What are its benefits?
Triphala is included in the shake base because of indications that it increases longevity. Triphala is a prebiotic, feeding existing beneficial bacteria in the human gut, Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus. (These are known to have evolved hand and hand with humans since the beginning). Researchers at McGill University studied fruit flies — whose genes are remarkably similar to mammals with about 70% similarity in terms of their biochemical pathways — and found that a combination of triphala and probiotics increased their longevity by 60% and protected them against chronic diseases associated with aging. The mechanism for this was suggested by measurements showing reduced markers of physiological stress, oxidative stress, inflammation, and mitochondrial dynamics — all of which cause aging.
Ayurvedic practitioners use triphala for detoxification that aids digestion and microbiome health. Triphala is an ingredient in over 400 Ayurvedic remedies. It’s an antioxidant, and it tones and supports the large intestine to improve motility and absorption of nutrients. Triphala contains a number of polyphenolic compounds which give it a broad antimicrobial spectrum.
What is it?
Triphala is an Ayurvedic compound from India, made from three dried fruits – amla, bihara, and harada. It contains vitamin C, flavonoids, polyphenols, tannins and saponins, along with other potent plant compounds.