Horlicks : Ingrediants, Health Benefits And Side Effects

Horlicks is the title of a company which is the manufacturer of a malted hot drink known by the same name. It was first developed by the founders of the company, William and James Horlick. It is manufactured and sold by GlaxoSmithKline in many countries.

Horlicks was first introduces in India after the First World War ended. The Indian soldiers of the British Indian Army had brought it back to India with them as a supplement to the diet. Since then, it became a family drink and even was a kind of status symbol in the rich Indian society.

Horlicks : Ingrediants, Health Benefits And Side Effects

Horlicks : Ingrediants, Health Benefits And Side Effects


India offers the biggest market for this malted drink. The brand went through a revamp in the year 2003 to keep up with the changing times and introduced new flavors to the traditional drink such as toffee, vanilla, honey, chocolate and elaichi ( cardamom). It also developed and launched variants such as Junior Horlicks, which is specially formulated for young toddlers, Mother’s Horlicks, meant for breast-feeding women, Women’s Horlicks, designed for women, Lite Horlicks, meant for adults, and Horlicks Gold.

Horlicks Ingredients :

The ingredients of this malted drink are- Malt extract, wheat flour, solids, malted barley, minerals, , salt, vitamins, isolate and acidity regulator or Potassium Bicarbonate. It provides the essential vitamins and minerals to growing children and enhances their over-all health. It contains fourteen of the principal and vital nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin C, vitamin E, Riboflavin ( Vitamin B2), Thiamin ( Vitamin B1), Niacin, Folic acid, Vitamin B6, Biotin, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic acid ( Vitamin B5), fibre, Calcium , Zinc and Iron.

Horlicks Health Benefits :

  1. It contains calcium which helps to keep the bones and teeth strong and healthy.
  2. The iron content in Horlicks boosts the creation of red blood cells in the body and increases the hemoglobin. It also deals with fatigue and the risk of anemia.
  3. The pantothenic acid that is present in Horlicks helps to release energy in the food.
  4. It contains the anti-oxidant, vitamin E, which is very helpful in protecting the cells of the body.
  5. The zinc content in Horlicks helps in healing wounds and keeps the skin charming and healthy.
  6. It enhances and strengthens the immune system of the body as it is a good source of vitamin A. This vitamin also improves the eyesight of a person and deals with vision related problems.
  7. The niacin present in Horlicks takes care of the neural health.
  8. The vitamin C that Horlicks contains helps to aabsorb iron into the body.
  9. The vitamin B6 present in Horlicks helps to remove fatigue and tiredness from the body.
  10. The thiamin B1 that Horlicks contains is known to aid in the proper and better functioning of the heart.
  11. The vitamin B12 present in Horlicks has been considered essential for the growth of red blood cells.
  12. Horlicks, which is a malted drink, helps to keep off hunger overnight and thus induces sounder and deeper sleep.

Though Horlicks offers a large number of health benefits to its consumers, it has some side effects as well.

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Horlicks Side Effects :

  1. Horlicks stimulates the metabolism and increases the heart rate and the blood pressure, which can even cause palpitations in some people.
  2. It dehydrates the body severely if taken in more than the recommended dosage, as it contains a high amount of sugar.

189 Responses to Horlicks : Ingrediants, Health Benefits And Side Effects

  1. Prabhakar says:

    Very good product

  2. neel says:

    I want to know that from which month a pregnant woman start drinking mother Horlicks

    • admin says:

      There is no such limitations on the use, you can start taking it whenever you like.

      • T M C D De Silva says:

        Is this good for for the people who are having calcium oxalate stones.

        • admin says:

          The products contains calcium, you must avoid it.

          • Navin says:

            My two year ten old month old kid had Horlicks Stage 1 and her tongue got burned.Even my wife also tested she also had the similar issues.Last week only we bought it from Chennai Caravans Stores.I feel,We are risking our kids life .Please explain why this is happening.

  3. Munalraaz says:

    Why it is not recommended to take Horlicks in case of baby less than 2 years..even if Junior Horlicks.- Just want to clarification. What are the possible side effect…?

