Ayurvedic texts Sushruta Samhita and Charaka Samhita are full of praise for this superfood i.e. Amla or Indian Gooseberry. The immense health benefits this small citrus fruit Amla offers is unmatched. Anti-aging property of Amla is the most important quality of the fruit.
Apart from that, it also pacifies all the three Doshas (Impurities according to Ayurveda) i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. According to Ayurveda, vitiation of three Doshas is the major reason for any disease in the body.
Amla is a rich source of Vitamin C. 100 gms of Amla pulp contain 600 mg of Vitamin C. Nearly 20 times that is of Orange. Amla also contains a chemical substance which prevents oxidation of the Vitamin. Therefore Amla remains a rich source of Vitamin C in fresh as well as dry version.
Amla is used in various Ayurvedic medicines. It is one of the three ingredients of Triphala, one of the important Ayurveda preparations for treating various diseases.
Now coming to the benefits of Amla and its preparations:
- Amla is the rich source of antioxidants, thus prevents the body from free radicals, reduces cell damage, prevent aging, cancer and other diseases.
- Prevents hair fall.
- Good for the skin.
- Improves immune system
- Slows the aging process.
- The extracts of Amla help in slowing down the activity of osteoclasts (a cell type which breaks down the bone).
- It works as a natural Exfoliate (shed from the surface) and skin brightening mask as it removes dead cells, wrinkles and soothes the skin because of its astringent properties.
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- Amla reduces inflammation and acidity.
- The alkaline nature of Amla helps in clearing the system and strengthening the digestive system.
- It supports liver function and flushes out toxins from the body.
- Regular consumption of Amla juice helps in reducing cholesterol Amino acids and antioxidants aid in the overall functioning of the heart.
- Amla helps in preventing the accumulation of plaques in the arteries means atherosclerosis thus protects heart diseases.
- It also keeps the urinary system healthy and helps in flushing out more toxins without over-stimulating the kidney.
- Amla is rich in polyphenol thus controls diabetes and complications of diabetes. It assists in good insulin absorption, which leads to reduced blood sugar.
Other Health Benefits:
- It boosts the protein metabolism and helps in losing weight faster.
- It helps in curing the diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis and pancreatitis and age-related renal diseases.
- Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces the joints (like knees) pain and swelling of the person with arthritis.
The list is much longer. There are some more benefits of Amla when consumed with some other Ayurveda combination.
Whatever may be your form and choice of eating Amla, don’t ignore Amla. Make sure to eat Amla throughout the year in one or the other form to remain healthy. With so many health benefits, Amla is considered auspicious.
October to December is the season for Amla. We are in the midst of the season. Make the most out of the remaining days. Nature has provided us with many gems, Amla is one of them.
- Fruits by National Institute of Nutrition
- Nighantu, Ayurveda Texts