Thursday, April 21, 2011

Three fruits to good health!

Eisha Sarkar
Posted on Hello Wellness on Apr 20 2011 11:49AM

One of the world's most popular Ayurvedic remedies, triphala is packed with nutritients and antioxidants that provide a wide range of health benefits.

What does it contain?
Triphala is composed of three fruits, namely Harada or haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Amla or amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and Behada or bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica). Rich in vitamin B complex, Harada is best known for its laxative qualities as well as being an astringent and antispasmodic. Amla, which is contains 20 times the quantity of the antioxidant Vitamin C that a citrus fruit has, is believed to soothe the inflammation of the stomach and intestines. The vitamin A-rich Behada is good for hair, throat and eyes.

In the body, triphala functions as:
  • Cleanser: Triphala is considered as an effective laxative as it contains bioflavonoids, high vitamin C content, linoleic oil and phospholipids. It is highly beneficial in promoting the bowel movements, flushing out toxins and cleaning the colon that is believed to help prevent constipation, fatigue, headaches, haemorrhoids and  digestive problems. Triphala is widely believed to be a blood and liver purifier too.
  • Stress-buster: Recently, triphala has gained popularity in the West due to its reported ability to overcome stress, fight cancer, boost the immune system. A 2006 study conducted by researchers from Dr A L Mudhaliar PG Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras, found that the administration of triphala inhibits the level of free radical formation and corticosterone (stress hormone) and significantly increases antioxidant defense mechanisms in cold-stressed animals.
  • Nourisher: Rich in vitamins, triphala provides the body with a healthy dose of nutrients. It is believed to nourish the nervous system, skin, lungs, hair, eyes, and rejuvenates the tissues.
From improving digestion and blood circulation to reducing the risk of heart diseases and boosting immunity, triphala is a handy tonic for all that ails man.

Caution: People who suffer from diarrhoea must consult a doctor before taking triphala. Pregnant women are advised to stop the intake of triphala during the gestation period. 

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