What Is Amla?


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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