Limited clinical trials show that chyawanprash may lower cholesterol and improve blood glucose levels due to its high vitamin C content. This improvement is not unique to chyawanprash; it also occurs in clinical trial participants given other forms of vitamin C.
Chyawanprash is an herbal supplement used in Ayurvedic medicine in India. Dabur Chyawanprash is a particular brand name of chyawanprash. Because it is an ancient herbal formula rather than a standardized drug, the exact content varies from preparation to preparation. Formulas for chyawanprash are outlined in early Hindu texts, with the earliest documented formula dating to 1000 B.C.
Triphala and amla are the primary herbal components of most chyawanprash formulations. Triphala is the source of the supplement's beneficial vitamin C content. Honey, butter, sandalwood, cinnamon and cardamom are other popular ingredients. Chyawanprash generally contains between 25 and 80 different herbs, with the exact herbal formula varying according to the practitioner.
India's Olympic Committee bans the use of chyawanprash by Olympic athletes. According to the committee's Medical Commissioner, over 20 percent of chyawanprash brands for sale in India contain herbs that metabolize into anabolic steroids. This makes them illegal performance-enhancing drugs. The committee also warns against chyawanprash use due to toxic heavy metal content in some formulations.