Do you know that our very own “Amla” also known as Indian Gooseberry, is one of the popular plant-based food that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine systems for more than several thousand years?
Amla is several times termed as a superfood that certainly has the world’s most potent antioxidant properties. Apart from being a potent antioxidant, amla is also a fantastic source of vitamin C. Thus being a wonderful food which aids at improving immunity, strengthening digestion, enhancing fertility and more. It also acts as a diuretic agent and is therefore believed to improve food absorption, balance stomach acids, fortify the liver, and nourish the functioning of the brain.
There was a study back in 2012 which distinguished the effects of amla and a statin drug on patients with higher cholesterol. This study found that the amla had cholesterol-lowering effects same as the drug. Surprisingly, more benefits were recorded in patients who were given the Indian gooseberry.
The Indian Gooseberry has strong immune-boosting properties. It is a potent source of vitamin C, which not only helps to boost immunity but also improves the body’s metabolism. This helps in the prevention of diseases and infections.
Aids in Digestion
The fibre present in Amla adds bulk to your stool, allowing in maintaining regular and consistent bowel movements. Consuming it before meals also stimulate gastric juices, therefore providing better digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Improves Eye Health
The vitamin C present in amla fights bacteria and protects the eye against conjunctivitis and several eye infections. Consuming this gooseberry regularly helps in improving vision. It makes the eye muscles strong and provides relaxation to the eyes when they are fatigued or stressed.
Amla contains chromium, which has a therapeutic value for diabetics. It stimulates the isolated group of cells that secrete insulin, thus lowering blood sugar in diabetic patients. When blood sugar is decreased, glucose is used by the cells as functional energy. Thus, the metabolism becomes stronger and you have more energy, without any plunges and spikes in blood sugar that are harmful.