Triphala For Weight Loss: How Does It Help?

Discover the strength of this Ayurvedic ingredient and make it a part of your weight loss journey.

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The use of triphala for weight loss is popular in Ayurveda. As the name suggests, Triphala is a mixture of three (tri) fruits (Phala), namely amla (amalaki or Indian gooseberry or Emblica officinalis), harada (haritaki or Terminalia chebula), and behada (bibhitaki or Terminalia bellirica). These fruits can flush out the toxins, keep your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine healthy, and promote your overall health. This Ayurvedic diet supplement may also reduce cholesterol, boost metabolism, improve immunity, and combat many microbial infections (1). Learn more about its role in weight loss. Read on.

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Amla, is amongst the oldest edible fruits in India. Haritaki is considered to be “the king of medicines” in Ayurveda. Bibhitaki has a more notorious reputation for growing on a tree believed to be haunted by demons by the people of Northern India.

What Is Triphala?

Triphala, an age-old herbal remedy used in Ayurveda, combines three potent fruits – amla, harada, and behada – to provide a holistic approach to well-being. Beyond its weight loss potential, Triphala also offers an array of health benefits. Its rich antioxidant content not only slows down the aging process but also safeguards against chronic illnesses by neutralizing harmful free radicals (2), (3). Anecdotal evidence suggests that amla may enhance vision and oral health, while also nurturing hair vitality. Triphala’s digestive benefits may also extend to regulating bowel movements and detoxifying the body, promoting overall vitality.

Before we get into its many health benefits, let us first learn how it can aid weight loss. Keep reading to know more.

Triphala For Weight Loss

Triphala for weight loss
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Taking Triphala, in combination with healthy food habits and a proper exercise regimen, helps reduce unwanted fat.

Several studies have demonstrated the beneficial role that Triphala plays in fat loss and subsequent weight loss:

  • A study was conducted by Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India) on mice that were fed a high-fat diet. It found that giving the mice Triphala helped reduce through fat burning as well as reduced body-fat percentagei  The amount of fat in the body in comparison to its lean mass (which consists of muscles, organs, bones, and body water). . It also resulted in an improvement in their lipid profile and glucose levels (4).
  • Another study conducted on obese individuals in Iran found that supplementation of 5 g Triphala (Itrifal Sagir) powder twice a day helps reduce body weight, waist circumference, and hip circumference (5). It also works as an appetite suppressant.

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Triphala is not only widely recommended in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for weight loss and detoxification but also mentioned in Al-Qanun fit-tib or the “Canon of Medicine,” an encyclopedia compiled by Persian philosopher Ibn Sina.

To find out how to add Triphala to your diet to aid weight loss, check out the next section.

How to Use Triphala Churna for Weight Loss

Triphala is available in the form of powder or herbal supplement tablets at pharmacies and Ayurvedic stores, or you can also buy it online.

The findings of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2017 to March 2020 analyzed the prevalence of dietary supplement usage across different age groups. The study involved a total of 6,324 children and adolescents aged 0 to 19 years, along with 9,924 adults aged 20 years and older. The results indicated that 34.8% of children and adolescents, as well as 58.5% of adults, reported using at least one dietary supplement within the last 30 days. Interestingly, the usage of dietary supplements like Triphala was more prevalent among females compared to males, except for children aged 12 to 24 months.

Here are a few ways to take Triphala as a dietary supplement to improve your overall health and aid weight loss.

1. Triphala Powder And Cold Water

Triphala Powder And Cold Water
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Add two teaspoons of Triphala powder in a glass of water and let it soak overnight. Drink the Triphala water first thing in the morning for easy bowel movements.

2. Triphala Powder And Warm Water

Add a tablespoon of Triphala powder in a glass of water and let it soak overnight. In the morning, boil this water until its volume reduces to half. Let it cool for some time. Drink it in one go.

3. Triphala Powder, Honey, And Cinnamon

Add a tablespoon of Triphala powder and a small stick of cinnamon to a glass of water. Let it soak overnight. In the morning, add a tablespoon of organic honey to this water and drink it at one go.

4. Triphala Tablet

As a natural remedy for improved digestion, take one tablet per day with warm or cold water before you go to bed.

5. Triphala Tea

Triphala tea for weight loss
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Boil a cup of water and add a tablespoon Triphala powder to it. Let it boil for 30 seconds. Pour the water into a cup and let it cool. Add a tablespoon of flaxseed powder and a dash of lime before drinking.

