Q. What is Triphala?
A. “Tri” means three, and “phala” means fruit. Triphala is a formula of three potent super fruits that have a wide range of activity: Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki. As it was formulated thousands of years ago and is the most popular formula of all, it is most likely the most sought out and appreciated herbal formula in the world, ever.
Q. How does Triphala compare with other superfruits?
A. One main measure of a superfruit is its ability to support healthy antioxidant function. One of the scales to measure this is called the TEAC score. It is a linear scale with fruits like blueberries scoring about 10 and raspberries scoring about 15. However, the Triphala fruits are literally off the charts, with Haritaki coming in at an astounding 679! Nothing really comes close.
Q. When should I take Triphala?
A. To optimize its ability to support natural healthy detoxing take it right before bed. To optimize it ability to act as a strengthening tonic, take it first thing in the morning.
Q. Can you use Triphala daily?
A. Yes, Triphala is designed to be balanced in many ways. It is balanced across all types of individual constitutions, so any person with any constitution can use it. It is also balanced between being a detoxing cleanse and a strengthening tonic, so you can use it daily because it supports deep natural homeostasis.
Q. How does triphala help your digestion?
A. Triphala helps gastrointestinal motility. In order for your food to properly digest, the muscles of your stomach must contract and relax well. When this doesn’t occur, you may suffer from digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome. It has been shown that triphala functions as well as prescribed medicines to help with gastric emptying without any negative side effects. In this sense, you can use triphala as a colon cleanser, as it helps to break down and release waste from your system.
Q. What are Triphala's antibacterial properties?
A. Triphala helps to eradicate a variety of bacteria associated with gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancer. It has also been shown to inhibit the growth of Streptococcus, and is an effective wound healer. To protect your mouth from cavities and excessive plaque, make a mouth rinse with triphala. Buy it in a finely powdered form, and prepare it by boiling one part of triphala with 16 parts water.
Q. Does triphala have antioxidant properties?
A. Triphala has very high antioxidant levels. The amla fruit is extremely high in vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid, and it is rich in flavonoids and polyphenols that contribute to its reputation as a superfood. Adding this anitoxidant powerhouse to your diet can help you stay healthy, remove toxins and balance your cholesterol levels.
Q. Does triphala promote healthy pH levels?
A. Triphala is an excellent alkalizing supplement, as all three of the fruits are alkalizing in nature. Balancing acid and alkaline levels in your body is extremely important, as today’s modern environment and food options tend to create too much acidity in the body. High acidity can lead to the development of a degenerative disease, such as cancer. In particular, amla helps your body to maintain a healthy balance between aggressive and protective digestive factors, which works to keep the acid levels in check.