Amla or Indian gooseberry is an active ingredient employed by Ayurveda since centuries. Being a powerhouse of nutrients and providing numeral health benefits, this versatile sour fruit is considered an Ayurvedic superfood which is therapeutic to various health conditions.
Key benefits of amla
- Excellent source of Vitamin C
- Tridoshic – Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha
- Natural antioxidant
- Balances agni or digestive fire
- High in digestive fibre
- Diuretic in nature
1. Promotes digestion
Amla is alkaline in nature and this makes it helpful for strengthening the digestive process. It also improves appetite and kindles the digestive fire, which are important for healthy digestion. The bitter taste and cooling energy also help flush excess heat out through the bowel.
2. Detoxification and healthy elimination
Rich in antioxidant, amla promotes detoxification by supporting healthy circulation, digestion and elimination. The high digestive fibre in it also helps relieve constipation and indigestion aiding for healthy elimination.
3. For healthy blood sugar levels
Its ability to stimulate microcirculation and build ojas is considered to boost healthy blood sugar levels. Also, amla is diuretic in nature and thus boosts healthy excretion of urine which is key in maintaining balanced blood sugar levels. And for diabetic patients, amla assists in the proper absorption of insulin to help reduce blood sugar levels.
4. Boosts immunity
Amla is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins which reduces the damage by free radicals on the cells and thus improves the body’s immunity. It also strengthens the tissues and promotes overall health and well-being.
5. Strengthens bones
The high calcium content and the ability to reduce osteoclasts or the cells that are responsible for breaking up bones, make amla beneficial for bone heath. The fruit also helps in calcium absorption for good health of bones, teeth, nails and hair.
6. Hair health
Amla is considered an excellent tonic for hair health. It enriches hair growth, strengthens roots and improves lustre. The carotene content, iron content and antioxidant capacity reduces the damage of hair follicles and thus reduces hair loss.