  4. haraprasad mohapatra says:

    horlicks, my father’s doctor contraadvised him from taking saying it is contraindicated for peptic ulcer patients. it induces hyper-acidity and hence its intake be abandoned. your literature says it contains added potassium-bicarbonate that kills acidifying effects of horlicks.
    what was the doctor’s intention in stopping my old father from taking a couple cup horlicks a day?

  5. sanju says:

    Can any one consume mother horlicks apart from pregnant women directly

  6. Charu says:

    My baby is 3 month old can I drink mothers Horlick. Doctor said to show my baby in sun light in morning but chill air is coming so I’m not able to show so by drinking mother Horlicks my baby will get vitamin D. Mothers Horlicks will help to gain weight for my baby????

  7. Suba says:

    Im conceived. I’m drinking women’s horlicks. Pls clarify is there any problem in drinking women’s horlicks?

  8. amina says:

    i have kidney stone, can I take Horlicks because I love the flavour so much.

  9. chandra sekhar Gujarat says:

    32 grams of Horlicks enough to get daily vitamin d dosage ?

  10. Ajaz Ahamad says:

    Can we give junior horlicks 456 to 18 months old baby? Please reply me.

  11. rani says:

    I m a bp patient… can i take women’s horlicks or not…. pls reply

  12. Rajendra says:

    Does Horlicks give you gastric troubles ?

  13. Nabanita sarkar says:

    Wt is bter fr a adult classic or women horliks?

  14. sweety says:

    Can I prepare ice cream of mother Horlicks…. I mean will it be safe

  15. kasthu says:

    I am 3 months pregnant and I take folic acid tablets, so can i take mother horlicks or not ?

  16. simran says:

    Is women’s horlicks advisable for diabatic patients?

  17. Usha Vidot says:

    My elderly mother suffers from colitis (chronic infection of the colon). She is on medication for that. Would it be okay for her to drink 2 cups of women’s Horlicks per day to give her some energy (a spoon per cup mixed only with hot water)?

    • admin says:

      You have to ask your physician about this because in any medical condition, every external food source has to be taken with precautions.

      If you doctor gives it a green light, then only you can proceed.

  18. Margaret says:

    Drs say that taking Mother’s horlick during pregnancy leads to gestational diabetes. Is it true?

  19. Suma says:

    Am having hypothyroidism can i have women’s horlicks or gold horlicks

  20. ISHWOR says:

    CAN I USE HORLICKS IN HIGH blood pressure?

  21. Ferdous Shahin says:

    I came to know that, many countries have banned to use this product. May I get the wright answer from you dear admin?

  22. praveen says:

    While drinking horlicks I am getting cough why.is there any peanut protein in it.

  23. Subusola Ayoola says:

    Can i give my 1yrs 6month son horlicks

  24. anand says:

    I feel vomit after drinking horlicks and there is pain in my foodpipe and I felt difficult to eat food .what should be done?is there problem in horlicks?

  25. Ariana says:

    what is the age of Women’s Horlicks, Lite Horlicks and Horlicks Gold ? For gender?

  26. Ariana says:

    what is the age groups of Horlicks, Women’s Horlicks, Lite Horlicks,Horlicks Cardia+ and Horlicks Gold with all flavours? both men and women?

  27. Minu says:

    I am 20 weeks pregnant and have a great craving for the normal Horlicks malted one (not the mother horlicks) Is it fine to consume the normal classic Horlicks during pregnancy?

  28. neelam says:

    When I drink horlicks I feel full and puckish..why so??

  29. Manisha says:

    Hi i started horlicks few days back.and instead of getting energy. I feel too much sleepy all the time. Even once I sleep I don’t like to wake up my body asks for more rest. Is it a side effect should I stop that or continue?

  30. Renny says:

    On women’s horlicks it says it contains acesulfame potassium, and I looked it up and it seems like it could have really negative effects like that it could cause cancer and damage the brain. Should I continue to consume it?

  31. Manya says:

    Me and mom started taking women’s horlicks and both of have too much body pain been one week now..whenever we stop it we r fine but once we drink same day body become stiff n soo much muscles n bone pain. My mother is also BP patient and gastric too. Pls advice what is the reason should we stop taking that?

