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Amla – 7 Indian Gooseberry Health Benefits – Vigorous Herbs

The Amla berry is one of the most important medicinal plants in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used for skin & hair and various diseases for thousands of years . The effect should be very diverse and help practically every disease. Here are all the important facts about the Indian gooseberry: What makes amla so special? What ingredients does the berry contain?  What diseases does Amla really help with?

What is amla?

The amla tree only grows in tropical areas and is found mainly in India, South Asia and some parts of East Africa. Amla is also known by the names Phyllanthus emblica , Emblica officinalis , Amalaki, Neli and Indian gooseberry . The amla tree reaches a maximum height of 18m and produces an average of almost 150kg of amla fruits. The fruits are dried and processed into amla powder. Due to its diverse and far-reaching health effects, the Amla fruit is one of the most widely used and most important medicinal plants in Ayurvedic medicine.

  1. Amla – The food richest in antioxidants

Of all known fruits and vegetables, the Indian gooseberry is the food with the highest antioxidant content. The following foods are among the top foods rich in antioxidants.

For comparison – the Indian gooseberry contains:

  • 2 times as many antioxidants as turmeric
  • 13 times as many antioxidants as blackberries
  • 50 times as many antioxidants as blueberries

These damage the cells and the DNA. Free radicals arise solely from the fact that we are alive and are a natural part of aging. Certain factors favor the formation of free radicals.

For example:

  • to sunbathe
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • unhealthy food
  • Inflammation
  • stress

If too many free radicals are formed in the body, all kinds of diseases can result, including cancer.  The high antioxidant power of Amla powder effectively neutralizes free radicals. This slows down the aging process and diseases can be ameliorated or prevented.

  1. Amla in diabetes

Diabetes and its consequences have become one of the most common causes of death in the western world. Type II diabetes in particular is solely due to poor nutrition. A plant-based diet can relieve and even cure diabetes. So anyone who suffers from type II diabetes should first and foremost change their diet. He successfully treats Diabetes II with only a plant-based diet.

If a change in diet is too cumbersome for you or if you have problems with high blood sugar levels despite a plant-based diet, you can optionally take Amla powder. The Amla berry has always been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for diabetes.

As can be seen in the picture, Amla lowers the blood sugar level from over 130mg / dl to 73mg / dl within 3 weeks . In comparison, a common drug for diabetes (Daonil). Only 3g of the Amla fruit powder lower blood sugar even better than the drug. In addition, unlike diabetes drugs, Amla has no side effects, is cheaper and has other advantages. Anyone who suffers from diabetes II or has an elevated blood sugar level can, with the agreement of their doctor, try it and see whether Amla brings the blood sugar level back into the normal range.

  1. Amla for high cholesterol

In the long run, high cholesterol levels lead to heart attacks, strokes and other diseases. Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins have many side effects. The Amla fruit can also prove its impressive effect here.

Compared to statins, Amla can lower cholesterol at least as well as the drugs. However, the Amla berry does not lower the cholesterol level quite as impressively as the medication and  “only” works almost as well as the cholesterol-lowering medication.

But since statins have many side effects, such as diabetes or dementia, amla would theoretically be preferable to a cholesterol-lowering drug. Here, too, as with Diabetes II, the first thing to do is to change your diet. Because only a change in diet combats the cause of high blood cholesterol levels.

I explain what a healthy diet can look like in my article Everything about High Carb Low Fat . This type of diet is advocated by many experts and helps prevent many diseases of civilization.

Amla lowers LDL and increases HDL cholesterol

The LDL cholesterol is the “bad” cholesterol and HDL , the “good” cholesterol. The amla berry not only has the effect of lowering the total cholesterol level. It lowers the unfavorable “bad” LDL cholesterol and at the same time naturally increases the “good” HDL cholesterol . This has a protective effect on the cardiovascular system and helps prevent heart disease, for example. So if you have too high an LDL cholesterol level and want to lower it naturally, you should try Amla.

