Health benefits of AmlaEver wonder why almost all Ayurvedic preparations contain amla? Or why it is suggested that everyone should have one piece of amla on a daily basis? Well studies have shown that amla or the Indian gooseberry is packed with nutrients and can actually help you live a longer healthier life.  

One of the most important fruits in Ayurveda, the fruit grows well in a warm climate. It is known to be a rich source of Vitamin C. So much so, that one small amla has as much Vitamin C as 2 medium oranges. Packed with compounds like polyphenols, minerals like Iron and zinc and vitamins like Carotenes and Vitamin B complex, amla can definitely keep a number of diseases at bay. Here are a few benefits of this amazing fruit:  

Acts as an antioxidant:  Rich in Vitamin C and polyphenolsamla is a great source of antioxidants. Research has shown that it has a high content of tannins, which when combined with polyphenols gives the fruit a unique free radical scavenging property. This unique asset helps reduce the damage caused by free radicals on the body.

Protects your heart:  Amla is known to reduce cholesterol, and keep heart disease under check. Rich in fibre and iron, it is very effective in controlling the oxidation of LDL (Low density lipoprotein). Oxidation of LDL releases free radicals which are known to cause coronary artery disease, therefore stopping this oxidation is essential for preventing heart disease. Amla also helps to maintain cholesterol levels by inhibiting the oxidative properties of a chemical called thiobarbituric acid (TBA) that induces LDL oxidationAnother benefit of this wonder fruit is that it prevents arthrosclerosis (accumulation of plaque in the arteries) thereby protecting you from heart disease.

Controls diabetes and its complications: Research studies show that the polyphenol- rich fruit actually has properties that can protect the body from the oxidative properties of high blood sugar. The same compound is also effective in preventing the insulin resistance caused due to a high fructose diet. What this means is that the fruit can actually assist in the proper absorption of insulin leading to a drop in blood sugar in diabetics. Read more about natural ways to control diabetes.

Reverses the ageing process: The extract of amla is rich in Vitamin A. This vitamin is essential in collagen production, a compound that keeps the skin looking young and elastic. Amla when consumed on an empty stomach has properties that slow down the degradation of collagen and helps the body produce more. Here are more articles on healthy ageing. 

Improves your sex life: In a recent study, it was found that the iron content in amla has sperm enhancing properties. Ayurvedic practitioners suggest, drinking amla juice once a day helps increase the virility as well as sexual vigour. Amla has also proven to increase the motility of sperm and increase sperm production in men suffering from Oligospermia (a condition where a man has a low sperm count). Here are some exercises that can help you to improve your sex life. Incorporate these lifestyle changes for a better sex life.

Protects you from cancer: Packed with antioxidant properties, amla has the potential to keep cancer at bay. Research into this particular property of the fruit, has found that it had the potential to prevent cancer by helping the body fight the harmful effects of chemicals that are carcinogenic. It also helps to inhibit the further growth of cancer affected cells. Apart from this, Amla extract can reduce the harmful effects of radiation and chemotherapy without reducing their beneficial effects as an anti cancer treatment. Here are food habits that can prevent cancer.

Gastric problems: The fiber, polyphenol and water content of amla combined with its anti inflammatory properties make it a great antidote for an upset stomach. Having one teaspoon of amla juice on an empty stomach can take care of acidity and resolve a stomach upset. Try these home remedies for acidity.

Soothes the throat: Amla juice mixed with some ginger provides instant relief from a sore throat and cough. Here are some tips to treat sore throat.

Protects your liver: Studies have proved that amla has properties that protect the liver from oxidative damage caused by chemicals or alcohol. So after a long night of partying, have a piece of amla first thing in the morning, to get rid of that hangover and keep your liver safe. Try these natural remedies to keep your liver healthy.

Being indigenous to India, amla is a real boon to the world of natural medicine. Amla powder is brown in colour and so is the juice. If you do plan to purchase either amla powder or juice, make sure you buy it from a trusted source. Adulterations could be dangerous.

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  • Sneha Falcon

    Amla is used with various health concerns so you can use and get following benefits and advantages of Amla.

    Helpful to alleviate cough and asthma

    Rejuvenate mind.

    Strengthen heart and lungs.

    Lowers bad cholesterol

    Prevents dandruffs

    Improves eye sight

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  • B.Gangaraju

    We are taught the benefits of consuming preparations of Amla early in our boyhood. Amla is pickled and stored. It is said that content of Vit.C increases with time of storage. Atleast 3 to 4 times in a week we take a chutney of this amla pickle with rice and ghee before we start eating other items.

  • Avish Gabba

    If we mix amla with tulsi , it is even more beneficial . it will give you energy . Knesta provide you with the energy booster Amla Panch Tulsi. just try it once you will feel active.

  • nizamuddin

    thank you god you made amla

  • Bharat Gupta

    The dried Indian Gooseberry (embilica oficinalis), i.e., AMLA, is considered the most nutritionally dense fruit, known to man. It is one of the most important ingredients of ayurvedic medicines. It is known to be very useful for liver and gastric problems besides being igredient of hair care products.

  • m a suterwala

    is amla also good for curing osteosrthisis and knee jt pains n how much should be taken at what time and quantity to be taken

  • seenu

    thanks to the god ,who made amla for humanbeings tobo healthy,thanks for people who have studied these things and put in net.

  • rajesh lad

    very good information

  • Neel

    In week in health me weight is decreasing very fast i got ill soon…i want a healthy body and healthy stomach..please help mee..

    • AllanC

      It seems you need to detox.
      First the colon, then the liver.
      Judy Seeger ( ) is a detox expert.
      Maybe your body is too weak to detox direct.
      In this case the liver can be helped with Dandelion root tea.
      Watch your diet

  • Donjuan Anthonylazarus

    I was really amazing and very glad reading the multiple benefits of the Amla fruit gooseberry. Thank god for he has given us, such wonderful natural fruits, herbs and plant’ which can cure all most many diseases. Thank u nature thank u God.