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What Is Amla?

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Amla, or more commonly known as Indian gooseberry, has long been held as a “miracle” berry among health conscious people. This can mostly be attributed to its high vitamin-C content. Botanically, amla is known as Amilica Embillicus and is a tree native to India. This tree produces small yellow/green fruits that can be extracted into a powder packed with nutrients and other goodies.

If you’ve never heard of amla before, here are some of the benefits associated with this lovely fruit:

  • It is an excellent source of Vitamin C and naturally occurring antioxidantsThose antioxidants have been shown to protect the body from damage associated with free radicals — you know those nasty little toxins that are linked to cancer and other diseases you don’t want anything to do with.
  • It alleviates certain respiratory disorders. Have a bad cold or cough? Amla might help you fight it. Once again, this is due to amla’s high Vitamin C content which helps boost immunity and helps your body fight certain respiratory disorders such as chronic cough and tuberculosis.
  • It’s good for the heart. Respiratory disorders aside, amla has also been shown to help with cardiovascular disorders. This is because this fruit is rich in several heart-friendly nutrients. At the end of the day, amla reduces (bad) cholesterol and keeps your blood and arteries free from debris and blockages.
  • It helps prevent cancer. Lastly, amla has been known to restrict the growth of carcinogenic cells, effectively preventing cancer.
  • And many more.

Do you see why people like to label amla as a “wonder berry” now? :)

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What Is Rutin?

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Bioflavanoid. Does this word sound familiar to you? No? Well, most people would probably answer ‘no’ to that question as well, so really, we can’t blame you. And you’re right, “bioflavanoid” does sound like a word taken straight out of a sci-fi movie. (So in case you were wondering, no — bioflavanoid has nothing to do with sci-fi.)

In reality, bioflava… bioflavoinid… (okay, let’s just call them B’s from now on) are a naturally occurring plant compounds that act as antioxidants and plant pigments. They are mostly found in fruits and vegetables. While there are many kinds of B’s out there, rutin is probably the most common one, or at least the one that people are most familiar with.

Found mostly in apples but also present in figs and some citrus fruits, rutin’s out of this world antioxidant properties are behind its recent spike in popularity among health conscious people. As a result, rutin supplements are now available worldwide, and you can often find it listed as an ingredient on certain systemic enzyme blends.

But what makes this natural compound so amazing? Let’s take a look!

  • Rutin has amazing antioxidant properties. You may be familiar with antioxidants. Science has proven multiple times their ability to prevent diseases and fight off free radicals.
  • Rutin has been shown to prevent blot clotsBlood clots can be deadly. We can’t stress enough the importance of preventing them.
  • Rutin offers anti-inflammatory benefits. They have the potential to alleviate the symptoms of colitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • Etc.

The bottom line? Eat more fruits and vegetables! But if you can’t — you can always supplement with rutin. Just keep in mind that nutritional supplements are NOT meant to replace a healthy lifestyle and diet. Instead, they are meant to work in tandem with them to keep you healthy. :)

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