The Indian Gooseberry, as the name already suggests, is a native of India. Amla, as it’s popularly known, is hailed as the ‘The Indian Treasure’ and with good reason. This powerhouse of nutrients comes with one exceptional feature – its taste. So, what about its taste sets it apart? It’s the unusual balance of multiple flavours in a single fruit. If you’ve ever eaten an Amla, you’d definitely be in agreement. Sweet, sour, pungent, and sometimes even bitter – this fruit leaves your taste buds confused and amused.
But that’s not it. Amla has rightfully earned its tag of the “Superfood”. Let’s get down to exploring how.
Benefits of Amla
- Arguably one of the richest sources of Vitamin C
It is said that one single Amla has the potential to fulfil a day’s Vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C plays its role in growth and development of the body, building immunity, healing wounds and also in maintaining bones, cartilage and teeth. So if your doctor has prescribed you Vitamin C supplements, you know where to look.
- Keeps your heart healthy
This Ayurvedic herb minimizes the risk of heart diseases by regulating the build-up of bad cholesterol.
- Antioxidizing and anti-inflammatory agent
It is a potent antioxidant. In other words, it helps fight free radicals, reducing chances of cell damage and inflammation. So it helps in keeping you disease-free.
- Helps you lose weight
Amalaki, another name for it, is great for the weight watchers. The rich fibre content eases the process of digestion by accelerating metabolism. The result? A slim and trim You. Which also makes it an effective medicine for constipation.
- Makes your skin glow and your hair shine
The Vitamin C and B complex breathe a bounce of health to your skin and hair. Make sure to include Amla in every face pack/mask with other ingredients like mashed papaya, honey and turmeric, and see your skin get younger by the day. Also, being rich in tannins, Amla happens to be an active ingredient in dyes. Needless to mention, it helps with controlling premature greying of hair. So that explains why it’s so extensively used in shampoos.
- A super-versatile superfood
Jams, jellies, pickles, chutney, chyawanprash… name it and you got it! It is also used to cook various Indian dishes. Amla is amazing, isn’t it?
The list could go on. The best bit about Amla is that you can consume it in any form. Have the entire fruit, have it in the form of juices or powders, or even cook it.
If the juice form is more to your liking, the Amla Juice by Kapiva is the one for you. The Indian Treasure should find a place in your trove too.