The Amla berry, native to India, is a highly-revered fruit that has a long history of use in Ayurvedic Medicine as a rejuvenating health tonic. Commonly known as Indian Gooseberry, it is a small green berry with a translucent skin. The taste of the Amla berry has been described as sour, bitter and astringent. In Ayurveda tradition, it has been used to improve digestive function and as a detoxification aid.

This small gooseberry, regarded as a sacred fruit in India, packs a nutritional punch and it can support your health in the following ways.

Provides antioxidant protection and combats ageing

Studies show that the Amla berry is very high in antioxidants that fight inflammation, reduce and prevent cell damage, and combat the ageing process.

“The Amla berry is a superb antioxidant. It belongs in the pantheon of rare super berries, and its antioxidant abilities create a deep foundation for its unique healing properties. “[1]

The Amla berry contains an abundance of phytochemicals including furosin, corilagin, tannis, gallic acid, proanthocyanidins, methyl gallate, and polyphenols. [2] It is this abundance of antioxidants that protects the body against disease and ageing. According to Dr. Komal Bhadouria, Nutritionist, SCI International Hospital, New Delhi:

“Amla is a very special fruit, full of antioxidants that are effective in reducing the cell damage which reduces the free radicals that can cause disease in the body”

Improves liver function and supports detoxification

As mentioned, in Ayurvedic tradition, the Amla berry has been commonly used to support cleansing and detoxification. Science now supports this with evidence showing that the Indian Gooseberry has a protective effect on liver cells. [3] [4] As the body’s main detoxification organ, healthy liver cells are vital for optimal detoxification and disease prevention.

Helps to prevent osteoporosis

New research shows that Amla extract is able prevent osteoporosis by inducing cell death of osteoclasts — cells that break down the tissue in bones. In fact, Amla extract was able to induce cell death in mature osteoclasts and it could potentially play an important role in reversing and preventing bone loss.

Protects from cancer

The abundance of antioxidants in Amla berries protects cells by destroying free radicals that lead to cell damage and the growth of cancer. Studies demonstrate that Amla has the ability to protect cells from damage by toxins and heavy metals. [5]

In fact, pyrogallol, a potent polyphenol found in the Amla berry, has been shown in animal studies to prevent lung cancer cells from spreading. This demonstrates the powerful nature of the antioxidant plant compounds in the Amla berry. In addition, further studies have shown that pyrogallol is effective against other types of cancer.

Helps to prevent heart disease

The Amla berry can help to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol, studies have been conducted using Amla berry extract to reduce cholesterol levels in participants.

For example, nutritionists in New Delhi provided Amla supplements for 28 days to men aged 35-55 years, who had either normal or elevated cholesterol levels.

Both groups experienced decreases in total cholesterol levels, which rose back to nearly their original levels two weeks after stopping the supplement.[6]

By helping to combat high cholesterol levels, the Amla berry is a powerful ally in the fight against heart disease.

As you can see the Amla berry contains powerful plant compounds that work synergistically together to offer many protective effects, additionally it is an excellent source of natural vitamin C. Also, Amla powder is reported to be highly nourishing to the skin and hair —when taken internally and applied externally.

Try adding Amla powder into your diet to reap the protective benefits and to give your immune system a boost. You can add it to smoothies or sprinkle it over your favorite breakfast. Remember to choose a high-quality supplement and to build your dose up slowly to give your body time to adjust.

 

[1] http://www.clinicaleducation.org/resources/reviews/amla-an-ancient-super-berry-emerges-from-india/

[2] https://draxe.com/benefits-of-gooseberries/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2994578/

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23978895

[5] www.clinicaleducation.org/resources/reviews/amla-an-ancient-super-berry-emerges-from-india/

[6] http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2008/11/Preventing-Cardiovascular-Disease-Naturally/Page-01

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