  32. kusumakter says:

    can it be taken by 20-25 years old girls ? Please i want information.

  33. Ariana says:

    I want to know, both men and women can drink it. what is the age group of Horlicks,Women’s Horlicks, Lite Horlicks Horlicks Gold and Cardia+ Horlicks?

  34. Reka says:

    I gave a spoon of women horlicks mixed in milk for my 4 year old child. Is it harmful

  35. Anwesha says:

    I’m 22 years old and I’m 9kgs under my weight. Will women’s horlicks help me to gain weight as well?

  36. priya says:

    i am 24 yrs old girl, can i drinks for horlicks lite?

  37. mary says:

    Hello! My brother age 33 yrs old and me 30 yrs old, can we take horlicks GOLD.. Want to know plz reply

  38. Anshul says:

    Pls let me know if it cause constipation my baby is 4yr old I tried pediasure but my baby has constipation problem by using pediasure

  39. Anshul says:

    I m asking for horlicks growth

  40. Dipesh K.Chaudhary says:

    I am Dipesh 34 years old. I have gastric problem, can i take Horlicks?

  41. Kirtika says:

    If I am trying to reduce weight, should I stop Horlicks. As Horlicks has malt and sugary stuff. Will it make me more fat as I have thyroid.

  42. Ruchi says:

    My father is Diabetic .can he take horlicks?

    • admin says:

      He shouldn’t use any supplement with sugar in it, as these contains a lot.

      Try sugar-free health supplements like Protinex Diabetes.

  43. dr. enamul hoque says:

    have any side effect for heart patient of wearing two ring in the coronary artery and with the history of brain strock.

  44. varathan says:

    my wife 9 week pregnant can she start mothers horlicks

  45. Amruta says:

    Hello Horlicks… This is Amruta Hegde. I am regular consumer of Horlicks. I like it so much. But the thing is Horlicks turns hard ,get solidified always.. It irritates lot. So why dont u produce small pouches of Horlicks like BRU coffee and Nescafe sunrise ?

  46. Swadesh says:

    I have pilles problem, can I take lite horlicks regularly.

    Plz confirm

  47. Sulthan says:

    Horlicks increases the body weight?

  48. rukhsana khatoon says:

    Is the women horlicks good for diabetic patients which are 60 years old ?

  49. hiron rabha says:

    Sir I am 23 years old. I want to know which one Horlicks is best for me. Plze reply sir

  50. hiron rabha says:

    Sir I am students 23 years old. I want to know which one Horlicks is best for me………please reply sir

  51. hiron says:

    I am 23 years old and students. So I want to know which one Horlicks is best for me. Should I drink Horlicks classic malt or Horlicks gold or Horlicks original. Please Please reply sir.

  52. Ananya prakash says:

    I am trying to reduce weight but i also cant stop drinking horlicks..butshould I stop drinking horlicks?is it anyway related to my weight gain??

  53. V.Adimurthy says:

    I am confused about the actual amount of calcium in 100 gms of Horlicks Biscuits. The printed nutrition facts on the pack say that 100 gms of Horlicks Biscuits contain 800mg calcium. It also says that it is equivalent to 54g of Horlicks classic Malt. But 54 gm Horlicks classic Malt DOES NOT HAVE 800mg calcium, or any thing near to it. 800 mg calcium is almost an adult’s daily requirement of calcium.
    Dear ADMIN can you please clarify this aspect.

    • admin says:

      Daily adult calcium requirement is 1500 mg on an average but how can you compare the contents of Horlicks Biscuits and Classic malt.

      Both have huge difference in contents.

  54. V.Adimurthy says:

    Many thanks for the response regarding my doubts on the calcium content in Horlicks Biscuits. I want to get confirmation that 100 gms of Horlicks Biscuits really have 800 mg calcium as the biscuit wrapper proclaims.
    I am also worried to note your clarification that the nutrition facts of Horlicks biscuits and Horlicks Classic malt CANNOT be compared! But the Horlicks Biscuit wrapper proclaims that 100 gms of biscuits is equal to 54gms of Horlicks Classic Malt. If this is NOT correct, then it is indeed wrong to print it on the wrapper, which unwitting persons like me may take to be true.
    Regarding adult calcium requirement, I have always read that it is on average 1000 mg per day.
    Dear ADMIN, can you kindly throw some light on these gray points.
    Many thanks

  55. Saurabh Singh says:

    Is Horlicks beneficial drink for Thyroid and Uric Acid patient??? And also how much dose is required in a day for both problem patient??

