SunstarTV Bureau: Indian gooseberry or widely known Amla. It is considered as a nutritional powerhouse. The edible fruit is consumed in both fresh and dried forms and it is also an important component of many Ayurvedic herbal formulations.
It is used to add nutrition to a lot of traditional preparations and its juice is also consumed for its various wonderful health benefits.
Amla Nutrition: Facts and Benefits
Amla is famously known for its high concentration of ascorbic acid or Vitamin C, which is important for maintaining the health of the immune system and also stimulating collagen production in the body.
A 100 grams serving of amla contains 41.6 mg of vitamin C (as per data by the United States Department of Agriculture). The plant compounds or polyphenols and flavonoids present in amla are also said to help fight inflammation.
Apart from that, amla is rich in a number of important vitamins and minerals that are required by the body. The berry is said to bring with it benefits for the skin and hair, as well as regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol levels
It helps fight the common cold
The vitamin C in amla is absorbed more easily by the body compared to store-bought supplements. Mix two teaspoons of amla powder with two teaspoons of honey and have it three to four times a day for instant relief when you have a cold or a cough or consume once daily for permanent protection.
Amla beautifies hair
Amla, is a proven best tonic for hair. It slows down graying, prevents dandruff, strengthens hair follicles, and increases blood circulation to the scalp and improving hair growth.
Amla also acts as a natural conditioner giving you soft shimmering look. You could apply amla oil or mix amla powder into henna for a hair pack.
Amla is a potent remedy for preventing and treating cancer. The high antioxidant content helps in flushing out the free radicals, which cause cell damage leading to cancer.
Amla is rich in the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which prevents the growth of cancer cells by breaking down the harmful oxygen molecules in the cells. Amla also contains radiomodulatory, chemomodulatory, chemopreventive properties that reduce the harmful effects of radiation, chemotherapy, and other anti-cancer drugs. Thus, Amla is not only a reliable cancer remedy but is very useful in managing cancer treatment.
Alma is a very effective remedy for purifying blood. The antioxidants and polyphenols present in amla help in eliminating toxins and impurities from the body and purifying the blood of various impurities effectively. It is also found to improve the count of the red blood cells in the body.