Amla or Indian gooseberry is the subtropical fruit of a tree of the same name, Known botanically as Phyllanthus Emblica. The taste of Indian emblic is sour, bitter and astringent, and it is quite fibrous. In India, it is common to eat emblic steeped in salt water and red chilli powder to make the sour fruits palatable.
Pratapgarh is one of the largest producers and suppliers of Indian gooseberry. The amla fruit is eaten raw or cooked into various dishes. In Pratapgarh, tender varieties are used to prepare dal and amla ka murabbah, a sweet dish made by soaking the berries in sugar syrup until they are candied. It is traditionally consumed after meals. The fruit is the richest source of Vitamin C and is a diuretic, aperient, Laxative and hair dye. It cures insomnia and is healthy for hair.
It is also used as the cardio protective, useful in hemorrhage, menorrhagia, leucorrhoea and discharge of blood from the uterus. Amla powder and oil are used traditionally in Ayurvedic applications for the treatment of scalp. Amla power improves immunity and gives physical strength. It improves complexion and removes wrinkles.
Amla is also used to treat constipation and is used as a cooling agent to reduce the effects of sunstrokes and sun burn It is the main ingredient used in the shampoo. Amla oil is used all over the world. Amla is used in sauces, candy, dried chips, pickles, jellies and powder. It is even used in the dyeing industry. It extracts is popularly used in the ink. Amla wood is commonly used in a firework.
There are many benefits of Amla mentioned below:
1. Remedy to treat cough and flu as well as mouth ulcers
According to a Delhi based weight management expert, Dr. Gargi Sharma, amla juice can be taken as a powerful home remedy to treat cough and flu as well as mouth ulcers. Two teaspoons of amla juice with equal portions of honey consumed every day can help a great deal in treating cold and cough. Mix a couple of teaspoons in water and gargle with it twice a day to get rid of mouth ulcers.
2. Reduce cholesterol Level
Regular consumption of amla juice helps in reducing cholesterol levels. Amino acids and antioxidants aid in the overall functioning of heart.
3. Helpful in Managing Diabetes
Amla is also helpful in managing diabetes better as well as respiratory ailments like asthma.
4. Power house of Nutrition
Along with Vitamin C, amla is also rich in iron, calcium, phosphorous and hence can be taken as a complete nutritional drink.
5. Promotes Hair Health
The biggest hair problems that people face are alopecia (hair loss) and hair thinning. This is most often caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, among other vitamins. The vitamin C in Indian gooseberry has been clinically proven to promote hair growth and improve hair health.
6. Promotes Eye Health
The vitamin C in amla fights bacteria and guards the eye against conjunctivitis and other eye infections. Consuming Indian gooseberry regularly helps improve vision health. It also makes the eye muscles stronger and provides relaxation to the eyes when they are tired and stressed.
7. May Help Fight Cancer
The powerful antioxidants in the Indian gooseberry fight oxidative stress and eliminate free radicals from the body, thereby cutting down the risk of cancer.
8. It burns fat
Nutritionists say amla boosts metabolism too, making one shed weight faster. Amla has high fiber content and acids like tannic which help relieve constipation and make you look less bloated.
9. It builds immunity
Amla’s antibacterial and astringent properties boost one’s immune system. A significant number of health problems including cancer are caused by oxidative damage –when body cells use oxygen, they leave harmful by-products called free radicals behind. Considering amla is a potent antioxidant agent, it can prevent and repair the damage.
10. It Improves skin
Amla is the best anti-aging fruit. Drinking amla juice with honey every morning can give you blemish-free, healthy and glowing skin.