Ayurvedic Botanicals To Support Brain Function and Fortify Immunity
HANAH ONE is a tasty jam filled with a laundry list of potent antioxidant-rich herbs. The roots of this botanical supplement can be found in the Ayurvedic medicine chyawanprash. Before we dive into the benefits, let’s first take a look at its origins and some of the ingredients.
In Ayurveda medicinal herbs and time-tested methods of administering them are a large component of the ancient healing tradition. But if you’ve ever experienced wonderfully aromatic Indian cuisine, you might guess that the consumption of herbs in Ayurveda, and as an extension in India, is not reserved for when we fall ill. Rather in Ayurveda, culinary and medicinal herbs play an important role in the diet for maintaining lifelong health and balancing the doshas.
The delicious ghee and honey based jam called chyawanprash is a great example of a traditional Ayurvedic food-supplement. Chyawanprash is medicinal but can be taken as a daily, tasty pick-me-up. Variations on the recipe can be found in Indian holy texts, but the basic recipe calls for a cooked mixture of sugar, honey, and ghee, with amalaki (Indian Gooseberry), together with sesame oil, berries and a mixture of other supporting herbs and spices.
Although it’s not called chyawanprash, this traditional Ayurvedic botanical jam was the inspiration for HANAH ONE. If your sugar radar is going off right now, I was right there with you when I first learned about this botanical jam. In this case the benefit of the modest amount of sucrose found in a single spoonful of HANAH ONE, is that it will provide quick energy for your brain and act as a natural preservative for the formula. But because it’s accompanied by sesame oil and ghee, the sugar is counterbalanced by the presence of the fat and oil duo, which help to slow down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream and prevent insulin spikes.
Ghee has been known to reduce inflammation in the gut and adds another layer of heightened absorption of the vital nutrients and minerals present in the botanical mixture. Because of its high quality short chain fatty acid saturated fat content, ghee acts as a carrier for fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. It’s quickly absorbed by the cells and provides the body with sustained energy, while its antimicrobial properties act to improve proper digestion. These, and many other beneficial properties, make ghee an essential part of the base for the herbal mixture.
Proven + Possible Benefits
I’ve used HANAH ONE in a couple of different ways to test it’s effects, and though they are subtle, it has proven to be effective in terms of providing my body and brain with an energy boost. Unlike the jolt you get with caffeine, this is a slow and sustained kind of effect.
I can’t testify to the anti-inflammatory, digestive and myriad other possible health benefits. What I can share with you from personal experience is that when taken on long hikes a little packet of HANAH ONE provided me with hours of energy. I replicated this quite a few times last year when traveling in South America. It’s simply the best pick me up while staying active.
More recently, when adding a spoonful of HANAH ONE to my Maca Turmeric Bliss Latte I’ve experienced noticeable improvement in mental clarity while putting in long days of studying. Again, this has become a routine over the last couple weeks and I’ve been getting consistent results. Which makes a lot of sense because according to this recent study, after just 15 days of being fed chyawanprash, aged mice showed measurable improvement in memory.
They also found decreased acetylcholinesterase activity in the mice, which led to an increase in acetylcholine transmission. This is really exciting because, when produced in the brain, acetylcholine has been associated with improved cognition and learning. Conversely, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease first signs of cognitive decline signal that neurons which produce acetylcholine have started to become damaged. In fact, drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s, are called cholinesterase inhibitors, meaning that they increase the effectiveness of acetylcholine in the brain.
As if that’s not enough good news, the study also showed, “a significant decrease in brain TBARS and increase in GSH levels of the aged animals, indicating decreased free radical generation and increased scavenging of free radicals respectively.” Providing us with hard data that chyawanprash can be authentically effective at significantly boosting the body’s antioxidant defense system and in preventing free radical damage.
How To Best Support Your Mind + Body With Hanah One
If you’re curious about HAHAH ONE and chyawanprash, I suggest you reference this incredibly thorough article from Ayur Times to learn about all the ways in which this ancient medicine might support you, its few contraindications and specific dosage. In Ayurveda, some potential benefits are said to include:
- memory enhancer by virtue of its antioxidant effect, pro-cholinergic action, improved learning ability, and increased retention capacity (1)
- flavonoids found in plant pigments, improve immunity and prevent overstimulation of the immune system
- improves heart muscle strength and pumping capacity of the heart
- repairs and helps regeneration and rejuvenation of cells and tissues
- improves other medicines’ actions and enhances distribution and bioavailability
- promotes calcium absorption for stronger bones and teeth
- increases protein synthesis for improved muscle tone and muscle flexibility
- enhances fertility and helps in regulating the menstrual cycle in women
- increases hemoglobin levels
And that’s not all. There are simply too many possible benefits to list. Just please remember that if you have a serious medical condition, consult your doctor and do your research to determine if a chyawanprash formula might be helpful with your ailment.
For general well being, HANAH ONE might just be the plant medicine needed to help bring your mind and body into balance.
Hanah ONE is made with 30 wild-harvested herbs responsibly sourced from India, in a base of Keralan mountain honey, artisanal ghee, and sesame oil. Some of its active ingredients are turmeric, ashwagandha, shatavari, curcumin, piperine, withaferin A, and emblicanin.
The full ingredient list includes:
Honey, Sesame oil, Ghee, Turmeric, Ashwagandha, Gotu Kola, Chebulic myrobalan, Amalaki, Cinnamon, Butterfly pea, Yellow nutsedge, Cyperus, Cardamom, Licorice, Saffron, Long pepper, Aerva Lanata, Calamus, Bael Tree, Shatavari, Boerhavia, Ivy gourd, Sarivan, Desmostachya, Malay Bush Beech, Oroxylum, Arani, Castor, Policosanol, Arrow-leaf Sida, Yellow-fruit nightshade, Tribulus Terrestris, Mung Bean, and sugar cane.
- Beneficial effect of chyawanprash on cognitive function in aged mice. Bansal N, Parle M. Pharm Biol. 2011 Jan;49(1):2-8. doi: 10.3109/13880209.2010.489904. Epub 2010 Aug 25.