Amla also known as Indian Gooseberry, is a rich source of vital nutrients. It has been a common ingredient in the ancient Indian medicinal practice of Ayurveda. It’s a potent source of Vitamin C and also contains iron and calcium.
Amla has 8 times more Vitamin C than an orange has. Twice the antioxidant power of acai berry or blue berry and around 17 times that of a pomegranate.
Amla derives its name from the Sanskrit word ‘Amlaki’ which literally “nectar of life”, because it is used to cure countless ailments, like common cold, cancer, infertility etc. Ayurveda doctors claim that amla can help balance the three doshas (Kapha/Vata/Pitta) in the body and eliminate the underlying cause of many diseases.
Benefits of Amla –
- Slows Down Ageing
- Reduces The Risk Of Cancer
- Fights Against Heart Disease
- Reduces Blood Sugar
- Boosts Immunity
- Prevents Ulcers
- Improves Eyesight
- Purifies Blood
- Cools The Body
- Protects Your Liver
- Cure Common cold
1. Slows Down Ageing –
Amla is full of antioxidants that are effective in reducing cell damage (1). It reduces the effects of free radicals (which are responsible for damaging protein, DNA, and cell membranes) and thus effectively combats the aging process.
You can drink amla juice with honey every morning to achieve blemish-free, healthy and glowing skin.
2. Reduces Risk Of Cancer –
Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica) extracts have been demonstrated to have potent tumor repressive properties against a number of cancer types. Because Amla is rich in antioxidants, it has various medical applications. Superoxide dismutase, which fights free radicals and reduces cell damage, acts as a potent tool in the prevention of cancer (2).
3. Fight Against Heart Diseases
Amla checks the build up of bad cholesterol thus effectively control the major heart diseases which is mainly caused due to high cholesterol level in blood. Amla also reduces the risk of heart attack. It reduces clogging in the arteries by boosting good cholesterol or HDL (3). Studies have also shown amla prevent the thickening of blood vessel walls, thus checks the first sign of heart disease.
4. Reduces Blood Sugar
Amla is an effective traditional remedy to prevent pancreatitis. Amla also contains chromium, a mineral that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and may make the body more responsive to insulin, helping to keep blood sugar at healthy levels. It also assists the body in the proper absorption of insulin, thus reducing blood sugar levels. (4)
5. Boosts Immunity
Amla is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, and contains tannins (5). Tannins, when combined with polyphenols, makes the fruit a free radical scavenger. What this means is, it reduces the damage free radicals cause to the cells and thus improves your body’s disease fighting ability.
6. Prevents Ulcers
Due to its antibacterial properties, Amla is a great way of preventing ulcers (6). They reduce the acidity level in the body and thus avoid the formation of ulcers. Additionally, mouth ulcers can be caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. As Indian gooseberries are rich in vitamin C, they can provide relief from ulcers.
7. Improves Eyesight
Amla or Indian Gooseberry is rich in vitamin C which makes your eyesight better and helps you to stay away from vision problem for a quite long time. So, you can eat one single amla everyday and it can make your eyes better. If you have kids then make them eat one half amla everyday.
8. Purifies Blood
In a research amla has been shown as, “hypolipidemic agents”.(7) Amla juice is the best natural blood purifier which kills the toxins mixed with blood. This drink not only purifies blood but it also increases the haemoglobin and red blood cell counts.
9. Cools The Body
This green and extremely sour tasting fruit works as an excellent coolant in summer. Therefore, eating a raw Amla in the summer season keeps the body cool, protecting it from ‘Loo’ or hot winds that sweep across entire North, East and Central India.
10. Protects Your Liver
Studies have shown that regular consumption of Amla can ward off the ill effects that alcohol has on your liver (14). It also prevents the oxidative damage that is usually caused by them.
11. Cure Common cold
According to experts, amla juice can be taken as a powerful home remedy to treat cough and flu as well as mouth ulcers. Two teaspoon of amla juice with equal portions of honey consumed everyday can help a great deal in treating cold and cough. Mix a couple of teaspoons in water and gargle with it twice a day to get rid of mouth ulcers.