Thursday, April 7, 2016

#WorldHealthDay- Surprising Benefits of Amla (Indian Gooseberry) for Hair, Skin and Health that make it a Superfood!

Today is World Health Day and what better day than this one to talk about a fruit that is known for its health benefits. I am talking about Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry.

If you use Amla or Indian Gooseberry in your daily diet then you already know about its miraculous health benefits that have earned it the title of being a Superfood and even made it known as the anti-aging fruit.

However, if you are new to this bitter and yet beautifying and  health endowing fruit then today's post is for you.

About Amla:

Amla or Indian Gooseberry.

Amla is also known as Indian Gooseberry, Amala, Amalika, Usiri Kaya, Nellikhai, Nelli, Avala etc. It is a round, juicy green fruit, bitter in taste with a slight tangy and sweet end taste. Easily available in winters, it is rich in Vitamin C, Antioxidants, Vitamin A, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, fiber and other trace nutrients.

Due to its rich nutrient base, it is highly beneficial in curing and preventing a lot of diseases and imparts good health both immunity wise and physical appearance wise when incorporated in our daily life.

Highly hailed because of its rich nutritional value and health benefits, it is a major ingredient in Ayurvedic preparations and known as an "Amrit phal" ("Immortal making fruit")

Ways to use Amla:

Amla  can be taken in the form of pickle, murabba (sugar preserved form), Chyawanprash, fresh juice can be consumed, in powder form, chutney, in salads and vegetables etc.

Irrespective of the way your use this fruit, the important point is to use it!

Fun Facts:

  • Did you know that Amla is a fruit that doesn't lose its nutrients even when dried and powdered. So whether you eat it as fresh juice or powdered dry, you get all its benefits.


  • Amla has 20 times more Vitamin C than oranges and other citrus fruits. So eating 1 Amla is equivalent to eating 20 oranges!

Precautions while using Amla:

  • You should avoid using packaged Amla juice because chemical preservatives are added in it which can cause you harm.

  • It's always better to use it fresh or when it has been preserved with natural preservatives like sugar in murabba, jam, Chyawanprash etc. and salt in pickle, chutney etc.

  • Heart patients and people suffering from serious diseases like Diabetes should consult their physician to know the correct dosage of Amla they can consume each day.



Benefits of Amla:

1) Immunity Booster

Being rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, A and other nutrients like iron, Amla is a great immunity booster. Regular consumption makes our immune system strong and protects us from infections, seasonal illnesses and allergies. We become less prone to falling ill.

2) Diabetes Fighter and preventer.

Amla is also known to control Diabetes by regulating the insulin levels in our body and also prevent it. 

Drink Amla juice with a pinch of turmeric in luke warm water daily to see the results.

3) Gives us great hair.

Drink Amla Juice to reap benefits.
  • Drink Amla juice daily and soon you'll see your hair getting more lustrous, thicker and healthier.
  • Apply Amla oil or a paste of Amla to your hair to protect from hair fall, split ends, frizziness, brittleness, dandruff, other hair and scalp infections, premature greying and get longer, thicker and jet black hair naturally!
  • It also acts as a natural conditioner. Apply amla juice or powder with Henna, soaked overnight in an iron vessel to your hair and wash after an hour to get soft, silky, black hair with no danger of artificial chemical damage!
  • Amla not only protects our hair and beautifies it but also keeps our scalp clean and healthy.

4) Burns fat and helps in reducing weight.

Amla also makes us fit, cures obesity and helps in reducing weight. Due to its fiber content, it keeps us feeling full for a longer period and helps in preventing overeating. Vitamic C burns fat and helps us get in shape.


5) Controls Cholesterol levels and prevents heart attack.

Amla is also very beneficial in controlling the cholesterol levels in our body by removing the bad cholesterol and help in building the good cholesterol which in turn, prevents heart attacks, heart blockage and other ill effects of high cholesterol.


6) Relives Asthma and Bronchitis.

