Nutritionally fortified and palatable organic Harad Powder: an innovative herbal product

Demonstrating  Nutritionally Fortified Organic Harad Powder, An Innovative Herbal Product  With Natural Supplement  For Sustainable Trade

Demonstrating Nutritionally Fortified Organic Harad Powder, An Innovative Herbal Product With Natural Supplement For Sustainable Trade

Countless genera of plants are used mainly as herbal preparations in the indigenous systems of medicine in different countries which have stood up to the tests of time that even the modern forms of medicines have not been able to replace. Let’s explore the potential of one of such medicinal plants which is known as Harad in the sub-continent.

According to Indian mythology, Harad (Terminalia chebula), a medicinal plant, which claims to cure all diseases, originated from the drops of ambrosia which fell on earth while Indra (Lord of Rain) was drinking it. Terminalia chebula, also known as the ‘King of Medicine’ in Tibet is always placed at the top of the list in Ayurvedic Materia Medica due to its extraordinary power of healing.

Terminalia Chebula has been extensively used in Ayurveda, Unani & Homoeopathy and has become cynosure of modern medicine as it possesses a wide variety of properties viz antimicrobial, antioxidant, and antiviral, anticarcinogenic, hypocholesterolemic, radioprotective, antispasmodic & antipurgative. If Harad is taken after food, it helps to eliminate all the toxic effects due to food poisoning and merely chewing it leads to improved digestion.

The observed health benefits may be credited to the presence of various phyto chemicals like polyphenols, terpenes, anthocyanins, flavonoids, alkaloids and Glycosides, but they in turn make it extremely bitter. Thus the palatability of this medicine which is quite bitter limits its scope in deriving health benefits for the consumers. Hence the problem lies in the fact that its use as medicine gets limited. So to enhance the palatability  and to reduce the perceived bitterness a new formulation of Terminalia chebula powder was prepared by adding natural supplements so that the products becomes acceptable to the consumers across the world while retaining its nutritional richness.

In the present study to enhance the palatability of organically harvested Harad, a formulation was planned under which a preparation of its fruit powder was made by adding powder of another fruits like Indian Gooseberry (Emblica offcinalis), Balam Kheera (Kigelia africana) as natural nutrient supplements and asafoetida, cumin, carom and rock salt were added as taste enhancer.

Emblica officinalis or Indian Gooseberry are widely used in the Indian system of medicine and believed to increase defence against diseases. The use of its fruit as an antioxidant, immunomodulatory, antipyretic, analgesic, cytoprotective, antitussive and as gastroprotective are also reviewed.

On the other side Kigellia africana a native of Africa is well known traditionally for variety of medicinal purposes. The plant is traditionally used in anticancer, antiulcer, anti respiratory and skin related ailments. It is also used to treat body weakness, leprosy, worm infestation and tumours etc. It has strong anti‐oxidative effects against hepatotoxicity induced by paracetamol toxicity.  The anti‐oxidant actions of Kigelia africana have been attributed to the abundance of flavonoids and saponins in the fruits.

Thus an innovative product was prepared by adding Indian Goose berry and Kigelia pinnata fruit powder on drying as a natural supplement to the Terminalia chebula fruit’s powder along with taste enhancers.

On performing chemical and sensory evaluation the product which was added with natural supplements was found to be nutritionally richer as well as tastier than the raw Harad powder with rock salt and asafoetida, cumin and carom seeds. The value added product had a higher percentage of calcium and iron besides antioxidants. The product scored over the conventional Harad powder due to its higher energy value and exclusive protein content which was otherwise absent in the conventional Harad powder.

Hence nutritionally richer and tastier value added product enhanced the scope of Terminalia chebula among the consumers for deriving its natural health benefits across the world which otherwise get limited by its bitterness. The study also leaves the scope for further enhancing the nutritional status of the Harad powder and its taste by new combinations and permutations.

Thus the present novel product combining the herbal plants native to India and Africa can further boost up its market value over conventional Harad formulations leading to an improved trade at the global level.

Blogpost and picture submitted by Dr Chandrashekhar Sanwal (Indian Forest Service – India) – chandra.sanwal(at)gmail.com

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126 thoughts on “Nutritionally fortified and palatable organic Harad Powder: an innovative herbal product

  1. Good article..chandrasekhar…
    Very informative… The role of MAP in Indian system of medicine plays key role in the treatment of illness for ancient time..

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  2. It is indeed a great blog, depicting the uses and benefits of harad, an Indian medicine for digestive system. Dr Sanwal as a real forester no doubt will reach to masses and make them healthy. All the very best dear !

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  3. Dear CS very informative article. Thanks for making people aware about the old traditional Ayurveda medicine. Harad is one such product which is found in every house and is useful for everyone. it cures many problems without any side effect. Keep posting such important valuable information. I wish you a very good luck and bright future.

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  4. Well done Dr. Sanwal, Harad is an ingredient of Trifala and well known for its medicinal properties from ancient times, but formulate it in different and nice way is a great effort. I am sure that it will be very useful product.

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  5. Dr. sanwal your efforts deserves the accolade, very intelligently mixing the formulations and coming up with this tastier and healthier version of Harad. I am very happy that at least you have utilized Kigelia africana which is commonly cultivated in Uttarakhand. Keep the good work up.

