Benefits of Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Benefits of Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry or amla (Emblica Officinalis) is a powerhouse of nutrients. It is glossy green spherical fruit. It has a distinct astringent taste. It widely grows in the tropical areas of India. It is a rich source of many essential minerals and vitamins which are integral to our body’s well-being. These nutrients are vital to preventing and managing some of the most common deficiencies and diseases. It is one of the oldest medicines mentioned and widely used in Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine. It helps in the treatment of diarrhea, jaundice, and inflammation. It also increases immunity against diseases and is known for centuries for its numerous healthful properties.

Benefits of Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Benefits of Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Nutritional Facts of Amla

Amla is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is a natural antioxidant. It is rich in various phytochemicals like- alkaloids, flavonoids and tannins, metabolism and prevents viral and bacterial ailments, including cold and cough. It contains folic acid, minerals like magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium and carotene. It is low in calories,100 grams of fruits provides only 44 calories of energy. Various researches have confirmed the antioxidant properties of amla. It helps in removing excessive salivation, prevents ulcers and development of cancer cells.
According to Ayurveda, Amla helps in bringing equilibrium all three doshas – Vata, kapha, pitta. Amla also protects the body against the harmful effects of free radicals. It helps in slowing down the aging process.

Following are Some Health Benefits of Amla

Antioxidant and Cardioprotective

Amla is rich in tannoid, flavanoid and nitric oxide scavenging molecules. It offers protection against oxidative stress. Amla helps in maintain and reducing cholesterol levels in the body. Amino acids and antioxidants aid in the functioning of the heart.

Antioxidant and Cardioprotective

Antioxidant and Cardioprotective

It also inhibits atherosclerosis of blood vessels. According to a study published (International Journal of Pharmaceutics), Amla is a potent natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. It increases white blood cells in the body and protects the body from various infections.

Controls Diabetes

Amla is rich in chromium, this is known for stimulating insulin sensitivity of the cells. It helps in managing the blood sugar level in the body. chromium is also believed to enhance healthy heart, it facilitates the effect of beta-blockers. It reduces the levels of LDL.

Source of Vitamin C

Amla is one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin C, also this form of the vitamin is easily assimilated by the body. Likewise, the vitamin C present in amla is bonded with tannins, providing it protects against heat and light.

Enhances Digestion

Amla strengthens digestion, it also helps in absorption and assimilation of important nutrients from food. It facilitates absorption of iron, it calms hyperacidity and balances acids in the stomach. Ayurveda promotes regular use of amla because alkaline nature of amla helps in clearing the system from toxins. It also promotes the strengthening of the digestive system. High fiber in amla adds bulk to the stool promoting proper bowel movements.

Strengthens Urinary System

Amla is extremely supportive of the urinary system, it helps in alleviating the burning sensation caused because of urinary tract infection. It also supports the natural diuretic function.

Maintains Skin Health

Amla strengthens the liver, it helps in detoxification and protects the liver from oxidative damage. It alleviates the damage caused by oxidative stress and restores the antioxidant levels in the body. It moisturizes the skin and supports cleansing of skin from various toxins and free radicals.

Maintains Skin Health

Maintains Skin Health

Amla also protects the skin against the damaging effects of Ultraviolet radiations. It also promotes luster and glows in the skin. Apply Amla juice on your face, it helps in oxidizing melanin and closes open pores of the skin. Use amla juice to fight marks, pigmentation, and blemishes of skin.

Promotes Healthy Hair

Amla aids in the absorption of calcium, creating healthier hair and nails. It retards premature thinning and graying of hair, likewise, it also strengthens the hair follicles. Our hair is majorly made up of proteins, amino acids present in amla helps in strengthening the shaft and the hair roots.

Promotes Healthy Hair

Promotes Healthy Hair

Respiratory Disorder

Amla is often recommended as an effective home remedy for a cough and flu. Research also suggests potential benefits of amla in treating asthma and bronchitis. Two teaspoons of amla juice with equal portions of honey can help in treating cold and cough.

Mouth Ulcers

A decoction of the leaves is believed to alleviate pain associated with mouth ulcers. It is natural chemical free bactericidal and can be used as a mouthwash. You can also, Mix amla juice in water and gargle with it to get rid of mouth ulcers.

Relieves Dysentery and Diarrhea

An infusion of leaves and fenugreek seed is helpful in treating chronic diarrhea. Amla has laxative properties, it provides relief from various gastric problems. It helps in flushing out various toxins. Always consult your doctor if you suffer from dysentery.

Scurvy

Amla is rich in Vitamin C, it is one of the best remedies to treat scurvy.
You can consume amla in many forms like, as fresh fruit, or as juice. Amla can also be dried n consumed in powdered form.

Dr. Reena Prajapath

Dr Reena Prajapat is a dentist, she post graduated in hospital management from Apollo Institute of hospital Administration, Hyderabad. Her strong belief in natural and home remedies lead her to Pursue bachelor in naturopathy.

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