  1. Amla is heart healthy

Atherosclerosis is “calcification” of the arteries, which over time become stiff and brittle. This process causes small wounds to crust in the arteries. Over time, more and more atherosclerotic plaques develop within the arteries. At some point one of these crusts (plaques) tears and gets into the bloodstream. There they can either narrow or completely block arteries. If a cardiac vessel is blocked, a heart attack occurs, if a cerebral vessel is blocked, a stroke occurs.

 

Both are one and the same process.

Amla improves the vascular function and at the same time makes the arteries more elastic again, so that the atherosclerotic processes are slowed down or stopped and thus no more atherosclerotic plaques arise. Amla also thins the blood. [1] This allows the blood to flow better and there is less chance of one of the plaques rupturing. However, it only thins the blood within its natural limits. Unlike blood-thinning medication, you don’t have to worry that you won’t be able to stop bleeding.

In addition, the berry relieves the blood vessels and thus also the heart by lowering blood pressure. Low blood pressure and good circulation are important to supply the cells with essential nutrients and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

5. Amla counteracts inflammation

Inflammation is harmful to health on all possible levels. For example, you age faster, they promote the formation of free radicals and you are more susceptible to (chronic) diseases. Inflammations also play an important role in atherosclerotic processes and thus also in heart disease. Inflammation processes are measured in the blood. The C-reactive protein (CRP) tells whether there is inflammation in the body.

The active ingredients contained in Amla have anti-inflammatory effects and improve CRP levels in the blood. In the cited study on diabetics, the Amla powder was able to lower the CRP values ​​by 50%. [2]

6. Antibacterial & Antiviral Effect

Amla not only helps to neutralize free radicals and to strengthen the immune system so that the body can better cope with harmful bacteria and viruses. [3] The Indian gooseberry is also active against bacteria and viruses. As with garlic or green tea, the natural ingredients have an antibacterial and antiviral effect. Amla can also be used topically to improve or heal bacterial skin problems. However, Amla should not be used as a substitute for antibiotics and a doctor is still the first port of call for acute infections.

7. Amla protects against cancer

The advantages mentioned above are considerable in themselves, but the Amla berry can do even more. The number of cancer cases is rising steadily and is likely to continue to increase in the next few years. The risk of developing cancer increases with age and other factors such as:

  • Smoking (lung cancer)
  • excessive milk consumption (prostate & breast cancer)
  • excessive consumption of meat, especially sausage (colon cancer)
  • stress
  • Alcohol consumption (liver cancer)
  • excessive salt consumption (stomach cancer)
  • Chemicals / pollution

Preventing cancer is always better than treating it. Of course, the above risk factors should be avoided as much as possible. Cancer occurs when DNA is damaged, often over a period of years. This happens through free radicals or chemicals / pollutants or through UV rays.

Due to its high antioxidant content, Amla can neutralize free radicals and thus protect the body from them. In addition, Amla can on the one hand repair the DNA and on the other hand stimulate the immune system so that cancer cells do not start to proliferate.

In addition, it has been observed in studies how Amla actively fights and kills cancer cells and at the same time does not damage healthy cells.

Amla powder in Ayurvedic medicine

The Amla powder is praised as a real panacea in Ayurvedic medicine.

Further areas of application for the Indian gooseberry:

  • Amla oil as a hair tonic for hair loss and gray hair
  • has a protective effect on the liver [5]
  • is said to help with stomach ulcers [6]
  • supposed to improve / slow down osteoporosis [7]
  • is helpful for gastrointestinal complaints
  • is said to improve digestion
  • improves wound healing

and many other possible treatment options that have not yet been investigated in studies. Whether the other advantages of Amla powder prove to be true, however, first has to be tested in human studies.

Application of the Amla powder

It is usually relatively easy to use. Since we hardly have a chance to get the Indian gooseberry fresh in Germany or Europe, we have to resort to dried or frozen products. The dried fruit in the form of powder is therefore best suited. Depending on your preference, 1 teaspoon to 1 tbsp can be taken twice a day . This should be enough for most complaints or as a preventative measure.

Taking Amla powder

The amla powder has a very sour and unpleasant taste. You can dissolve the powder in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. If that is still too unpleasant for you, you can stir the powder in a smoothie or, for example, in juice to weaken the taste. If you don’t like the taste at all, you can also use Amla capsules as an alternative.

 

 

 

 

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