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  6. It was realy a nice experience to work with Dr CS SANWAL, IFS, HALDWANI. We worked on different aspects like formulation, standardization and evaluation of the prepared formulation. I was also a part of this project. This is a realy new approach for the rural community to uplift their socio economic condition.

    Cheers,
    Dr Shailendra K Dwivedi
    Scientist
    College of Horticulture
    RVSKVV, Gwalior, INDIA

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  7. The virtues of Harad are well-known. The value addition with Embellica & Kigelia, in order to increase its palatability, is a highly commendable initiative.

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  8. sir, i know hard work always gives a better result, here you are a great example of that, really your work is fantastic and beneficial for whole population..go ahead sir ji…

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  9. Actually a wonderful work and initiative by Dr Sanwal and team. A great move to revive Ayurveda, a scientific innovation to show another useful aspect of Forest, a noble work to involve community so as to generate alternative employment. I have myself used this product, it is very soothing n relaxing. The best thing is that it is not acrid so it can be easily given to children. Specially useful in tarai belt where gastric problem is rampant. Nice work.

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  10. Needless to say that Harad (Terminalia chebula) is an essential ingredient of Triphala the wonder Indian medicine that is known to every household in India. The medicinal properties of harad are also known to every one. Value addition of the products used in India medicinal system is the need of the hour to improve their penetartion in the national and international market. the Nutritionally fortified and palatable organic Harad Powder will certainly add value to the product and will make it more acceptable among the users of Indian herbal medicinal system.
    Dr. Sanwal deserves complements for the is experimentation on the value addition of Harad powder

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  11. A great work done by Dr. Chandra and his team… i congratulate him for his efforts in bringing such a valuable product. this will be a great work for sustainable livelihood and forest management….. .

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  12. Great initiative to let people of world know about this Medicinal Plant HARAD. Indeed this plant has its very well know advantages that most of the people don’t know.

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  13. Great work/initiative by Dr. Sanwal sir……., Indeed such initiative at ground level is highly required in today’s lifestyle. It will give a insight to many other workers to think on those practical and locally accepted approaches. Thank you very much for sharing the information and looking forward for its wide acceptability among the local communities. warm regards

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  14. Praiseworthy work there Dr. Sanwal! I wish that it is emulated elsewhere as well. Your diligence has indeed paid off. Five years of your life you have put into this arduous task, not to mention the countless hours spent in the laboratories sniffing out the contents that went into making this new age nectar. To be in any way associated with this innovative “Churan” is a pride in itself. Heartiest congratulations from one Doctor to another!

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  15. A wonderful work done by Dr. Chander Shekhar and his team, i congratulates them for their efforts in bringing such as valuable product. Best wishes for them .

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  16. Harad Ayurved me Bhaut he Kaam ke cheej h.or Balamkhera Stone k lia use m laya jana wale Aushdhi h.in dono k mishran pat or Dimaak k lia bahut he fayade ka healthfull powder hoga.

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  17. Well done, this is very informative and useful for the people. Hope it will reach to common people and they can able to benefited from this information

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  18. Great and praisable work for encouraging the science of aurveda … Knowledgeable and appreciable blog post

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  19. a very good and healthy initiative by Dr Sanwal. this shall encourage use of harad and benefit all its users.

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  20. This is a great work specially at this era when we required a lot to do in the field of uses of medicinal plants and trees . Harar one of the ingredient of “Triphala” play an important role with respect to medicinal properties as well as a natural dye.

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  21. Quite interesting Chandru…thanks for sharing! The medicinal uses of harad is as traditional as it gets; in Nagaland also, from time immemorial, we have been using the fruits of T.chebula as a traditional instant remedy of stomach related ailments. But because of its bitterness, most children and even some students refuse to take it, so I am glad that this novel product has been prepared to tackle that issue as well as ensure a more marketable commodity. All the best!

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    • Many thanks Madam rightly interpreting the product. Really the traditional taste is quite aversive for patients. I hope you will assist in product promotion.

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  22. Another commendable effort to come up with something absolutely new and innovative. I was wondering however as to how this concoction prepared by you can be a better alternative to the otherwise hugely popular and age old “Triphala” churna which is supposed to have the benefits of Haritaki (harad), Amla (Indian gooseberry) and vabhitaki? Kindly shed some light on its overall effect on the human constitution in terms of whether it is a dominantly Üshna”(hot) product or has more of “sheeta”(cool) properties? Can it be consumed by diabetics as well as consumption of Triphala often requires prior advice from a doctor? Also, should it be used as a medicine more often or just as a regular “churna” to aid digestion? Kindly share the nutritive facts as well.
    P.S.: Do you have an official website or some newsletters that i may subscribe to?

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    • Many thanks sir for raising curiosity about this novel product. I hope it has helped you. Better to kindly consult medical practioner for the details. Please subscribe any reputed journal related to Ayurveda available in your city. I hope you will keep continuing this innovation at all level.

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  23. Marvelous job, Harad is being used in manifold application as a herbal product. Its medicinal and nutritional value will certainly provide a quick remedy for many ailments as well as nutritional supplement to the people.

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  24. It’s a very good for stomach.It helps in digestion. We can all use it and make us healthy. Its a very good Product. Its also not have aby side effects.

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  25. Very interesting and useful knowledge is shared through this blog post. Harad is known for its medicinal value but commercialization is not as per its value. I believe that with this new organic composition new doors will open for utilization of harad.

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