The Health and Beauty Secret of Amla
This Indian Gooseberry, Phyllanthus Emblica, known as Amla is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C. According to Ayurveda, amla balances all three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha.
Amla is easily available in all parts of India in the form of fresh fruit, juice, powder (churna) and tablets. The healing and medicinal properties of amla are innumerable as it is loaded with vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, carotene, vitamin B, amino acids and fibre.
Benefits of Amla
Amla can be used as a natural remedy which helps in controlling diabetes. Amla also contains chromium, that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and is said to make the body more responsive to insulin, which helps keep your blood sugar levels within a healthy range.
Prevents Heart disease
Daily intake of amla helps in reducing cholesterol. Amino acids and antioxidants help in the overall functioning of the heart.
Amla is also slightly diuretic in nature. This means that it increases the frequency and volume of urination which helps our body in removing toxins and excess levels of water, salt, and uric acid. Hence, a diuretic substance is often beneficial for keeping your kidneys healthy and for preventing urinary infections.
Amla is a rich source of antioxidants. Hence, it prevents the body from free radicals, reduces cell damage, slows down aging, cancer and other diseases.
- Prevents hair fall
- Keeps skin clear and glowing
- Boosts immune system
- Astringent property of amla works as a natural exfoliate and skin brightening face pack. It removes dead cells and wrinkles.
Women Health Tonic
Due to hectic lifestyle and increasing stress level, women go through a lot of health issues, such as hair fall, skin problems, menstrual problems, weak bones, weakness, PCOS, infertility, weight gain, hormonal imbalance and so on. Including Amla in your diet helps you in prevention and cure of these diseases.
Other Health benefits of Amla
- Amla is known as a powerful ayurvedic herb for improving eyesight
- Strengthens digestive system
- It removes excessive heat from the body
- Amla helps in seminal weakness
- Amla promotes hair growth and prevents hair fall.
How to consume Amla
Amla fruit: During winter in india Amla is easily available at any vegetable shop, One can consume Raw amla, to make it taste better add a pinch of salt.
Sweet amla candy: Amla candy is easily available in the market, it can be chewed on, amla candy is suitable for kids who dislike the taste of amla.
Amla Pickle: Again it’s easily available in the market but it can be made at home there are many recipes available on the internet.
Amla Powder (churna): Amla churna should be taken on an empty stomach in the morning, when it is highly effective. However you can also take it before a meal, after a meal or along with a meal.
Amla Chutney: Can be made with fresh amla. If this is not available, use powder (churna). Here is a recipe:
Ingredients: 4 -5 Amla, handful of coriander leaves with steam, garlic, salt to taste, add little water, 2 green chillies optional (if you like it spicy).Blend till smooth paste. You can have it with salad, bread, rice etc.
Amla Juice: Organic amla juices are available in the market, but fresh amla juice made at home is always better. Make a paste of 2-3 amla, add in 16 ounce of water and add honey or sugar.
Amal Oil: Applying this oil to your hair and scalp, prevents premature greying and stops hair fall. Amla oil is excellent for the head. Apply small quantity to the head before bath. It cools the head and keeps your eyes healthy.
Home made Amla Oil: To one cup of coconut oil add 4 tablespoon of amla powder and leave it in the sunlight for 4-5 days.