What You Should Know
Amalaki by Banyan Botanicals is a supplement that detoxifies the body. The key ingredient is the small fruit Amalaki. It is an ayurvedic herb and an alternative medicine from India. Thousands of herbs are used for medicinal and spiritual purposes in the ayurvedic tradition. The herb is used to assist digestion and is known in India as the great rejuvenator. This formula comes from a philosophical tradition of wellness. All the ingredients are natural, and react to “Dosha”: three things that change in our bodies.
List of Ingredients
Amaliki, stearic acid (from vegetable oil), rice maltodextrin, modified food starch, silicon dioxide, and magnesium stearate (from vegetable oil). Contains no animal products and is suitable for vegetarians.
Amalaki is considered one of the most important and potent herbs in the Ayurvedic tradition. Ayurvedic doctors recommend taking Amalaki in response to heat or “pitta” in the digestive system caused by ulcers, heartburn, colitis, gastritis, or acid reflux. There are claims that the herb acts as a natural coolant in the body, a strong detoxifier, and red blood cell producer. Most Ayurvedic doctors also recommend the herb to regenerate lean body mass which if true could be very beneficial in weight loss program that involves exercise.
- Contains amino acids that can build muscle.
- Contains antioxidants.
- Can function as a laxative.
- USDA Certified organic.
- This product is not FDA approved.
- Can cause diarrhea.
- Does not produce a fat burning effect.
- Hard to find in stores.
Ayurvedic supplements are practically non-existent in the American weight loss supplement market. Products like Amalaki are normally combined with other herbs and supplements in order to balance the bodies “doshas” or well-being. For example Triphala is taken to treat constipation and Amalaki is taken to counter the heartburn that one can experience from Triphala. For someone not used to taking herbs this product can cause diarrhea. Also, claims that ayurvedic medicine produces health benefits are not backed by clinical studies. This product is not recommended for someone looking to lose weight.