Given its succulent, sour and bitter taste, your taste buds aren’t likely to jump for joy after biting into the Amla, aka Amalaki or the Indian gooseberry, but this vibrant green colour fruit is packed with herbal goodness.
Often consumed raw or as juices, pickles, chutneys, jams and murabbas, amla has been the center of our Ayurveda therapy for almost 500 years. Known to cure anything from bad breath to respiratory disorders, amla is regarded as the magic potion which keeps you young and fit. Apart from the nutritional and health benefits, Amla is also the perfect example of nature providing the complete solution for hair and skin care.
We at MedGuru showcase a few of its health and beauty benefits.
Lose Extra Fat: Amla juice is an ideal drink for fitness freaks looking to shift pounds. Regular intake of the berry juice increases your protein metabolism which in turn helps you shed weight faster.
Oral Health: Amla juice can thwart foul breath and strengthens teeth. Gargle with a mixture of water and amla juice to get relief from painful mouth ulcers.
Insomnia: Amalaki juice is effective in curing insomnia. All you need to do is take fresh amla juice with a mixture of coarse powder of nutmeg and experience a sound and peaceful sleep.
Cooling Agent: During blistering summers, amla juice keeps the body cool. Moreover it works as a barrier against radiation by protecting against the harmful UV rays.
Eye Health: Regular consumption of Amla prevents eye related problems such as macular degeneration, nearsightedness and controls the onset of cataracts. Washing eyes daily with amla water in the morning combats problems like reddening, itching and watering of eyes, and it improves vision as well.
Brain Development: Amla is an excellent antioxidant which protects the brain cells from radical damages which in turn improve concentration and memory. It also keeps diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay.
Cardiovascular Health: The fruit is heart healthy. It strengthens heart muscles and controls hypertension. It is also very effective on lowering the cholesterol levels.
Treatment of Gastric Disorders: Amla juice is great natural cure for gastric disorders. It works wonders for diarrhea, dysentery, piles and constipation. If suffering from acidity problems take amla juice with pure ghee everyday twice a day.
Relieves Asthma And Bronchitis: Amla juice taken with honey twice daily can alleviate asthma and bronchitis complications. It also cuts the incidence of chronic cough, tuberculosis and allergic asthma.
Glowing Skin: Amla is a potent source of anti-oxidants and Vitamin C that fights free radicals responsible for ageing and cell degeneration. In other words Amla gives you glowing skin, reduces pigmentation and delays the effects of pre-mature ageing, wrinkles, fine lines or loosening of the skin.
Good for Hair: Rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins, this berry is a superfood for the hair and scalp. Eating it increases blood flow which stimulates hair growth, cuts hair loss, reduces breakage and prevents early graying. The antiseptic and astringent properties avert infections and tone the scalp. It is also known to enrich hair color.