Last week, I ran out of Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry. I went to my regular health food store to get more, but they were out of the herbal medicine. In fact, the business was reducing the size of its inventory, and Amla was one of the first products to be discontinued. Even though I knew I could find it somewhere else, strangely, I felt a little sad.
On the bright side, the experience made me appreciate the wonders of this fruit.
I’ve been taking Amla off and on for about 12 years. It was recommended to me by my natural health practitioner, and it happens to be one of my favorite remedies. The plant is very nourishing and rejuvenating, and I enjoy the effects it has on my body.
First, I’d like to emphasize that before trying any new or unfamiliar supplement, you should check with a trusted health practitioner to make sure it’s right for you. I only recommend products that I feel are safe and I’ve experienced for myself.
If you were to step into my kitchen or go through my cabinets, you would find a lot of the things I’ve recommended in articles. You’d probably find a jar of coconut oil on my kitchen counter next to a little bottle of vitamin D and a box of tulsi tea. I sometimes have a bottle of nucleotides on hand for cold and flu season. And I also have a bottle of Amla.
With that said, here are eight reasons why Amla is so amazing:
1. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C.
Amla is a highly potent form of vitamin C, containing even more than is found in oranges.
2. It’s high in antioxidants.
Antioxidants prevent the body against free radicals. Free radicals are harmful and can damage cells, potentially leading to cancer and other possible diseases.
3. It reduces inflammation.
In traditional medicine, Amla is often used to minimize the pain of inflammation.
4. It aids digestion.
Amla helps the body to absorb and assimilate nutrients from the foods we eat. It also reduces diarrhea. Amla is much slower and gentler than other herbs commonly used to help digestion – like ginger. Personally, I prefer the gentleness and cooler quality of Amla.
5. It strengthens the liver.
Amla helps to flush out toxins and purportedly treats jaundice.
6. It’s great for the urinary system.
Amla can remove toxins through the urinary system without overstimulation. In some cases, uremia patients benefitted from the effects of Amla.
7. It improves skin condition.
Oftentimes, skin blemishes or acne can signal that a person’s liver is overrun by toxins. Since Amla helps to detoxify the liver and aids digestion, regularly consuming the fruit can improve one’s complexion.
8. It produces healthier, more lustrous hair.
Since Amla is great for digestion, it makes it easier for our bodies to absorb the calcium in the foods we eat, therefore resulting in healthier hair — not to mention healthier bones, teeth and nails. The fruit helps to preserve natural hair color and minimizes hair loss.
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