Amla has been used widely in Ayurveda for more than a tradition of about 3,000 years and is prescribed to assist with everything from anti-aging to anti-cancer to improving eyesight to anti-snake bite to hair tonic and much, much more. What is relatively new is the extensive research being done around the world showing that this legendary “folk remedy” in Ayurvedic medicine has even more health benefits than the ancients understood.
One of the best ways to have amla is in the powdered form. Since amla powder is a bit bitter tasting, you can drink a mix of amla powder, ginger powder, honey, and lime juice or you can even add amla powder to a glass of fresh juice for breakfast. You can also sprinkle some amla powder on fruits such as banana, apple, or papaya and have it as a mid-meal snack.
The antioxidants and vitamins found in amla berries offer several health benefits. High concentrations of vitamin C in amla help the body recover from illness. Amla berries also include several flavonols, chemicals that have been linked to benefits like improved memory.
Apart from their nutritional value, amla berries have been linked to a number of significant health benefits, including lower blood glucose, reduced LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and assistance in weight loss. Amla berries have also been shown to reduce inflammation, fight infections, reduce the spread of cancer, boost your immune system and liver function, combat neurodegenerative disorders, and even support hair growth.
Here are some other health benefits of amla:
The soluble fiber in amla berries dissolves quickly in the body, which helps to slow the rate your body absorbs sugar. This can help reduce blood sugar spikes. Amla berries also have a positive effect on blood glucose and lipid counts in people with type 2 diabetes.
The fiber in amla berries helps the body regulate bowel movements and may help to relieve symptoms from conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. High levels of vitamin C in Amla berries help your body absorb other nutrients, so they may be helpful if you take iron and other mineral supplements.
Amla berries are rich in vitamin A, which is key to improving eye health. Vitamin A not only improves vision but also may lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Amla's vitamin C content aids in eye health by fighting bacteria, which can help to protect your eyes from conjunctivitis and other infections.
But the potential uses of amla stretch far beyond those long-established anti-diabetes, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties. As the authors from the European Journal of Cancer Prevention state, data supports that the benefits of amla may include:
- Anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory
- Wound healing