Q: Is there an immune support I can take year round, not just during flu season, that’s safe for my whole family?
A: Yes, there is an Ayurvedic herbal formula in a jam base of amalaki fruit called Chayavanprash. Amalaki is rich in antioxidents and has one of the highest levels of vitamin C of any known plant. Chayavanprash works to bolster the immune system by building the blood and strengthening the body’s defense system (the lungs, heart, liver, spleen, red and white blood cells) as well as enhance digestion. Another use for Chayavanprash is for overall strength and rejuvenation. It is an excellent formula for providing a deeper level of nourishment to the the entire system, imparting vitality. Chayavanprash can be taken alone, stirred into warm almond milk or used like a regular jam. It can either be taken daily or as a tonic during the fall and winter months. The dose for children is 1/2 tsp per day and for adults 1-2 tsp per day. Chayavanprash is extremely safe, but use caution when taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs or in cases of extreme toxicity.