Triphala is extremely beneficial for one's health and has numerous health benefits from improving digestion and boosting immunity to supporting oral health. Triphala is a natural remedy for detoxification and rejuvenation and one of the most popular Ayurvedic formulas. It is an ancient herbal remedy with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. We have listed down some amazing benefits of consuming triphala daily.
What is Triphala?
Triphala literally means ‘Three fruits’. As per Mr. Puneet Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Nirogam, “Triphala Powder or Tiphala Churna is a combination of three fruits- haritaki, bibhitaki and amla. These fruits are dried thoroughly, powdered and mixed in the right proportions to make Triphala churna.”
- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis): Amalaki is rich in Vitamin C and helps to regulate blood sugar levels, strengthen the body’s immune system and detoxify the liver. It is cool in nature and helps to balance Pitta.
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): Haritaki addresses the Vata dosha in the body and strengthens the immune system, regenerates the tissues and is known for its laxative and antibacterial properties.
- Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica): Bibhitaki has astringent properties and helps the body to balance the Kapha dosha. It helps to expel water from the lungs, the urinary tract and the digestive tract.
What are the benefits of Triphala?
A Natural Detoxifier
Triphala helps the body to detox by pulling out toxins from the intestines and flushing them out of the system. As the colon is cleansed, appetite increases and digestion improves. It also gives an energy boost and an overall increase in vitality and well being is noticed in a person. Once the system gets cleaned of the excess toxins or ama, the skin begins to glow and the vision also improves.
Improves Digestive Health
Triphala is nature’s answer to almost all digestive issues. It is one of the best natural laxatives and can help to improve bowel movements. It is a natural remedy to treat Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and can be used to treat ulcers in the stomach. It strengthens the digestive tract by increasing the number of good bacteria in the intestinal tract. It boosts the movement of food in the intestines and helps to remove waste efficiently. It also removes harmful bacteria from the gut and supports the growth of favourable bacteria in the intestines.
Promotes Weight Loss
Triphala powder promotes secretion of the cholecystokinin hormone in the body that sends signals to the brain that the stomach is full, thereby making one feel fuller and satiated. It helps to maintain a healthy weight and keep lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and diabetes at bay.
Triphala is rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and contains abundant minerals, and plant compounds such as phyllembelic acid, tannins, rutin, phenols, and curcuminoids. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to fight colds, coughs, common infections, allergies and viruses by boosting the immune system. It helps to enhance the white blood cell (WBC) count. It also promotes a healthy blood circulation and a stronger immune system.
Enhances Oral Health
Triphala maintains oral health by eliminating germs from the mouth. It has strong restorative effects on the gums and teeth. Its antifungal and antimicrobial properties are effective in treating dental problems like gum disease, mouth ulcers and plaque.
Enhances Eye Health
Regular intake of Triphala is beneficial for the eyes and helps in maintaining good vision. It helps to increase vision and helps to prevent eye problems like glaucoma, conjunctivitis, cataract and poor vision.
Enhances Heart Health
When taken regularly, Triphala helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels. It helps to lower the risk of heart disease by lowering high blood pressure levels and reducing bad cholesterol and relieving stress. Triphala also helps to lower the risk of thickening of the arteries in the heart. Since Triphala promotes weight loss, it keeps one safe from heart related ailments related to obesity.
Improves Hair and Skin Quality
Triphala is rich in antioxidants which help to treat dry skin and make the skin soft and supple. It contains Amalaki which is rich in Vitamin C that makes the skin radiant and well hydrated. Due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties, applying its paste to the hair can help treat various hair problems.
How to take Triphala powder?
- Triphala can be taken in three forms- powder (churna), capsules or tablets and liquid.
- One can mix Triphala powder with water, honey or ghee (clarified butter) for consumption.
- If one is using Triphala externally for skin care or hair care or as a mouthwash, one can use it in powder form.
Triphala is nature's miracle. From treating digestive issues, aiding weight loss, supporting oral health, improving immunity to enhancing vision- the benefits of taking this natural remedy are innumerable. To get the best benefits, one must take it in the right proportion and ratio after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor.
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