  56. Magna says:

    I’m 21 yes old, can i take women’s horlicks?

  57. Moazzam rajpoot says:

    I want to increase my height and increase the size of the body and also for weight so please suggest me what can i do ?

  58. keshab says:

    I have high BP. Can I take Horlicks

  59. ram says:

    What will happen if a boy drinks women’s horlicks?

  60. aanya says:

    I m 16 yrs old… so can I take women horlicks??

  61. Gazalah says:

    Your new product horlicks growth guarantees healthy weight gain. Does it have any side effects inspite of following the directed dosage of twice daily?

  62. Manali says:

    Does horlicks cause weight gain? Can a woman suffering from PCOD with increased weighttake horlicks women?

  63. Anusha says:

    Is it recommended for patient of bone fracture ?

  64. hema says:

    hi, daily i drink horlicks. may i know its increase my weight?

  65. Radhika says:

    I am 23 years old. Can i take women’s Horlicks?

  66. Laks says:

    hi, am 30 weeks pregnant and started using mothers Horlicks from past 2weeks. Now doctor said I have gestational diabetes. Can I continue having mothers Horlicks?

  67. PRIYANKA BORAH says:

    I am a 20 years 10 month old girl.I take women horlicks regularly.Is it harmful for me?plz you suggest which horlicks better for me…

  68. sandeep says:

    Is it weight loss or weight gain for lite horlicks?

  69. Vanessa M. says:

    Good days I bought already Horlicks Classic Malt, I read for recomended for 6-16 yrs i dint return to the market, doesnt problem any ages to drink it bec i have a niece 4 yrs and also to adults Thank you

  70. snehal says:

    can 28-year-old man drink women horlicks? is there any side effect to men by drinking women horlicks?

    • Pooja says:

      My mother’s age 35 above can we take her horlicks for protein calcium etc. I want to take her women’s horlicks for energy grwoth.
      It will work or not for her??????
      Pls reply must.

  71. shakira says:

    I m bteastfeeding my 4month baby can I have wens Horlicks in my diet..is it safe for my baby please suggest

  72. kc sarangi says:

    If Horlics contain amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) protein & is it not good for older people with joint pains?

  73. Chandra Sekhar gujarath says:

    18 gram of Horlicks enough to get daily vit d dosage?

  74. Bappi says:

    Does mother’s Horlicks contain Soya protein?

  75. Vishi says:

    Hi I am 37 and I started liking horlicks lite regular malt and badam flavour everyday morning and evening with hot milk. Is it fine? Since I have developed pain in my knee, I feel it may help me by providing the necessary calcium. Please suggest!

  76. Tarun says:

    Can men have women’s horl7cks

  77. Jeshan says:

    Is there any problem if boys 20-25 take women’s horlics?

  78. Mohamed says:

    I am a male.And my age is 21 which horlicks I can take it

  79. yogesh says:

    Iam a heart patient I have done my anjioplastic just before an week can I take horlicks is it OK?

  80. Suraj says:

    My mom have a kidney stone can you please send me the site for her please.Thank you

  81. Jayashri govindarajan says:

    I’m 16 week and 4 days pregnant..I’m having vomiting after taking mothers horlivks, what can I do?

  82. Softy says:

    Will having mother horlicks in 2nd trimester increase my weight?

  83. sunita says:

    my bp is low always can i take a women horlicks is it good

  84. Ashwini says:

    i am 24 yrs old girl, can i drink for horlicks to increase my height and increase the size of the body and also for weight so please suggest me what can i do ? Tell me I am drink Horlicks

  85. majid says:

    horlicks increases my heart beat rate and it was first time in my life i was very upset and feared during this condition and considering like its going to happen heart attack….i laid down on bed for several hours to get my heart beat normal….please please take advice first from your doctor….

