Amla AKA the Indian gooseberry has been what your nightmares are made of for years now. Your parents have hounded you to have a bite of it, or drink a glass of amla juice every morning before you went to school. I was one of those kids, but as I sit here and write this article today I can't help but be awestruck by all the amazing benefits of amla and I finally realise why it's called the superfruit. Don't trust me? Read for yourself.
Amla is rich in Vitamin C, which your body absorbs easily from the fruit when compared to supplements. If had in liquid form, as juice or water with amla powder, it offers instant relief to common cold.
Amla is rich in antioxidants, which protects your eye retina from oxidative stress, thus reducing the risk of cataract. You could soak amla in water and then use the water to wash your eyes for better eyesight.
This a long list, because amla is literally gold for anyone who is on a diet. It speeds up your metabolism, leading to the reduction of fat accumulation in the body. It also keeps your stomach full for a longer period of time, which is basically a win-win situation.
Amla treats hair fall, prevents premature greying, enhances your natural hair colour, and the fatty acids in amla accelerate hair growth, working their way through any bald spots. The nutrients in amla make their way to your hair follicles and give you shinier, voluminous and stronger hair (yes, all those hair oil commercials were right!)
Amla's antibacterial and astringent properties are a great way to boost your immunity system. The fruit's antioxidants keep your body healthy and reduce the free radicals which cause oxidative damage. A few pieces of amla every day is all you need to stay healthy.
It's basically a natural cleanser, it reduces your pigmentation and dark spots, clears out acne and brightens your natural skin tone. It also has anti-ageing properties which restore your skin's firmness and healthy glow.
Since amla has great anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces pain caused by periods during menstruation. It also helps regulate your cycle and keep you healthy during your monthly cramps.
Again, because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, amla helps in curing a sore throat and fights away infections.
Amla is actually a great companion after all those late-night drinking sessions. Its detoxification process rids your body of any natural toxins that may be causing a problem.
It's a boon to those with any heart-related diseases. Preventing the blockage of blood, it reduces cholesterol and strengthens the heart muscles. It also decreases hypertension and prevents the arteries from fat and plaque accumulation.
Amla helps enhance all seven tissues in your body, including the reproductive tissues. It helps both men and women overcome problems with conceiving children.
Since amla is rich in fibers, it helps regulate bowel movements, strengthens the digestive system - helping the body absorb more nutrients from the food. Its cooling effects help against acidity and irritable bowel syndrome.
A great source of energy between meals, amla helps get rid of exhaustion after a long day.
Amla helps your body absorb the calcium in your food, hence it is great for your teeth and nails as well. This fruit just doesn't disappoint!
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, amla helps reduce swelling and is recommended for people who suffer from regular joint pains and arthritis.
The high levels of iron in amla help purify the blood in your body and increase your hemoglobin level, thus helping you fight anemia in the process.
The anti-bacterial properties of amla help fight scalp diseases like eczema and dandruff, so if you do suffer from dandruff, an amla based shampoo would be ideal for your hair.
It's low in sugar and high in fibers, hence it stimulates the isolated group of cells that secrete insulin. Amla reduces the blood sugar levels in diabetes patients if taken twice a day along with turmeric.
Since amla increases the blood flow, it helps improve your memory and concentration skills. Amla also helps prevent diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia.
Since amla helps your body retain calcium, it helps make your bones stronger. Amla is also recommended for people recovering from fractures or bone diseases.
Phew! Those are some benefits, eh? What are you waiting for, get yourself some amla now!
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