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Rasayana: Ayurveda's antioxidant stretegy
Now days everyone talks about the
need to take antioxidants to keep themselves going as they struggle to cope due
to the type of lifestyle they live and the diet they take. As a result of our hectic
or erratic lifestyle and incompatible food intake such as fast foods, processed
and tinned foods as well as living in an environment of jealousy, anger, hatred,
fear or feeling anxious as well as indulgence of excessive sexual activities,
one feels these anti-oxidants will compensate for what is being lost in my
However, the concept of taking
antioxidants is not new. In the ancient science of Ayurveda this aspect has
been explained under a special branch of study known as Rasayana, meaning
rejuvenation. Ayurvedic science has given it so much importance that the subject
is taught at great depth. The unique difference between our present day use of antioxidant
as compared to Rasyana in Ayurveda is that the present day use of anti-oxidants
is with a focus that if your body is lacking nourishment and you are feeling
run down or fatigued or tired and have some long term serious ailment you need
some so called natural anti-oxidants, which will substitute for the deficiency
your body is having. However, this is purely a symptomatic solution and defeats
the purpose and focus of the antioxidant strategy.
Antioxidants or Rasayana in
Ayurveda are used to revive our body’s intelligence by expelling the
accumulation of ama or free radical substances from the body as it is this
accumulation of waste that prevents the tissue, cells and organs from
performing their function properly. The definition of Rasayana in Ayurveda is
very simple and clearly give us understanding that the product and procedures
that help to build Rasa Dhatu to the optimum quality and will allow it to flow
all over the body so that all seven dhatus (tissues) get proper nourishment is
known as Rasayana or antioxidant therapy.
Every antioxidant or Rasyana
product should perform the following functions:
helps to burn ama and other waste products which are responsible for the ageing
process or affect one immune system;
the Agni (digestive fire);
proper nutrients for each tissue;
cleansing all channels (Srotas);
all three doshas;
to maintain Sattvic quality so the mind, sense organs and motor organs can be
of optimum quality and able to perform their function at an optimum level.
No antioxidant supplement is of any
use if it is only fixing your present deficiency and not returning your bodily
Rasayana should improve our physical,
mental, emotional qualities but reviving the bodily intelligence at each level.
In the study of Rasyana in Ayurveda there has been so many antioxidant
supplements and procedure for the revitalisation of specific tissues, organs
and systems. But two of the best know antioxidant preparations which are known
to revitalise everyone from young children to 80 to 90 year-old individuals and
should be used on a regular basis are Chyawanprash and Kesri Kalp.
Chyawanprash has several ayurvedic
herbs such as Amla (best known for its high quality of Vitamin C), Vidari,
Guduchi, Haritaki, Shatavari, Kutki and Prasarini to name a few that are known
to build all tissues. These herbs best known for their antioxidant and
rejuvenating qualities and naturally build all seven tissues. Kesri Kalp also
has all these herbs but includes several precious minerals such as gold, silver
and mica that have been specifically purified to extract their medicinal
qualities. Chyawanprash is best for all ages, while Kesri Kalp is very effective
for adults (35-90 years).
When is the best time to use
antioxidants or Rasyana? Winter is the best time to use such products as in
Winter our Agni is naturally strong and able to metabolise all ingredients so
antioxidants or Rasyana are more effective way to receive nourishment.
Everyone who feels their hectic,
busy and stressful lifestyle and erratic diet have impacted their body’s immune
system should use antioxidants but only those products that treat the problem
at its root by burning and expelling toxic waste products and returning the
body’s natural intelligence to its natural, balanced state.
Both these products are available from our online shop