Though you may have never heard of Triphala, it has been used as a healing remedy for over 3,000 years. Triphala, a herbal remedy (or polyherbal medicine) is a mixture of three dried fruits. In fact, Triphala literally means “three fruits” in Sanskrit.
• Amla (Emblica officinalis)
• Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)
• Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
The three fruits in Triphala each have important nutrients:
Amla is high in vitamin C, essential minerals, and amino acids. It also has powerful antioxidants, such as phenols, tannins, and curcuminoids. Antioxidants help prevent damage to the cells that can lead to serious diseases such as cancer.
Bibhitaki contains many antioxidants, such as ellagic acid, tannins, lignans, and flavones. The compounds may help to improve blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity, as well as provide anti-inflammatory effects.
Like the other components of Triphala, haritaki also has powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, terpenes, and anthocyanins. Haritaki contains vitamins and minerals such as: Vitamin C, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium.
What Are the Benefits of Triphala?
The combination of these three components working together is said to be more effective than if taken separately. Ayurveda encourages multiple herb mixes like Triphala to treat a variety of different health issues and prevent chronic diseases. The results of many scientific investigations suggest that the therapeutic benefits of the preparation come from its antioxidant properties and ability to combat some drug resistant bacteria.
Triphala contains a number of antioxidants that perform protective functions in the body. It contains vitamin C, flavonoids, polyphenols, tannins and saponins, along with other potent plant compounds. These compounds help fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals, which are molecules that can damage cells and contribute to chronic disease. Antioxidants can help fight free radicals in the body, reducing inflammation along with your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and others. The richness of antioxidants in Triphala also supports the bowel health, digestion process and helps in detoxification.
Improves Digestive Issues
Triphala has been used since ancient times as a natural treatment for digestive issues like constipation. It is an alternative to over-the-counter laxatives, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in several studies. Patients treated with a laxative containing Husk, Senna extract and Triphala experienced significant improvements in symptoms of constipation, including decreased straining and more complete evacuations. In another study in patients with gastrointestinal disorders, Triphala reduced constipation, abdominal pain and flatulence and improved the frequency and consistency of bowel movements.
Helps with Weight Loss
Triphala may help with fat loss especially in the belly area. It promotes the secretion of cholecystokinin hormone in the body which signals the brain that the stomach is full, thereby making you feel fuller and satiated. Studies have found that people who took a small dose of Triphala daily experienced a greater reduction in weight, waist circumference and hip circumference.
Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Amala, one of the three fruits in Triphala, has antioxidants that may provide antidiabetic effects. These include lowering blood sugar levels and treating nerve damage in people with type 2 diabetes. Some other studies suggest that Triphala may lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Boosting Dental Health
The antioxidants in Triphala have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Triphala may benefit dental health in several ways. Triphala has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent plaque formation, a common cause of cavities and gingivitis (gum inflammation). One study in 143 children found that rinsing with a mouthwash containing Triphala extract reduced plaque buildup, gum inflammation and bacterial growth in the mouth. Another study showed treatment with a Triphala-based mouthwash led to a significant reduction in plaque and gum inflammation in hospitalized patients with periodontal disease.
Some people use Triphala topically: on the skin. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties may help heal certain skin issues. One study has found that Triphala helps protect skin cells. The findings suggest that it may help rebuild skin protein and retain moisture in the skin, in addition to combatting inflammation and oxidative injury. Researchers behind one review conclude that Triphala may help increase collagen formation and reduce bacteria on the skin, which means that it may help wounds heal.
Normalising blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Triphala promotes blood circulation and revamps the body with essential nutrients by building a stronger immune system. It's anti-inflammatory properties reduce the strain on the blood vessels and help to control high blood pressure. Triphala decreases hypertension, it helps to normalise blood circulation and reduces cholesterol.