Amla – Tales of the wonderberry
Updated: Apr 13, 2022
If an Apple a day keeps the doctor away then so does Amla. Amla [Emblica Officinalis, or emblic myrobalan], is called Amalaki in Sanskrit and Indian gooseberry in English, and it grows on a flowering tree of the same name. The small berries are round and yellow-green in color and can be quite sour on their own. These wondrous berries are also a common ingredient among most Indian households - in the form of pickles, juices, dried or sweetened candies, and much more. But, have you ever wondered what makes this wonderberry so wonderful?
Amla is a hardy drought-resistant fruit tree, and it also doesn’t get affected much by flood-like water stagnation as well. Amla is an excellent source of Vitamin C among others. Its special attribute is its capacity to retain Vitamin C even in the dried state which is not possible for any other fruit. The Vitamin C supplied by this fruit, both in fresh or dried form, is much superior to synthetic Vitamin C.
Amla fruit pulp is packed with the goodness of nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, iron, fiber, mineral, Vitamin B and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important nutrient for human beings as it is necessary for the synthesis of the intercellular cementing substance which is responsible for keeping cells of the body together. The amla fruit is reported to contain nearly 20 times as much vitamin C as orange juice. The edible amla fruit tissue has 3 times the protein concentration and 160 times the ascorbic acid concentration of an apple. The fruit also contains a higher concentration of most minerals and amino acids than apples.
Ayurveda, which is the oldest health system in the world, appreciates and uses amla to treat a host of diseases and promote positive health. Ayurvedic healers recognized the goodness of this fruit long ago, but we can’t be entirely sure when they started using it for the first time. The historical records tell us they have been using Amla in remedies for at least 1,000 years. Amla is perhaps the single most often mentioned herb in "Charak Samhita", the Ayurvedic medicine literature (500 BC).
Amla is a key ingredient in ayurvedic medicines used for curing issues like inflammation, constipation, blood purification, maintaining a healthy heart, enhancing intellect, assisting in curing cough and cold, managing healthy sugar levels in diabetics, relieving hyperacidity, and treating sleep disorders or insomnia. Amla is also effective in flushing out toxins, and enhancing immunity, strengthening eyes, hair, and improving skin texture and elasticity.
Amla is also studied for its effects on the growth of cancer cells and was found to be effective in treating different kinds of cancer cells. Amla may rightly be called the ‘King of Rasayana’ (rejuvenator).
Be sure to include this powerfruit into your daily diet in any form you like. For people on the go, there is an easy way to consume the goodness of this fruit. Amla can be found in an easy-to-consume form in our Naturevox Immunovox, Angiovox, and Glucovox Tablets.