Amazing amla


Deepika Rathod

The superfood of the season, the Indian gooseberry or amla is a powerful ingredient when it comes to improving health, boosting the immune system, and getting clear skin and stronger hair. 

It is a rich tangy fruit that is generally available during the winter season. Nowadays it is available around the year in the form of juice or powder. It is so rich in taste that if you bite into one you will experience a burst of flavours in your mouth – pungent, tangy, bitter, sweet, and astringent. This superfood is a powerhouse of goodness, packed with multi-nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins such as vitamin C and E. Some of its phytochemicals namely gallic acid, ellagic acid, pyrogallol, corilagin, geraniin, etc possess antineoplastic properties. That means it acts to prevent, inhibit or halt the development of a neoplasm (tumour). 

There are many health benefits of amla concerning health, hair and skin. Let’s have a look:

For health: 

►Vitamin C and antioxidants play an important role in boosting immunity. It also helps in cooling the body.

►It’s a good source of iron and in India, a majority of women suffer from iron deficiency and anaemia. People who aren’t allergic to sour food can incorporate amla into their diet to help fight anaemia and build immunity.

►Antioxidants, vitamin E and carotene from amla also help fight free radicals that are responsible for early ageing and they reduce the oxidative stress from the body.

►Amla aids in digestion and is rich in fibre, and helps control constipation. It also helps in reducing the high levels of stomach acid and this gives a soothing effect to your tummy and controls bloating. It’s also an excellent coolant which can help you during

the summer.

►Its vitamin C contents help build up resistance against respiratory track diseases such as cough, cold, sore throat, etc.

►Its taste helps in overcoming nausea. Plus it also acts as a great appetiser because you tend to salivate more after having amla which in turn improves the taste buds and digestive enzymes in the body.

►For those who have bleeding gums, foul breath, or yellowish teeth, amla will be helpful. Use one or two tablespoons of amla juice for rinsing, swishing, and gargling to help overcome these issues.

►It also helps in speeding up the metabolism and aids in weight loss.

For hair: 

►Phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals present in amla help in increasing the scalp circulation and stimulate healthy growth. 

►Vitamin C present in amla produces collagen proteins that help in stimulating hair growth, both length and volume-wise. Collagen replaces all the dead cells of hair follicles with new hair cells. Plus it cures dryness and accumulation

of dandruff.

►One amla contains almost 81.2 per cent of moisture content, so people with dry hair are benefited as well. Moreover, if you have oily hair, use amla powder, it will soak in all the excess oil present on your scalp, cleanse it well and condition it.

►Amla and its anti-microbial properties will not just banish hair odour but it will also remove the germs in your hair. 

For skin:

►Amla helps in boosting collagen production which in turn helps to keep your skin smooth and young as well as blemish-free.

►It’s a natural blood purifier and also fights toxins so if you are drinking a cup of amla juice you are boosting vitamins and minerals in the body that purify your blood and have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that keep your skin clear.

►The vitamin C content present in amla helps in reducing dark spots and brightening the skin. It also helps in toning and tightening of the skin.