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Chyawan­prash is a de­li­cious nu­tri­tive jam that has been used in Ayurveda for thou­sands of years, claim­ing to of­fer a wide range of health ben­e­fits in­clud­ing boost­ing of im­mu­nity and re­ju­ve­na­tion of tis­sues in the body. In San­skrit, the word refers to a spe­cially pre­pared food. It is said that two an­cient sages of Ayurveda con­cocted this par­tic­u­lar for­mula to re­store youth to the el­derly sage Chyawan—thus the name ‘chyawan­prash’. Be that as it may, it must be noted that chyawan­prash falls in the cat­e­gory of Ayurvedic medicine and there is limited, if any, reg­u­la­tion for it. Also, one man­u­fac­turer may pre­pare their prod­uct one way, with a dif­fer­ent for­mu­la­tion of herbs, and an­other one some other way. Some may add other in­gre­di­ents such as gold or sil­ver. For the eight brands of chyawan­prash that we tested, we ze­roed in on stan­dard qual­ity and safety pa­ram­e­ters. In this con­text, we also re­ferred to the Govern­ment of In­dia Vol­un­tary Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Scheme for AYUSH Prod­ucts

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Chyawan­prash is a known source of vi­ta­min C, which we tested. We found a wide dif­fer­ence be­tween the brands con­tain­ing the high­est and the low­est amounts of vi­ta­min C. Lead and to­tal bac­te­rial count were the other important pa­ram­e­ters that we tested. The tests were car­ried out in an NABL-ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory. Chyawan­prash is a cooked mix­ture of sugar, honey, desi ghee, goose­berry (amla) jam, sesame oil, berries, herbs and spices. It is a gen­eral health sup­ple­ment and is among the best-known Ayurvedic medicines.

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