by Shanice Miranda, Cora Health
Amla, also called Indian Gooseberry has recently gained popularity amongst health-driven folks but goes way back in time when it comes to Indian traditions like Ayurveda. It may be referred to as ‘divyashauda’, or divine medicine due to its positive impact on the physical and mental health of those who incorporate this green fruit into their lifestyles. This medicinal plant, Phyllanthusemblica, or Amalaki holds great significance in Hindu literature and is even worshipped during ‘Amalaki Ekadashi’. It is also a part of the rituals that make up the Hindu month ‘Kartik’ and is offered to Lord Shiva to counter imbalances of the vata, kapha and pitta.
Many of us have an amla plant right in our very own households but do not understand how to make full use of it. It can have four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange and eight times that of a tomato. Due to this and other properties, the juice of this fruit has the potential to rejuvenate, provide protection against dangerous diseases and keep the detrimental signs of ageing at bay!
Let’s go through some of the specific advantages the juice of this wondrous fruit can offer-
1. Amla Juice Will Boost Your Immunity
The high content of vitamin A and C enhances the production of white blood cells in the body which help fight harmful bacteria, viruses, antigens and other toxins. It is also enriched with powerful antioxidants, calcium, iron, phosphorous, carotene, vitamin B, protein and fiber 1) that support our immune system.
2. It Can Make You Glow
This juice can be utilized as a natural remedy for glowing skin as it detoxes our blood, combats acne, fine lines, scars and pigmentation. It increases the production of collagen and leaves the skin looking fresh and blemish-free! (2)
3. Get Silky, Strong Hair
Amla juice has been a handed-down herbal remedy for silky, smooth hair for generations. It may be effective against dandruff, premature grey hairs and is even a natural hair straightener (goodbye heat-damage!). The juice might also stimulate the hair follicles, thereby reducing vexing issues like hair fall while assisting in hair growth.
4. Amla Helps Your Liver
The purifying characteristic of amla juice is complemented by the presence of phytochemicals that improve liver function. Some of these are quercetin, gallic acid, corilagin and ellagic acid. (3) It may also help avoid conditions that affect the liver like hyperlipidemia and metabolic disorders.
5. Revitalize Your Gut
Amla, being chock-a-block with fiber might act as a natural laxative and allows healthy bowel movements, relieves constipation, and may also counter the problematic effects of irritable bowel syndrome. Reports have shown evidence of a link between our gut and our mental health so it is ideal for both the body and the mind.
6. Anti-Ageing Benefits
Who doesn’t want to look younger? Amla juice might be as close to an ‘elixir of life’ as we can get with all its anti-ageing potential. The regular consumption of this will load you up on all the vitamins and antioxidants you need to slow down the natural process of getting older. It intensifies the renewal of cells and collagen in the body, leaving your outsides along with your insides feeling youthful.
How to Consume Amla Juice:
- To a glass of water, add 30 ml of amla juice. You can add honey/salt/ sugar to enhance the taste. Consume every morning on an empty stomach for all the mentioned benefits!
- For smooth, shiny hair- Add some amla juice to your scalp and let dry for 30 minutes. Rinse this off with lukewarm water and get ready for some stunning hair flips.
- Mix the diluted juice with honey or apply it directly to your skin to get a natural glow.