Amla or Indian gooseberry is a tree that is famous for its nutrient rich fruits. It has been a common ingredient in the ancient Indian medicinal practice too. It is low in Saturated Fats, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamin C. Amla contains good amount of Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene, Vitamin B
Complex, Protein, Carbohydrates, Cholesterol and Sodium, making it super. Because it is so versatile, it has become a favourite among the health conscious people.
Amla helps in many ways; Slows Down Ageing, Cures A Sore Throat, Fights Against Heart Disease, increases metabolic rate, aids weight loss, prevents tooth decay, controls blood sugar, Reduces Blood Sugar, Boosts Immunity, Prevents Formation Of Gall Bladder Stones, Prevents Ulcers. Is Anti-
Inflammatory, Improves Eyesight, Purifies Blood, Strengthens Bones, Cools The Body, Prevents Constipation, Reduces The Risk Of Cancer , just to name a few..
So try and incorporate amla in daily household cooking. Use amla as candy, amla chutney, add amla to dal and sambhar to bring variety in flavours instead of tamarind can be used as part of fresh salads too. One amla a day is sufficient to get the maximum health benefits.
Any ingredient which is so super for health, why consume in right amount? Amla when consumed in high quantities can worsen acidity, can lead to sore mouth or ulceration, can reduce blood sugar to very low levels, skin dryness and even headaches. So if you are a diabetic, hypertensive, or have
constipation consult a nutritionist for the right way of consuming amla for maximum health benefits.
— By Ms. Pariksha Rao
M Sc in Advanced Human Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition (Delhi University).
Diploma in Clinical Research and Clinical Behaviour Science
Senior Clinical Nutritionist & Wellness Coach
Mindfulness Expert – Diabetes (UK)
International Diabetes Federation certified Diabetes Educator.