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Amla – The potent herb with healing properties
Indian gooseberry, or amla (the scientific names Phyllanthus emblica and Emblica officinalis), is a fruit that grows natively in parts of Asia. It has several culinary and herbal medicine uses, particularly in its native India. The fruit is rich in vitamin C and often purported to have potential antioxidant and heart-health benefits. Amla fruit is about the size of a golf ball and and is light green in color with a pit in the middle. It also has 3 out of the six Ayurvedic flavors/tastes – sour, bitter, and astringent.
Amla has many potential benefits and studies in works for its possible effects.
Amla for heartburn – Sixty-eight patients who had classic symptoms of GERD (heartburn, regurgitation and epigastralgia) for at least three months before the start of the trial were randomized in two parallel groups. Patients in the Amla group received two 500 mg Amla powder twice a day, after meals, for 4 weeks and had significant reduction in regurgitation frequency, heartburn frequency, regurgitation severity and heartburn severity during the study period.¹
Amla for aging – Amla is very rich in vitamin C and may help in preventing the breakdown of collagen that acts as a flexible protein matrix in your skin and soft tissues. It is also great for Healthy hair vision and nails fun to its anti-oxidant.²
Amla for immune health – Indian gooseberry may have some immune supporting properties due to its vitamin C content. A single Indian gooseberry contains approximately 600–800% of the Daily Value (DV) for this vitamin. Its anti-oxidant properties work to support cellular damage and inflammation. Vitamin C may help bolster your immune system help swallow up harmful invaders.³
If you have bleeding disorders or or are taking blood thinners you should talk to your healthcare provider before eating Indian gooseberry, drinking it as a tea, or taking it as a supplement.
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