Amla or The Indian Gooseberry, takes me back to my childhood. Where I lived in India, we had an Amla (Gooseberry) tree in my backyard and I would climb the tree and pick the fruit, wash it and eat it without even knowing that it is a superfood loaded with health benefits!
This superfood is rich in Vitamin C, calcium, iron and has healing compounds of Vitamin B complex. Gooseberries have antioxidant agents which is the reason why they are used in many home remedies like hair fall and glowing skin.
Let us share with you the promising health benefits of the superfood Amla and ways to consume Amla.
Say Goodbye to those wrinkles!According to a study done in India by AP Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Board, Amla has 8 times more Vitamin C than an orange and twice the antioxidant power of acai berry, also 17 times that of a pomegranate (1). It is also known as the “nectar of life” and is the best anti-aging fruit. It reduces wrinkles and fine lines and promotes glowing skin. Drinking Amla juice with honey every morning helps with blemish-free skin.
Stops Anti-AgingWho likes to look 10 years older than their age? Indian Gooseberry is a powerful anti-aging fruit. Due to its high and powerful dose of Vitamin C, Amla fruit is bonded with tannins, which protects it from being destroyed by heat or light, meaning it stays effective for longer. The antioxidants (protects cells against damage of free radicals) help reduce signs of premature ageing which leads to tightening up the skin resulting in a clear, healthy and glowing look. In 2008, a Japanese study found that Amla fruit extract helped stimulate pro-collagen (a precursor to collagen in the skin) when applied to the skin.(2) Another study found that it protected the skin against collagen damage when exposed to UV rays.(3) Basically, it’s an anti-aging superstar!
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Protection against Ailments
Doctors claim that this superfruit can help balance the mental and physical well-being in the body and eliminate the underlying causes of many diseases like cancer and diabetes. Amla also increases memory, and cognitive ability (according to a study done in 2016) because of the gooseberry extracts that decrease the level of an enzyme associated with Alzheimer's disease. (4)
Diabetes and Cancer - Amla stimulates the cells and secrete insulin which helps control the sugar in your body and helps to keep your body healthy and balanced. (5) Diabetes, high cholesterol, heart diseases, asthma, and cancer have become common conditions that impact a large number of people in today’s times. The good thing is there are many medicinal uses of Amla and all these chronic health conditions can be managed by consuming this superfood. Cancer is caused by oxidative damage that is when body cells use oxygen, they leave a harmful by-product which is called radicals behind. Amla helps in preventing and repairing this damage. The amino acids and antioxidants aid in the overall functioning of the heart. Chromium in Amla helps the body to be more responsive to insulin and also regulates the blood sugar level, making it excellent for diabetics.
Eyesight - The whole world has shifted to using their gadgets more than we used to before the pandemic. This in turn damages our eyesight eventually if not immediately. Drinking Gooseberry juice can help you improve near-sightedness and cataract while reducing intraocular tension. (6)Diarrhoea and Dysentery - Amla has strong cooling properties and acts as a laxative if consumed in high doses. It helps reduce the contraction of the smooth muscles in the gastrointestinal tract when consumed. The recommended dosage by experts is 3-4 teaspoons of Amla juice in a day as excess consumption can lead to an upset stomach and worsen the diarrhoea and dysentery.
Build your ImmunityAmla is an amazing immunity builder and not just this but also boosts metabolism due to its high content of Vitamin C. Amla powder benefits the body during viral and bacterial infections. It also aids in the removal of sputum from the respiratory tract and can soothe the inflamed airways. Therefore, Amla is used to provide relief from bronchitis, cough, and other respiratory illnesses.
Your Brain needs Amla!During the pandemic, we have seen a surge in mental health cases around the world! Regular consumption of amla improves cognitive function, increasing concentration and memory. According to research, Amla improves nerve health by facilitating proper flow of blood and regular consumption of amla improves cognitive function, increasing concentration and memory. It also protects the nerve cells from free radical damage, preventing certain brain related diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's. The high amount of iron in amla facilitates oxygen transportation thereby preventing brain degeneration.>
Why are we stressing so much on Vitamin C?Vitamin C is responsible for growth, development and repair of tissues in our body. It helps to protect cells and keep them healthy; maintaining healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage; helping with wound healing. Even during Covid-19, if you are infected or would like to prevent yourself from getting infected, Vitamin C is your go to! I personally, drink Vitamin C everyday (one soluble) tablet and trust me not only has it increased my immunity, it has improved my skin and I feel rejuvenated.
Improving your physical, mental and spiritual health naturally is extremely important with so much stress, diseases and illnesses happening in the world. Natural substances are not as damaging to our well-being compared to artificial substances. So, take your Vitamins and feed your mind and body with all the natural resources it needs. It's never too late but it is important you start now.
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- Reference: https://bioinfopublication.org/files/articles/3_2_27_JP.pdf