One day I heard a commotion coming out of my refrigerator, When I opened it to see what was happening, I saw there was an argument among fruits. Orange was saying I am rich in vitamin C, I am the best fruit. Apple was saying I am rich in vitamin A, I am the best fruit. Papaya said I am rich in fibres, that makes me the best fruit. While all the fruits were arguing, I saw Amla (Indian gooseberry) puzzled at one corner of the refrigerator. I asked it, don’t you have anything to say? To that Amla replied, I do have a lot to say, But I don’t know from where should I start.
Obviously, there wasn’t any such fight, but even if there was one, Amla can beat most of the fruits in terms of nutrients.
Today we shall discuss the benefits of Amla, its various ways of usage and what are the disadvantages it has(if any). So, read on.
Benefits of having Amla daily
Amla or Indian gooseberry has several benefits like, it is rich in Vitamin A and C. It is a great source of carbohydrates, iron, carotene and fibres(and so much more).
But, You will be surprised more, by knowing what Amla do to our body. The List is like this:
You may already know that Amla is good for hair. It promotes hair follicle cells that prevent hair fall.
It is good for digestion due to the high amount of fibres. It relieves digestive ailments like stomach cramps, diarrhoea, constipation etc.
It increases immunity as it is rich in vitamin C.
Amla is one of the richest source of vitamin C & contains 600-700 mg of vitamin C in single Amla.
It detoxifies the body, purifies the blood, increases RBC counts, which helps us in getting clean and glowy skin. Amla also increases haemoglobin.
It has been found that Amla can relieve stress, As it keeps the walls of capillaries flexible. One of the first signs of stress is constriction of capillaries & blood vessels.
Amla cures leucorrhoea, which is a condition in women where they experience whitish and yellowish discharge from the vagina during puberty.
Amla promotes a healthy heart by decreasing cholesterol and keeping the blood pressure in control.
In one study it was found that consuming 500 mg of Amla extract twice daily for 12 weeks reduced bad cholesterol in 98 people with abnormal blood lipid levels.
Antioxidants in Amla can improve metabolism, which is related to weight loss.
Amla is good for the urinary system and also provides relief from respiratory diseases.
Amla also strengthens semen.
Usage- How and When
This sour green fruit is available mostly in winters, but you can also find some varients of amla in the market from August itself. You can consume it raw(if you can bear its sour taste) or you can even make murabba out of it, which is what I am having these days.
Amla doesn’t lose nutrient qualities when dried. You can find Amla candies in the market. Here are some useful links :
You can also get Amla in powder form or you can buy Amla juice when Amla are not in the season. Amla is also available in the tablet form. You can purchase Amla products directly from here :
You can even make Amla achar(pickle) or murabba(as I’ve mentioned above). You can also find Amla chyawanprash in the market, which is another great option. There are also Gooseberry wine available in market.
You can have 1 Amla daily as it will give you all the benefits that I have mentioned. Or you can try it in these ways:
Take Amla powder at night with Ghee(clarified butter), honey or water. On an empty stomach, you can eat Fresh murabba daily to get biliary relief.
You can even use murabba on cuts for instant relief.
You can even make your own eye drops by boiling 20-25 gms of Amla in half litres of water for 2 hours. Filter it and use it when cooled.
Amla juice and Jaiphal(nutmeg) powder is great for stress relief.
Surprisingly fluid from Amla tree branches (when cut) is good for dark circles.
Records tell us Amla has been used in remedies for at least 1000 years
Are there any disadvantages from having Amla daily?
Well, It will be wrong if I speak only the positive side and conceal the disadvantages. Few side effects of Amla are:
- May increase the risk of bleeding.
- May also decrease blood sugar levels.
- Amla should be avoided during coughing or Kapha problems (we shall discuss this topic in future).
- Amla can trigger acidity in a sensitive stomach.
- Can lead to skin dryness.
- No reliable info on if Amla is safe for pregnant and breast feeding women.
Caution: It is been suggested to consult a doctor or nutritionist before starting Amla.
So, these were some advantages, usage and disadvantages of Amla. Let me know in the comment section if you consume Amla (or its any source) regularly.
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Until next time, stay healthy and remember to smile.