Amla or Indian gooseberry is frequently found in Ayurvedic preparations due to its multiple health benefits.
It is one of the best sources of Vitamin C known to man. One small Amla is believed to have more vitamin C than 2 oranges. It is packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and anti-microbial properties.
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We Indians have always found ways to include Amla in our diet.
We consume it in various forms like pickles, amla water, amla juice, dry preserves and various ayurvedic preparations like chyawanprash.
Raw amla’s sour taste can be very difficult to handle if you are not accustomed to its taste. Remember how we ate amla with salt when we were little kids growing up in India :mrgreen: Yum! Take a small bite, dip the raw amla in salt and take another bite. As we chew, tasty Amla juice flows out. Water tastes sweet after we eat amla. This is believed to be the result of the interaction of the gallic acid contained in Amla with the some of the taste receptors in our tongues.
So here are some of the health and beauty benefits of amla.
Health and beauty benefits of Amla
Amla helps cure Anemic
Anemia is caused by a deficiency of Iron. Vitamin C is important for absorption of Iron in our body. Amla helps cure Anemic as it is rich in vitamin C.
Even if we consume iron rich food, Iron that is not properly absorbed is simply eliminated from our body. Regular consumption of vitamin C rich Amla, enables our body to absorb and utilize iron.
The common advice given to anemic patients is that they have to increase their consumption of red meat. This is not possible for vegetarians, vegans and those with high cholesterol because red meat is high in cholesterol. For them, amla is a blessing given by nature.
There was a time when I had chronic anemia and I had to consume spinach often to slowly increase my blood count. Now I include foods rich in vitamin C and my anemia is under control.
Amla arrests hair fall and helps hair grow
Amla not only helps with hair growth, it also helps with premature graying (called pitha narai in Tamil). Regular consumption of Amla will not only arrest hair fall but it also helps hair grow back stronger. Those with dry brittle dull hair can include amla in their diet regularly.
There was a time when Typhoid was more common in India and hair loss was one of the side effect of Typhoid. Amla helped people grow back their hair to normal levels. If your hair is dull and has lost its dark black color, include amla in your hair packs. Hair turns coppery brown due to vitamin and mineral deficiency. Amla and Curry leaves are great for turning hair jet black again.
Amla juice / dry amla powder is regularly added to Indian hair packs. Amla infused hair oil is used to massage the scalp.
Recipe for homemade amla infused hair oil
- Cut / shred amla into small pieces.
- Mildly heat oil (coconut oil or a mixture of coconut and sesame oil) in medium flame.
- Add the amla pieces into it till they become slightly brown.
- Leave it aside overnight.
- Filter and massage scalp with this oil regularly.
Amla promotes healthy vision
Amla helps with tissue regeneration and promotes healthy capillaries in our eyes. This helps improve our eye sight and prevents vision problems.
Dilute a teaspoon of amla juice with water and add some honey. Drink it every morning to strengthen your vision.
Amla aids in Diabetes management
Amla is rich in anti oxidants and helps the body heal. It helps regulate glucose metabolism. Amla powder is available in shops selling traditional Indian medicines. A teaspoon of amla powder mixed with a glass of water when consumed first thing in the morning will help us manage diabetes and its complications.
Amla slows down aging and boosts immunity
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals. This prevents wrinkles and fine lines in our skin. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production which helps skin retain elasticity and youthfulness.
Amla juice can also be added to face packs.
Ladies, if you want to maintain a youthful and wrinkle free skin, amla is your friend :mrgreen:
Oral health and Amla
Vitamin C is necessary for healthy gums. Amla also helps cure bad breath.
In addition to the above-mentioned uses, amla also strengthens kidneys and liver.
Vitamin C gets destroyed during cooking. Consuming raw Amla will benefit us more than cooking it.
Everything in moderation is good. So do not consume amla in large quantities. One per day is more than enough.