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Natural remedy - Embilica officinalis/Indian gooseberry

Amla health benefits and home remedies
Indian Gooseberry/Amla

Amlaki or Indian gooseberry has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is one of the three constituents of the Ayurvedic formula triphala. It is a rich source of vitamin C and is useful for the body, no matter what form it is eaten in, and has enormous health benefits. It is a powerful antioxidant and contains a good amount of calcium, iron, carotene and vitamin B complex. It is easily assimilated by the body. The best way to eat it is raw, in which form, there is least loss of vitamin C. It is a laxative and diuretic. It is also effective in the treatment of respiratory disorders like asthma and bronchitis.

Botanical Name - Emblica officinalis
Sanskrit - Amalaki
Tamil - Nellikkai
Hindi - Amla
Common name - Indian gooseberry

Health benefits of Embilica Officinalis/Indian gooseberry

The amounts of Vitamin C in mid-sized Amalaki is four times and eight times more than that in a medium sized orange and tomato respectively. The best thing about amalaki fruit is that, the ascorbic acid found is nearly indestructible even when burning or drying it. It facilitates absorption of iron in the body and improves hemoglobin level. It helps boost immunity and restores the body's vitality. It can be used as a natural home remedy for various conditions. Gooseberry helps control acute bacillary dysentery. It helps preserve eyesight due to its carotene content. Gooseberry is very useful in the treatment of rheumatism.

Amla health benefit for Diabetes

A tbsp of Amla juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, stimulates the cells that secrete insulin. It thus reduces blood sugar in diabetes. Equal quantity of Amla powder, jamun powder and bitter gourd powder should be mixed and a tsp ful taken twice a day will check the progress of diabetes. It should be taken for a couple of months.

Amla health benefit for the heart

India gooseberry is good for the heart. It strengthens the heart muscles. The ayurcure website says that, in clinical trials, feeding of Amla to the hypercholesterolemic rabbits for 12 weeks showed a two pronged effect, its feeding increased the lipid mobilization and catabolism and retarded the deposition of lipids in the extrahepatic tissues. Feeding of E. officinalis initially raised the plasma lipids and cholesterol levels but by the end of 12 weeks, their levels were reduced significantly below the levels in the control group. At the University of Delhi and the University of Rajasthan in India, two separate studies revealed that Amla also seems to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels (Jacob 1988; Mathur 1996).

Natural remedy for Digestion

Gooseberry has anti-inflammatory properties and is hence used in various gastrointestinal tract inflammations such as gastritis. It contains natural digestive enzymes and hence aids digestion. A decoction prepared from the dry fruit combined with Harida (Terminalia chebula) and Bahada (Terminalia belerica) is useful in chronic dysentery and biliousness, in doses of 1 oz. once or twice daily.

Prevents pre-mature ageing

The fruit, being a powerful antioxidant, helps to protect the cells against free radical damage and helps to prevent premature ageing. It has revitalising effects. It improves the immune system and builds resistance against infection. It promotes vigour and vitality in the body.

Natural remedy for the hair

It is one of the world's oldest, natural hair conditioners and has been accepted traditionally as a hair tonic. It helps hair growth and prevents premature greying of hair. It nourishes the hair and strengthens the root, and thus prevents hair-fall while keeping it free from dandruff.

Good for Dyspepsia

In clinical studies,when the therapeutic efficacy of gooseberry in cases of dyspepsia was evaluated, the results indicated the efficacy of E.officialinis in relieving dyspeptic symptoms as well as in promoting healing of ulcers. Gooseberry also benefits people with burning sensation in abdominal and cardiac regions.

Health benefits of Amla juice

Amla health benefits and home remedies
Indian Gooseberry/Amla

Amla juice has a very unicode-bidiue taste. It has a combination of sour, bitter and astringent taste. It is quite tasty once you get used to it. And ofcourse very nutritious.