8 Secrets about Amla Modern Medicine is Just Discovering
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Living longer and feeling better while doing it is a goal of modern medicine. But, today’s doctors are frequently looking backward and searching ancient knowledge to find the key to a long, healthy and happy life.
Now modern researchers have discovered amla as one of the most important medicinal plants in the ancient Indian tradition of medicine, Ayurveda. For over one thousand years this plant has been used to treat different diseases, but the most crucial part of amla is the fruit - a small, tart berry.
Modern-day Doctors are Just Now Discovering the Benefits of This Ancient “Super fruit”
The ancient healers referred to amla as “Amalaki,” the Sanskrit name which translates to “nurse” or “immortality,” for a very good reason. They used it to successfully heal various illnesses and maintain vital health and wellness. Here’s what they knew about amla that today’s researchers are just now finding out.
Cure the common cold faster.
How? Amla is one of the richest sources of vitamin C on the planet. In fact, A 100-gram serving of fresh amla berries contains as much vitamin C as 20 oranges. Vitamin C not only helps make your blood vessels stronger and thicker, but it can also reduce the duration of the common cold.
Grow hair like Rapunzel.
How? We bet you didn’t see hair growth as a benefit, but the ancients knew the secret to a luxurious mane was a diet plentiful with amla berries. Modern-day research shows that amla blocks a specific enzyme involved in hair loss and promotes healthy cell growth in hair follicles.
Enhance your weight loss efforts.
How? You might be working out hard to reduce your weight. Including amla in your diet can help improve metabolism and aid in faster digestion. Plus, if taken in the form of a green tea, it acts as an appetite suppressant for more effective intermittent fasting.
Give your skin that natural, healthy glow.
How? This wonder berry is known to be the best anti-aging fruit according to traditional Indian medicine. Amla has been shown in studies to reverse the signs of photoaging and UV radiation damage. In other words, amla can act as a natural skincare ingredient and preserve your skin's youth by fighting both UV sun damage and oxidative stress!
Gain eyes like a hawk.
How? Amla is rich in vitamin A, which is key to improving your eye health. It not only improves vision, but it also may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Go for better gut health.
How? From constipation to bloating, amla can help settle your tummy issues. A study by the European Journal of Cancer Prevention explains that amla's rich fiber helps regulate bowel movements and makes it easier to digest the food we eat. It also ensures that the nutrients in our food are absorbed by the body properly.
Win trivia game night, every time.
How? The phytonutrients and antioxidants in amla fight against free radicals that can attack and damage your brain cells. Amla's high concentration of Vitamin C also helps your body produce norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter believed to improve brain function. Okay, so maybe you won’t win trivia night every time, but it will definitely increase your chances.
Flex your immune system.
How? One of the most fascinating aspects of alma is its ability to fight cancer. It goes beyond powerful antioxidants' ability to reduce oxidation (a common risk factor in cancer). Extensive lab tests show promising results on the cellular level in the fight against cancer. Plus, amla is well known to help manage diabetes, inflammation, and other chronic issues. Amla has almost twice the antioxidant power of acai berry, and about 17 times that of the pomegranate, so there is no easier way to boost up your immunity.
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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.
- Cyrus Khambatta