunrise
Chyawanprash also functions as a prana supplement. Authentically made Chyawanprash is not only rich in prana, but facilitates the absorption and flow of prana. If you’re looking to increase your prana, it’s best to take this supplement in the early morning hours, between 4 AM and sunrise, when prana can be absorbed readily from the environment. Combine your consumption of Chyawanprash with a pranayama practice to further aid prana replenishment.
Chyawanprash in the Late Afternoon
Some people enjoy taking Chyawanprash in the late afternoon as a pick me up. It’s energizing qualities can make for a healthy alternative to caffeine. It can also curb sweet cravings and stimulate digestion for early evening dinners.
Chyawanprash at Night
While you can consume Chyawanprash in the evening, it’s generally not recommended. Chyawanprash is a powerful tonic and can be energizing. This means that it could make it difficult for you to fall asleep if you take it too late in the evening.
Chyawanprash Before Yoga
You can also take Chyawanprash before your morning or daytime yoga practice. Taking it immediately before yoga will help you strengthen your body, mind and spirit connection, allowing you to become more grounded and more focused. This will help to improve the results of your practice. Chyawanprash also helps to enhance energy and physical strength. This makes it a useful supplement if you’re going to be engaging in more intensive yoga practices like ashtanga.
The time of day you eat Chyawanprash depends on your specific needs, but in general, it can be helpful to eat Chyawanprash as part of an Ayurvedic morning routine. Waking before sunrise and taking a teaspoon immediately before yoga, meditation, pranayama and 45 minutes before breakfast can help you maximize the benefits. Keep in mind that as with many herbal formulas, Chyawanprash is most beneficial when taken consistently. Learn more about the best ways to take Chyawanprash and dosage for various age groups.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)