  86. Sucharita says:

    Can i take horlicks lite at the time of conception, i mean early pregnancy?

  87. Ann says:

    I have 3 table spoons of chocolate womens Horlicks in hot water every morning with my breakfast for the past 3 years. I dint get hungry till noon. If I don’t take it I get weak and shivers due to hunger.
    Now I have high alkaline phosphate and moderately high sodium. I am on medication for cholesterol. I am 35 yr old working women. Please let me know if Horlicks caused this blood condition.

  88. krishna says:

    can i drink it with only water without adding sugar and milk?

  89. binte sohail says:

    I’m 23 years old lady and my height is not good even not 5ft can horlick benefit for my height??

  90. Jennifer says:

    I asked my dad to buy women’s horlicks for me…but he misheard and brought mother’s horlicks because i have a baby too who is almost eighteen months. Can I take it? will my baby still benefit from it?

  91. prafulla says:

    my son is 3 year old baby.He is having constipation problem.Is Horlicks good for constipation in babies.Rarely we get junior horlicks in SHARJAH market,can I give horlicks original.

  92. Aniket Singh says:

    For which age group HORLICKS LITE should be given ? Is safe over 40-50 year old women or men ?

  93. prathi says:

    I’m 29weeks pregnant can I take normal Horlhorlicks?

  94. Ree says:

    Can a 23 year old girl take women’s Horlicks ?? Or anything else recommended?

  95. div says:

    can i eat raw horlicks since i dont like to drink it with milk. because im allergic to milk

  96. Mahi says:

    Hello Admin,

    Don’t you know is it good for men or not? u didn’t reply to any of above men related questions..

  97. Ayesha Saad says:

    can horlicks classic malt be given to 3 years old

  98. buvaneswari says:

    from which age women horlicks be consumed, and what are their benifits?

  99. Kaibalya bisoyee says:

    A paralysis patient can drink horlicks

  100. Sunny Das says:

    Can a patient with higher blood pressure consume horlicks?

  101. lydia says:

    im 17 yr old. I don’t have diabetes, can I take Horlicks lite

  102. Shabeer says:

    If we drink horlicks we grow faster

  103. M. RAGHU RAM says:

    what about the Emulsifiers and preservatives?
    From which source they are extracted from?
    Are they suitable for vegetarians?

  104. sumeet says:

    can Horlicks increase our height

  105. JOTHI says:

    Is it good to have women’s horlicks for a breastfeeding mom? Or Breastfeeding moms should have mother’s horlicks alone ? please suggest

  106. Sneha says:

    I am 29 weeks pregnant and have been drinking normal malted horlicks and not the one made for pregnant women. Is it safe to drink normal malted version during pregnancy? Please respond.

  107. S.R. Rathinakumar says:

    Is Horlicks can consume by Rheumatoid Arthrities patient? Whether it will strengthen the muscles?

  108. Tnajina says:

    if the girls of 20 years take women’ s horlicks,any problem will face?

  109. geethu says:

    Hi am 27 year old mother of twins…and i hav vit D deficiency..can i take dis mothers horlicks wid milk? will it improve my joints pain?

  110. muniandy says:

    Can diabetes and blood pressure drink horlicks.Is it good for stomach problem?

  111. muniandy says:

    Can diabetes and blood pressure drink horlicks.Is it good for stomach problem?

  112. Riya says:

    Does horlicks contain caffiene?

  113. Anand says:

    Side effect horlick is given to 7 Month child

  114. Anand says:

    Side effect of horlick if given to 7 Month child

  115. ferdaus azam says:

    can any body take junior horlicks over 10 years?

  116. parmod saini says:

    hi i do swimming please suggest me is it helpful for muscle and for my workout .

  117. Seetha Sridhar says:

    Can a typhoid patient drink horlicks?

  118. Arshi says:

    I m a breast feeding mother can I take hoke HORLICKS instead of MOTHER’S HORLICKS to increase breast milk will it work

  119. jalil says:

    hey can i drink horlicks after workout?
    which is better horlicks,bourne vita or complan?

  120. Joy says:

    Is normal horlicks good to consume during pregnancy

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