Ayurveda and Science

Amla/आंवला/Emblica officinalis/Indian Gooseberry/Amlaki


Hindi Name: Amla
Sanskrit Name: Amlaki
English Name: Indian Gooseberry
Latin Name: Emblica officinalis Linn
A middle sized deciduous tree with green globose fruits found wild throughout tropical India. The tree is extensively cultivated these days in many parts of India for its fruits.

Amla Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Indian Gooseberry has been given a prominent place in Ayurveda. In ancient India it was believed that Ambrosia (heavenly nectar) contained all rasas thereby, it could impart immortality. In that sense Amlaki and Hareetaki stand next by exhibiting five rasas. Therefore, Gooseberry is considered a "Rasayana" bestowed with anti-aging effects. Enthusiastic investigations on Amla substantiate almost all of its acclaimed properties. It has been identified to be a potent antioxidant, immunomodulatory, antistress etc. Apart from its medicinal use. It also finds an important place in traditional hair and skin care formulations. Its cytoprotective role has been investigated in detail. For Ayurveda Amlaki is considered to be a nature"s boon.

There are numerous Amla benefits and uses as follows:

  • Improves Immunity

    Amla benefits include antibacterial & astringent properties which help improve the body's immunity system. Indian Gooseberry also increases white blood cells which help flush out the toxins from the body.

  • Hair Care

    Amla is used in a lot of shampoos and conditioners owing to its rich antioxidant & iron content. Indian Gooseberry contains high levels of Vitamin C which helps reduce hair fall. It also strengthens the roots & maintains hair color. Antibacterial properties of Amla helps fight dandruff.

  • Reduces Stress

    Amla is a great stress reliever which helps induce sleep and relieve headaches.

  • Eye Care

    Amla is rich in carotene content which is well known for its powerful effect on vision-related conditions. Formulation made of Indian Gooseberry and Honey helps to improve eyesight, near-sightedness, and cataracts.

  • Respiratory Health

    Amla proves beneficial against respiratory disorders. It helps to reduce cough, tuberculosis, throat infections and flu.

  • Treats Anemia

    Amla is a rich source of iron, deficiency of which causes anemia.

  • Blood Purifier

    Amla acts as an active blood purifier when consumed with honey.

  • Diuretic

    Amla is also diuretic in nature. It means that Indian Gooseberry helps increase the volume and frequency of urination which improves the elimination of toxins from the body. Know more on detoxification .

  • Improve Digestion

    Amla is rich in dietary fiber which helps improve the overall digestion process.

  • Absorbs Calcium

    Amla benefits also include absorbing calcium which is an essential element for teeth, bones & hair.

  • Anti-aging

    Amla reduces the number of free radicals in the body through its antioxidant properties. It helps reduce wrinkles, dark circles and other signs of aging. It also protects the body from radiation.

  • Improves Mental Functions

    Daily consumption of Amla helps improves nerve health facilitating proper blood flow. It helps to prevent diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Indian Gooseberry also helps improve concentration power and memory skills.

  • Weight Management

    Amla is known to boost metabolism which helps reduce body fat. It is recommended to add Amla in one's daily diet.

  • Skin Care

    Amla helps flush out the harmful toxins from the body reducing skin blemishes. The astringent properties of Indian Gososeberry help tighten the pores, giving you clear and healthy skin.

Chemical Composition

The fruit juice is reported to contain nearly 20 times as much vitamin C as orange juice. Every 100 gm edible fruit provides 470-680 mg of Vitamin C. Fruit contains moisture, protein, fat, minerals, fibers and carbohydrate. Its mineral and vitamin contents include calcium, Phosphorous, iron, carotene, carbohydrate, thiamine, riboflavin besides vitamin C.

A recent study on Amla attributes its strong antioxidant properties to its small molecular weight tannoid complexes.

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