7 Powerful Uses Of Amla Powder
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
If you want to talk about a powerhouse of nutrition, you would have to include Amla (or Amla powder) in the conversation.
This tiny, green berry is packed full of the nutrients to keep you healthy and fit.
Whether you enjoy the fruit raw … as a juice … or even in the powdered form, you’re going to get unsurpassed nutrition that could lower inflammation, improve your immunity, and even help you lose a few pounds, if you so desire.
There may be really no illness … ailment … or condition that Amla may not be able to improve.
In fact, this potent berry has been used for over 5,000 years as form of medicine to treat a number of different ailments in Ayurveda.
The Strength Of Amla Powder
If you haven’t heard of Amla and it's benefits before, you’re not alone. This powerful superfood is not readily available in the United States, which means some people may not be familiar with it.
However, those living in India, the Middle East, or even Asia know full well what this powerful fruit can do for your health.
As mentioned before, Amla has been used to treat a number of different health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.
But its use is not limited to these health conditions alone.
Oftentimes it is found in hair care products … hair dyes … even certain teas, like Amla Green Tea.
But the strength of Amla lies in the antioxidant power of this tiny berry. Amla is often referred to as the “king” of whole-food antioxidants, leaving other favorites, like blueberries, raspberries, pomegranates, and Acai berry, in the dust.
It may also be stronger than some of the antioxidant-rich herbs, such as oregano and turmeric.
With a high antioxidant score, this berry may ward off many of the chronic illnesses that plaque our society today.
Now, there are many different ways that you can enjoy this rather bitter, sour, and sometimes sweet fruit.
Obviously, you can eat Amla raw, which is best during the peak autumn time when the fruit is at its freshest and ripest.
You may also be able to enjoy Amla as a freshly made juice by combining Amla concentrate (fresh Amla that has been de-seeded, blended, than strained) with water.
But the most popular way, and possibly the most economical choice, would be to use Amla powder.
This may be the most popular way to consume Amla, and you still get the same concentration of antioxidants as you would with fresh Amla or the juice.
7 Popular Benefits Of Amla
Besides boosting your immunity, fighting off chronic diseases, and improving your skin and hair, Alma powder has many other uses.
The following 7 uses of Amla should be enough to get you to include Amla powder into your everyday nutrition plan:
1. Strengthens Blood Vessels
You may not know this, but you need vitamin C in order to repair many of cells, organs, and vessels in your body.
Vitamin C helps to produce collagen, an important protein that helps grow and repair skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments … even blood vessels.
This could help strengthen your circulatory system, therefore reducing your heart disease risk when you use Amla powder.
Amla, which is one of the highest sources of vitamin C (even more than oranges), may provide your body with everything it needs to improve the health of your blood vessels.
2. Reduces Heart Disease Risk
Heart disease kills more men and women worldwide than any other disease. But Amla may be able to lower your risk, therefore keeping your heart strong and healthy.
Amla powder has been shown to reduce total and LDL cholesterol levels, therefore protecting your heart from a future heart attack.
Plus, the antioxidants may also lower inflammation, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Inflammation is a hallmark of many different chronic diseases. It may also be one of the main reasons why it’s harder for you to lose weight.
That’s why it’s recommended that your lower inflammation by including more antioxidant-rich foods into your diet, like Amla powder.
Thanks to the high levels of vitamin C and other antioxidants and polyphenols, Amla may lower inflammation and reduce cell damage that is often associated with chronic inflammation.
4. Improved Skin Health
As you get older, your skin may lose its youthful look and luster. But the rich vitamin C found in Amla may be able to help;
Vitamin C may brighten your skin, giving you a natural glow. Plus, the nutrients found in Amla may tighten and tone your skin, leaving it soft and firm.
Amla may also reduce pigmentation, which could eliminate dark or age spots from occurring.
Combine Amla powder with a little hot water to make a paste and spread it on your skin. Leave for 45 minutes to an hour and rinse off with water.
You may notice a difference in as little as 7 days.
5. Maintains Digestion and Regularity
Some people may experience issues with constipation—or hard stools that may be impossible to pass.
However, thanks to the high fiber content found in Amla, constipation may be a thing of the past. Besides maintaining regularity, the fiber found in Amla may improve your digestion.
6. Combats High Blood Sugar
Excessively high blood sugar levels could eventually lead to diabetes.
But Amla may be able to help. This powerful little berry may naturally lower blood sugar levels.
It does this by activating the pancreas to increase insulin production, therefore lowering or even stabilizing blood sugar levels using Amla powder.
7. Strengthens Hair
If you’re suffering from brittle, thinning hair … Amla may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Used for centuries as a way to strengthen your hair, Amla contain nutrients that condition the hair follicles and scalp, therefore stimulating hair growth.
Amla may also be a natural 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, which could also stimulate hair growth.
Applying Amla to your hair every day could lead to a full head of long, luscious, radiant-looking hair.
The Power Of Amla Powder
Amla powder may be one of the easiest and most economical ways to get Amla every day. However, just like the fruit and the juice, it may be very bitter, sour … or just tough to swallow.
All that’s about the change with one cup of Amla Green Tea! We have taken the strongest, purest form of Amla powder and combined it with Oolong Green Tea leaves to give you the strongest, most antioxidant-rich cup of tea around.
Not only are you going to gain the same powerful uses of Amla, you’re also going to flush your body with powerful antioxidants that only Oolong Green Tea Leaves can deliver.
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.
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