Triphala Dosage for Weight Loss

Spoonful of triphala for weight loss
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Taking 10 g of Triphala powder before breakfast and after dinner aids weight loss (5). Drink a glass of lukewarm water after taking Triphala for better results.

Other Health Benefits Of Triphala

Triphala powder and supplements have many health benefits
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  • Triphala has gastroprotective effects. It reduces constipation and bloating, removes toxins from the body, and helps in the management of hyperacidityi  A condition characterized by excess acid production in the stomach that leads to inflammation of the stomach lining.  (6).
  • The phenolic compoundsi  Chemical compounds found in plants rich in anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and antiviral properties. present in Triphala possess antioxidant properties and, thus, help in scavenging free radicalsi  Unstable oxygen molecules in the body that raise the risk of chronic ailments like cardiovascular disease and cancer. (7).
  • A clinical study revealed that taking 5 g of Triphala daily for 45 days helps in the lowering of blood glucose levels (8).
  • Triphala has been found to reduce total cholesterol, triglyceridei  A type of fat coming from excess intake of oils, butter, and other fatty foods, the high levels of which can elevate heart disease risk. , and LDL cholesterol levels in experimentally-induced hypercholesteremic rats (9).
  • Triphala boosts immunity and is effective in reducing stress and anxiety (1).

Infographic: 4 Ways To Use Triphala For Weight Loss

Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic powder made from the blend of the fruits amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki. Consuming triphala may suppress your appetite, boost metabolism, and improve your overall health. We have rounded up the top ways to use triphala for weight loss in the infographic below. Check it out!

4 ways to use triphala for weight loss (infographic)

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Triphala Churna has a special place in Ayurveda with regard to weight loss as its benefits are backed by scientific evidence. It may help improve lipid profile, reduce body-fat percentage and waist and hip circumference, and lower glucose levels. Use Triphala for weight loss by mixing the powder with warm or normal water and letting it soak overnight. Then, drink it in the morning. You can also make tea with it or add honey and cinnamon for added benefits. For effective results, drink 10 g of Triphala powder with water before breakfast and after dinner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should not take Triphala?

Triphala is believed to lower blood pressure or lead to mild digestive health problems like flatulence or diarrhea. Hence, those with low blood pressure or a history of digestive issues must refrain from consuming Triphala.

Can I take Triphala during periods?

Possibly not. While taking a spoonful of Triphala powder mixed in water a couple of days prior to your periods is believed to help ease menstrual irregularities, taking it during your periods may lead to heavy bleeding. Consult your doctor for more information in this regard.

Can I take Triphala with milk?

Yes. According to Ayurveda, Triphala with milk may help relieve constipation and boost digestion.

Key Takeaways

  • Triphala is an Ayurvedic formulation of three Indian herbs: Amla, Harada, and Behada.
  • Studies have shown that it helps reduce weight and body-fat percentage.
  • You can have it with water, tea, or supplements to reap its benefits.

References

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  1. Therapeutic Uses of Triphala in Ayurvedic Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5567597/
  2. Protective Effects of Triphala on Dermal Fibroblasts and Human Keratinocytes
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4711708/
  3. Therapeutic Uses of Triphala in Ayurvedic Medicine
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5567597/
  4. Triphala and its constituents ameliorate visceral adiposity from a high-fat diet in mice with diet-induced obesity, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23251942/
  5. Efficacy of ‘Itrifal Saghir’, a combination of three medicinal plants in the treatment of obesity; A randomized controlled trial, DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3559014/
  6. Clinical Study of ‘Triphala’- A Well Known Phytomedicine from India, Iranian Journal of Phamacology and Therapeutics, ACECR Scientific Information Database.
    https://www.sid.ir/paper/297103/en
  7. In vitro antioxidant studies and free radical reactions of triphala, an ayurvedic formulation and its constituents, Phytotherapy Research, Wiley Online Library.
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.1515
  8. Hypoglycemic Effect of Triphala on Selected Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus Subjects, Ancient Science of Life, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3330861/pdf/ASL-27-45.pdf
  9. Hypolipidemic effect of triphala in experimentally induced hypercholesteremic rats, Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17268159/
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Merlin Annie RajRegistered Dietitian Nutritionist

Merlin Annie Raj is a Registered Dietitian based out of Hyderabad, India. She has 14 years of experience in Clinical Nutrition as well as teaching Nutrition and Dietetics to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She was awarded the ‘President’s Award’ at the 47th Annual National Conference of the Indian Dietetic Association, 2014.   Merlin has conducted various weight management programs, prepared...read full bio

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