To stay your healthiest best, meet the superfruit Amla! You probably know it as sour & bitter-tasting fruit, that your mother tries to add in some recipe! Truth is, in Amla consumed in any form is equally beneficial. In India, its use is very frequent since its benefits have been disclosed from generation to generation.
But beyond its traditional use, at present many scientific studies support its benefits in the treatment and prevention of various diseases.
Helps Fight Against the Common Cold
Amla is the richest known natural source of Vitamin C, which is known to have excellent immunity boosting and antioxidant properties. Consuming vitamin C regularly is associated with better performance of macrophages and other cells of the immune system.
In the case of antioxidants, they allow the metabolism of free radicals that are formed from the reactions between oxygen and hydrogen from food and the environment. Free radicals are responsible for premature ageing and cell damage; consuming Amla helps in its reduction. (1)
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Amla helps in lowering bad cholesterol and keeps the levels of good cholesterol optimal. It can reduce the accumulation of fats in arteries and veins. It lowers the risk of getting atherosclerosis and promotes healthy circulation along with overall cardiovascular health. (2)
Aids Weight Loss
Amla’s high-fat burning properties have been shown in various studies. This plant accelerates metabolism, improving protein synthesis and reducing fat deposits. It also favours fluid reduction because it promotes diuresis with the excretion of organic toxins through the urine.
Due to its effect on weight, it is useful for controlling obesity, especially in people with diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems. (3)
Improve Digestive Processes
This fruit is fibrous & its fibre content stimulates intestinal transit. The Indian population consumes a diet rich in fibre, however in countries like the United States and many regions of Europe this is not so, therefore people tend to suffer from transit slow intestinal, constipation and other digestive discomforts.
The fibre content of Amla reduces these problems. Also, at the stomach level, it favours digestion because it increases the action of gastric juices for the decomposition of food. Thus, it is also useful to relieve stomach heaviness and gases.
Excellent Anti-inflammatory Properties
Numerous studies have shown the effectiveness of Amla extract for hay fever, arthritis, osteoporosis and joint pain. This plant is capable of acting at the cellular level, reducing the expression of proinflammatory cells such as cytokines, cox and other mediators that are present in chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, among others. (4)
Supports Healthy Blood Glucose
It also reduces oxidative stress and protects pancreatic cells from oxidative damage and helps in insulin release, prevents post-meal sugar spikes. (5)
Amla & its Positive Effects on Cancer
Various studies have determined that the consumption of amla extract is capable of preventing the oncogenesis process, this happens from 4 major mechanisms:
- Limitation and prevention of damage at the level of the DNA structure of cells
- Reduces the damage produced by the oxidation of free radicals in highly sensitive tissues, such as liver, brain, breast, colon and lung tissues.
- It reduces harmful enzymatic activity, especially cytochrome P450, liver enzymes that are involved in many metabolic pathways in the body. Following a lifestyle based on the consumption of fruits such as amla, can greatly reduce the risk of cancer.
- Reduces proinflammatory cell activation, various types of cancers originate from chronic inflammatory processes that promote change at the cellular level. The nutrients and various enzymes in the amla extract help decrease the cellular inflammatory response, due to its powerful antioxidant effect.
Consumption of Amla to Support Cancer Treatment
Studies show that Amla has a high antitumor effect, especially with certain cancers such as colon and lung cancer. The extract of this fruit can induce apoptosis of cancer cells without affecting healthy body cells.
In other cases, they do not induce apoptosis, but they can stop the rate of tumour growth, this provides time for conventional pharmacological treatments to attack malignant cells.
Other benefits of Amla: Uses in Natural Cosmetics
The high content of vitamin C makes it an excellent antioxidant. Amla also contains high levels of Emblicanin A and B. One of the most powerful and effective antioxidants, bioflavonoids, tannins, and a combination of phenols, including gallic acid and ellagic acid.
All these antioxidant components together contribute to decreasing cell oxidation and the proliferation of free radicals that contribute to the ageing of both skin and hair.
Effects on the Skin
It is used as a tonic for its great astringent power, removes impurities, deeply cleanses and purifies the skin, providing luminosity to the face. Amla is indicated for all skin types, especially for those that are dull or devitalized and for mature skin. It is a great regenerator of the skin that helps fight against the signs of ageing. (6)
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Effects on Hair Growth
It is a powerful hair regenerator, it stimulates the roots, strengthens it and favours its growth, since it stimulates the hair follicles. It also slows down your fall (except in cases of congenital alopecia). Its antioxidant power serves to combat premature greying. It also has a conditioning effect, providing softness and shine to the hair, improving its texture and preventing split ends. (7)
Also Read: 5 Best Foods for Hair Growth
How can you get Amla?
Amla-based products are currently distributed globally, may be available in organic stores, some spice markets and of course online shopping sites.
What are Amla’s presentations?
Choosing the Amla presentation will depend on the needs of each one, it is available at:
- Concentrated juices
- Facial and body creams
- Intensive hair treatments
- Fruit, in some markets the Amla fruit can be purchased
One of the most used presentations are the Amla capsules to avoid the classic bitter taste of Amla; however, there are powdered presentations mixed with other plants that help improve the flavour.
When purchasing an Amla-based product, you must verify that the proportion of the plant is the predominant one, so you will consume the adequate amount to appreciate all its benefits.
- Q: Is it advisable to substitute cholesterol medications and only use Amla?
A: No, it is not a substitute for any medication. However, if consumed along, it can improve cholesterol levels.
- Q: Is it safe for children?
A: Amla based products come in two forms orally consumable or for external use and both of these are generally considered safe in children. However, it should not be consumed or applied in excess to avoid discomfort.
- Q: Is it suitable for gluten intolerant and colitis patients?
A: Yes, Amla is a gluten-free product suitable for celiacs. It can improve the symptoms of colitis by reducing inflammation and protecting the intestinal mucosa. It also promotes regeneration of normal microbial flora of the intestine.
- Q: Can it be used as an energiser?
A: Yes, Amla is a natural energiser that enhances energy and stamina by relieving fatigue, stress, eliminating toxins from the body. It can be consumed as whole fruit juice, or Amla powder can be mixed with water, smoothies, tea or soups.