Triphala (sometimes spelled Trifala) is a traditional Ayurvedic formula that tones and supports the normal function of the bowels. This formula has three fruits that support the eliminative process: Amalaki is a fruit that supports a healthy intestinal system. Bibhitaki supports the natural balance of intestinal mucus. Haritaki supports the natural strength and function of the intestinal muscles. Our formula is a proven proprietary blend formulated by Dr. John Douillard D.C., C.A.P. based on over 30 years of clinical experience and thousands of years of Ayurvedic tradition.
Suggested Use: Take 1 capsule after meals or 1-2 capsules in the morning and before bed, or as directed by your health care professional.
Bottle Contains: 90 vegetarian capsules, 500mg each
Ingredients: Organic Triphala (Amalaki, Bibhitaki, Haritaki)
Does not contain:Yeast, gluten, corn, soy, milk, fish, animal products, binders, fillers, preservatives, or artificial coloring
A recent study surveyed 1,064,004 men and women and found that 26% of them reported occasional constipation. (1) Few people realize that, beyond discomfort, occasional constipation is also linked to poor immunity, fatigue, and nutritional deficiencies.
What Is the Cause of Poor Digestion?
There are more stress receptors in the gut than there are in the brain. Ninety-five percent of the serotonin in the body is manufactured and stored in the gut. (7) Other stress receptors like dopamine and norepinephrine (adrenaline) are abundant in the gut, making the gut the first responder for stress. (8) In fact, the gut has its very own nervous system called the Enteric Nervous System (ENS), which is totally independent of the Central Nervous System (CNS). Many of us can relate to feeling stress, nervousness, and butterflies in the gut. The gut is where we first learn to suck it up as kids, to stuff our emotions in order to deal with adversity and emotional trauma and cope with an unfriendly world.
In Ayurveda, the gut is considered to be the seat of the nervous system. Stress will cause poor digestion long before symptoms of fatigue, mood, and other more obvious symptoms are experienced. Stress impacts the gut wall by compromising blood supply and lymph drainage to the intestinal tract, which dries out the mucus membranes and often results in occasional constipation. Years of stress and elimination issues can cause the intestinal mucosa to produce reactive mucus as an attempt to soften the stool and improve elimination. Many laxatives mimic this effect, but not without side effects.
Do Natural Laxatives Work?
In one meta-analysis of over 250 studies, laxative therapies showed no noticeable difference compared to the placebo when measuring long term bowel frequency. In other words, while laxatives of all kinds are prescribed and used as over-the-counter support, little if any evidence exists to confirm their long term effectiveness. (2,3) While they often yield the desired effect at first, over time the body can become tolerant to them and they can stop working.
Are Laxatives Dangerous?
Laxatives typically speed up transit time, which is the time that it takes for food to be eaten and then eliminated. This increases risk of mineral deficiencies due to a phenomenon called “intestinal hurry”, whereby the food moves too quickly through the gut to be properly absorbed. (4) Long term laxative users can have somewhat regular bowel movements, but may become run down and tired due to various mineral and nutritional deficiencies.
Even Natural Laxatives Can Create Intestinal Hurry
Magnesium, senna, caffeine, and cascara are common laxatives that cause intestinal hurry and possible malabsorption. Magnesium has been found to cause malabsorption at laxative dosages as low as 250mg per day. (4)
There are five major classifications of laxatives that can all have harmful side effects if used long term. They are:
Bulking: Psyllium, Bran, Cellulose
Stimulant: Senna, Cascara, Caffeine (Coffee, Tea, Chocolate)
Osmotic: Magnesium, Sodium Salts, Epsom Salt
Softening: “Stool Softeners” including Sodium and Calcium Sulfosuccinate
Lubricant: Mineral Oil
Bulking agents like psyllium pull water off the gut wall, which dehydrates and ultimately irritates the bowel. The psyllium expands as it pulls more water off the intestinal wall, which causes the gut to distend. With long term use, the gut becomes dried out, dehydrated and overly bloated. The more distended the gut becomes, the less motile and the more chronic the constipation becomes.
Stimulant, osmotic, and softening laxatives have all been shown to compromise mineral and electrolyte absorption by accumulating water in the gut and slowing absorption. (5, 6)
Stimulants like senna, cascara, and caffeine, and osmotics like magnesium also act as intestinal irritants (6) that aggravate the intestinal mucosa and desensitize the intestinal wall causing constipation, malabsorption, and dependency on laxatives with long term use.
Lubricants like mineral oil leave toxic residues in the mesenteric lymph, intestinal mucosa, liver, and spleen while compromising absorption of water and nutrients through the gut wall. (6)
Changing Your Diet Isn’t the Cure
Many folks find certain hard-to-digest foods like wheat, dairy, soy, corn, nuts and grains constipating so they stop eating them and think they have healed themselves because the elimination issue disappears. Again – don’t be fooled into thinking that avoiding hard-to-digest foods will fix an underlying digestive problem that might be the real cause of your digestive issues.
The fat soluble environmental toxins and heavy metals in the air we breathe also pollutes the soil and even the organic foods we eat daily. These toxins are very hard to detoxify and we cannot avoid them. A strong digestive system is how the body removes these toxins. Instead of just treating the symptoms by avoiding hard-to-digest foods, teach your body to naturally become a great detoxifier by first and foremost making it a great digester.
How to Support the Gut
Triphala (also spelled Trifala) is a classic Ayurvedic formula that consists of three fruits which safely and effectively treat occasional constipation (9):
- Haritaki tones the muscular wall of the gut.
- Amalaki heals the inner wall of the gut and villi.
- Bibhitaki pulls mucus and toxins off the wall of the gut.
In a recent peer-reviewed study, the effects of Triphala were examined. The study set out to measure the effects of Triphala and its individual herbal components Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki, on various blood markers (10).
This study divided 42 mice into six groups. All but one group was fed a high fat diet for 10 weeks:
- Group One – Normal Diet
- Group Two – High Fat Diet
- Group Three – High Fat Diet plus Triphala
- Group Four – High Fat Diet plus Amalaki
- Group Five – High Fat Diet plus Haritaki
- Group Six – High Fat Diet plus Bibhitaki
For each group, blood was drawn every 2, 4, 8, and 10 weeks. The blood markers that were measured were fasting blood glucose, serum lipid profiles – including total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and HDL cholesterols – energy intake, body fat, liver cytology (cell health), and body weight for each group.(10)
The results showed that the mice on a high fat diet who took Triphala and its constituents supported a natural and significant regulation in:
- Body weight
- Percentage body fat
- Cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides
- Glucose levels
- Insulin resistance
- Liver enzymes
- Fat in the liver
- Cellular health in the liver
Though the results showed some benefit with each of Triphala’s constituents individually, greater support was found with the complete Triphala formula alone. (10)