Take Amla juice or powder with honey in warm water daily to relieve chronic Asthma, bronchitis and other cough and breathing allergies/diseases.
The Vitamic C and antioxidants in this fruit strengthen the immune system and prepare our body to fight all air, food and water borne allergies and reduced the formation and blockage of cough and phlegm in our body.


7) Cures Constipation, regulates bowel movement and relieves piles.

Amla has high fiber content which regulates our bowel movement, cures constipation and relieves piles. The Vitamic C content also helps in flushing our system of harmful toxins.


8) Maintains the health of the liver and prevents all gastric problems.

Amla cleans out our body of any and all harmful toxins and strengthens the liver. It also prevents and treats all gastric problems like acidity, ulcers etc. 

Drink Amla juice with honey in luke warm water each day to see the miraculous results.


9) Blood Purifier and Skin beautifier.

  • Amla is also a blood purifier. When it cleans our system, it also cleans our blood and also increases hemoglobin and red blood cell count due to its iron content.

  • Use Amla daily to get rid of acne, pimple and other skin related infections to get flawlessly, beautiful skin! 

  • Not only this, Amla is anti-aging and prevents wrinkles, tightens and tones the skin, removes dead skin cells, cleanses and exfoliates and helps in rejuvenation of the skin. 

  • It also prevents dark spots, black heads and keeps us looking radiant, healthy and younger.

  • Also acting as a shield against harmful UV rays, regular consumption of Amla protects our skin from sun rashes, tanning and other sun burns and protects from the UV rays.


10) Eye Health

Amla provides complete eye care. It not only improves eyesight but also prevents reddening, itching, watering and other eye infections. Helpful in preventing cataracts, it makes our eyes healthy.


11) Prevents UTI

Amla prevents and relieves UTI (Urinary Tract Infections) by keeping the urinary tract healthy and flushing our toxins without overexerting the kidneys.


12) Soothes Inflammation

Amla because of its ant-inflammatory qualities soothes inflammation, pain in our joints and also relaxes our muscles while strengthening them to prevent and cure arthritic pain, osteoporosis and other joint problems.


13) Amla is an oral doctor.

Regular use of Amla keeps our teeth healthy, makes them strong and also prevents bad breath. 

Gurgling with Amla juice mixed in water is sure to kill any germs and bad breath while also keep the mouth healthy.


14) Reduces risk of Stones in our body.

Amla flushes and cleans our body of harmful toxins and reduces cholesterol which in turn, help in reducing the risk of Stones in our body which are generally formed due to excess Cholesterol.

15) Maintains the health of the kidneys

Amla cleans the body without overtaxing the kidneys and helps in keeping them healthy.


16) Helpful in relieving Menstrual pain.

Regular intake of Amla is helpful in relieving Menstrual pain in women and prevent and soothe cramps.




17) Keeps the bones healthy.

The extracts of amla help in slowing down the activity of osteoclasts (a cell type which breaks down the bone).


18) Increases vitality and keeps us feeling fresh and alert.

Amla consumption keeps our body healthy, aids in proper digestion and in turn, makes us more alert, fresh and increases our general vitality.


19) Enhances Sperm count in men.

Amla contains iron which increases hemoglobin and the sperm count.


20) Prevents Cancer

Amla is rich in anti-oxidants which prevents the formation of free radicals and helps in keeping the body healthy and cancer free,


21) Improves Digestion.

Amla helps in proper absorption of nutrients from food and thus, betters our digestion.


22) Soothes Sore Throat.

Drink Amla juice with ginger juice and honey mixed in luke warm water to soothe and cure a sore throat and cure cough and cold.


23) Beneficial in Pregnancy

  • Drinking Amla juice is very beneficial in pregnancy. It provides healthy nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C, iron etc. to the mother and the baby and helps in building the immunity of the child and prevents from any infections. 
  • It also cures anemia which is very common in pregnancy and prevents constipation, another common problem faced in pregnancy.
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Have Amla any way you like and witness the improvement in your health and beauty. With so many benefits, it's no wonder it is called a Superfood!

Do you use Amla? Do share your experiences with me in the comments below.

-Njkinny
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