Triphala is a combination of three fruits: amla, bibhitaki, haritaki. Triphala powder or churna is made by mixing equal proportions of dried powder of all these three medicinal plants.
Triphala (the three fruits) is an polyherbal Ayurvedic preparation, and has been in use in the traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years.
Triphala contains antioxidants, flavonoids, tannins vitamin C, polyphenols, saponins, and other potent plant compounds. A 1000mg of Triphala contains 10 calories, 5mg sodium, and 1 gm dietary fibre.
Potential health benefits of triphala drink…
Protects against cancer
1. The antioxidants and phenolics present in Triphala can suppress and kill the spread of cancer cells.
2. The Gallic acid content of Triphala has anticancer activity and hence is used as a natural anti-cancer treatment.
3. Triphala possesses antineoplastic, radioactive, and chemoprotective effects.
Useful in oral health
1. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of Triphala prevent plaque formation.
2. Triphala lowers the chances of inflammation of the gum, cavity formation, bleeding of the gums, and bacterial growth in the mouth.
Helpful in managing diabetes
1. Most of the contents of Triphala are considered to be hypoglycemic. Thus, it is quite helpful in reducing blood sugar levels.
2. The amla content of Triphala possesses antidiabetic potential which treats and prevents diabetes.
3. The gallic acid content of Triphala improves insulin resistance thus, aiding the cells to absorb blood sugar.
Use as a laxative
1. Triphala can be utilised as a natural treatment for constipation.
2. Triphala helps in regulating the bowel movements and can be effectively used as a laxative.
3. It also acts on the symptoms of constipation such as reduces the straining, completes the evacuation, decreases abdominal pain, and improves the consistency of bowel movements.
Protects the skin
1. Triphala produces a protective effect on the cells in the dermis of the skin thus, helping it to recover from injury.
2. The antioxidants of Triphala fights against several skin infections and also decrease acne-causing bacteria.
3. The emollient properties of Triphala keep the skin moist and soft.
4. The high content of antioxidants and flavonoids delay aging and restricts, skin damage and darkening.
Helpful in weight loss
1. It helps in fat loss, particularly in the belly region.
2. It prevents unnecessary storage of fat. It burns the fat with the food thus, inducing loss of weight.
3. Controls the satiety centre.
1. Triphala decreases cholesterol levels and also arterial plaque.
2. The presence of oleic and linoleic oils helps decrease the risk of heart disease.
3. Linoleic oil helps in boosting the good cholesterol while decreasing the bad cholesterol levels.
Reduces stomach ulcers
1. Triphala heals and is also known to reduce the severity of stomach ulcers
2. It strengthens the gastric mucosa and restores the intestinal free radical-scavenging enzymes.
3. It reduces inflammation.
How to make triphala drink?
Put half a teaspoon (2.5 g) of triphala powder into a cup of hot water. Stir it and consume the triphala tea.