AMLA- Phyllanthus emblica
Amla also known as Indian Gooseberry is a fibrous sour fruit eaten in many parts of India. It is also regarded as the “ King of Superfruits “. It has been widely used in Ayurveda in a number of preparations. It is a nourishing fruit it aids in enhanced nutrient absorption, helps neutralizing gastric acids, improving brain functions. It also is a very rich source of vitamin C.
Amla in Ayurveda
Ayurveda has been utilizing properties of amla as a cooling, astringent, digestive, laxative, and stomachic medicine. It also has anti-pyretic, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. It has numerous therapeutic effects acting on various organs and systems, it has been found to aid in problems ranging from chest diseases such as cough, asthma, and bronchitis, digestive ailments like dyspepsia, hyperacidity and ulcers and anemia, jaundice, diabetes, bleeding conditions, eye diseases, allergic and other skin problems to gynecological problems.
BENEFITS OF AMLA:
- Amla on Skin:
Amla being one of the best sources of Vitamin C is known to be a potent antioxidant and aids in reducing wrinkles, fine lines, spots and uneven skin tone. It helps in making our skin tight and firm. It helps in cell regrowth. Amla due to its effective detoxifying properties helps in digestion thereby removing toxins from the body giving us a good complexion.
- Amla and Hair:
Vitamin C deficiency often leads to loss of hair leaving it brittle and damaged. Amla is known to prevent premature greying. Premature greying is caused by free radical damage (deficiency of vitamin C) caused to the mealnocytes(cells which produce melanin a pigment responsible for the colouring of skin and hair). Amla is known to contain various bioflavonoids, polyphenols which helps in prevention destruction of these melanocytes.
- Amla and Digestion:
Amla is known to be a fibrous fruit hence contributing to good digestion. It acts as a detoxifying agent helping in removal of toxins produced in our body. It has diuretic and laxative properties associated with it. It also has antibacterial and helps in curing ulcers.
- Amla in Diabetes:
Amla is also known to be a rich source of chromium. Chromium is a micro mineral which helps in production of insulin aiding in better functioning of the pancreas in response to the excess sugars consumed. Thus Amla acts as a natural remedy for Diabeties.
- Amla in Calcium Absorption:
Amla also helps in Calcium absorption in a positive way. It helps in maintain our teeth, bones and nals. It also provides luscious hair. Thus consuming amla can proves us various skin related benefits.
- Amla in Heart Health:
Amla being rich in iron helps in proper circulation of red blood cells. It also helps in effective artery function thereby reducing blood pressure. Due to its antioxidant nature it helps in cutting out free radicals and helps in prevention of heart attacks.
FORMS OF AMLA AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET:
There are various ways to consume Amla. The two major categories being Synthetic and Natural sources:
- Juice: used for treating cold, cough and cholesterol levels.
- Amla Candy: is rich in antioxidants, helps in digestion and acidity control as it is rich in fibre.
- Amla oil Extract : It is used strengthen scalp and hair, reduce premature greying and eliminate dandruff.
- Amla powders: it is also used for hair as well as in digestion, one can always incorporate these powders as a hair mask or as a skin mask.
- Supplements extracted from Amla: The best way of consuming that extra Vitamin C is through supplements. As they are portable giving that extra dose of hydration.