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.

114 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

  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. neelam says:

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

  26. 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?

  27. 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?

  28. 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?

  29. kusumakter says:

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

  30. Reka says:

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

  31. mary says:

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

  32. Dipesh K.Chaudhary says:

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. varathan says:

    my wife 9 week pregnant can she start mothers horlicks

  37. 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 ?

  38. Swadesh says:

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

    Plz confirm

  39. Sulthan says:

    Horlicks increases the body weight?

  40. rukhsana khatoon says:

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

  41. hiron rabha says:

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

  42. hiron rabha says:

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

  43. 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.

  44. 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??

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. 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??

  48. Magna says:

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

  49. 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 ?

  50. keshab says:

    I have high BP. Can I take Horlicks

  51. ram says:

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

  52. aanya says:

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

  53. 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?

  54. sandeep says:

    Is it weight loss or weight gain for lite horlicks?

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