What is Amla?
The best way to describe amla is that it is a fruit which has a sour and bitter taste. It is light green in colour and is small and round in shape. It is present in many of the ayurvedic products due to many of the wonderful effects it has on our health and well-being.
For some, the idea of eating a fresh amla may be too much of a challenge. Let’s face it, the taste is very sour. While there are those who can accomplish this task, I’m sure it is an acquired taste that has been built up over time. Nevertheless, don’t be dis-heartened, you can enjoy this wonderful fruit due to the fact that it can be consumed in several other ways that are more palatable to the tongue. For example, in capsule, liquid or paste form.
Free radicals are chemicals in the body that cause harm by damaging cells. Normally there is a natural level of free radicals in the body. However, factors such as smoking, pollution, and an unhealthy lifestyle can increase the concentration of free radicals.
Antioxidants, on the other hand are the good guys that prevent or slow down this cell damage. Natural antioxidants are mainly present in fruits and vegetables and the compounds mostly found in these are vitamin A, C and E.
Amla has the highest concentration of vitamin C amongst all the foods! A glass of amla juice contains 20 times more vitamin C than a glass of orange juice. No wonder it is amongst the top ingredients in many of the ayurvedic preparations. Let’s look below at some of the wonderful benefits of this fruit.
Skin Care – Those suffering from dull complexion should regularly drink amla juice. The vitamin C and antioxidants present in amla will brighten the skin and give it a natural glow. Also as we age, the collagen and elastin in our skin start degrading. But because amla has a rich source of vitamin C, it helps combat this and helps our skin to maintain the suppleness and tightness where wrinkles and fine lines appear less profound.
It doesn’t stop there, those suffering pigmentation, acne and pimples should also look towards amla. Drinking amla juice or applying a paste made from amla will decrease the appearance of spots and pimples. It has natural cleansing properties and will ensure your skin is kept clean and flawless.
Hair Care – Amla enriches hair, it strengthens the roots and gives volume to otherwise thinning hair. Due to its antioxidant properties, it doesn’t allow free radical to damage hair follicles. You can eat an amla daily or apply amla oil or even create an amla paste and apply this to your hair.
Constipation – This can be really painful and an embarrassing problem. Amla is an excellent cure for this. It helps to break down and digest food. Stools are loosened and can pass easily. Reducing constipation has many benefits, it makes passing of stool less painful to begin with! But also it prevents other forms of colorectal disorders as well.
Toxins – Amla has wonderful anti-bacterial properties. Regular intake of amla will make the body more resistant to diseases. Consumption of alcohol and unhealthy eating habits allow the build-up of large amounts of toxins in our body. Amla helps remove these toxins and strengthens the immune system.
Weight Loss – Are you tired of taking expensive weight loss pills that do not simply work? Well in that case you should definitely add amla to your diet. Amla boosts the body’s metabolism rate. Faster metabolism means faster break-down of food which doesn’t allow the build-up of fat. Furthermore, because it speeds up the digestion, it means harmful toxins are flushed out immediately and cannot accumulate causing unwanted weight gain.
Take my word, if you are looking to improve your health and appearance then amla is definitely one of those fruits which you must incorporate in your diet. The above are only some of the benefits this wonderful fruit provides. There are so many others that you would be unwise not to try this gift from mother nature.