A Brief Introduction Of Amla
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Today, I would like to give you a brief introduction of Amla - one of the strongest, whole-food superfoods around.
You’re not alone if you haven’t heard of this special little berry before.
Grown in India, the Middle East, and other southern Asian countries, Amla is not a superfood buzzword that has hit the radio or TV airwaves.
But it will—and probably sooner than you may think.
This tiny, greenish berry is packed full of the nutrition your body needs to stay healthy and fit.
But it’s not just about health …
Amla is the most talked about fruit in Ayurvedic medicine—since its powers spread a lot further than just simple health improvements.
It has been used for centuries (over 5,000 years) to treat a wide variety of health conditions and diseases.
Amla may be useful in preventing (or improving) conditions such as:
• Respiratory diseases
• Type 2 diabetes
• Intestinal inflammation
• High cholesterol
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Skin inflammation
• Skin trauma
• Kidney health
• Liver conditions
• And cancer
And that’s just getting things started. Women in India often use Amla juice or powder to get longer and stronger hair … detox their skin … and replenish the youthful look that may have been stolen from the years of aging.
That’s just how powerful this hidden fruit may be.
The Healing Powers Of Amla
As previously mentioned, Amla is a fruit that has been used for over 5,000 years in Ayurvedic medicine to ward off illness and improve your health.
Women and men swear by Amla powder, not only to give them a boost in energy, but to reverse the aging process in their skin, nails, and hair.
That’s why Amla is often referred to as the “king” of antioxidants—due to the healing and health-improving benefits found in this tiny berry.
And although you may not have heard of Amla before, let me reassure you that you will in the future.
This powerful berry is:
• 75X stronger than Goji berries
• 60X stronger than pomegranates
• 50X stronger than raw blueberries
• 13X stronger than black raspberries
• 2.5X stronger than Acai berries
• 2X stronger than Turmeric
Amla, hands-down, may be the strongest, most powerful whole-food antioxidant around.
This antioxidant powerhouse contains an ample supply of vitamin A, B, and C, ellagic acid, polyphenols, omega-3 fatty acids … the list goes on and on.
That’s why it’s important for you to get more antioxidant-rich Amla into your diet.
The Many Different Forms Of Amla—Which One Is Right For You?
Even though Amla is a berry that you can enjoy raw, there are many ways to enjoy Amla besides grabbing a handful and snacking on them.
Amla comes in juice form … in oil form … and as a powder, so you can enjoy Amla every day if you’d like.
In fact, Amla powder may already come in many products that you buy today. If you like to dye your hair … oftentimes Amla powder has already been added.
Some of the skincare products you use may already contain Amla oil, which may be responsible for your radiant-looking skin.
Now, in order to gain all the antioxidant power of Amla, it’s best to drink it as a juice (less fiber so its rapidly absorbed by your body) or in powdered form, which also contains the antioxidant power you would expect if you were eating it raw.
Let’s take a quick look at the importance of antioxidants and the role they play in your body and your health.
What Antioxidants Can Do For Your Body
Antioxidants, which are powerful molecules that improve health, are very important components of plant-based foods.
These powerful nutrients block the activity of free radicals in your body, thus improving your health.
Free radicals, which are unstable cells and a byproduct of cellular activity, may course through your body, running into healthy cells along the way.
This simple act may cause damage to healthy cells, therefore activating an immune response by your body.
The result (in simple terms): an increase in inflammation—and lots of it.
Chronic inflammation has been associated with the development of many different diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and type 2 Diabetes.
That’s why it’s important to lower inflammation by controlling damage from free radicals.
One way to stop free radical activity is by consuming more antioxidant-rich foods, like Amla, in order to flush your body with powerful nutrients that seek and destroy free radicals.
Why plant-based foods? Studies suggest that plant-based food may contain 64X more antioxidants compared to meat.
Now that you understand antioxidants and how they improve your health, let’s take a look at how Amla may lead to better health and a reduced risk for chronic diseases.
The Antioxidant Power Of Amla
Amla is one of the richest whole-food sources of antioxidants! Many of the top superfoods don’t even come close to the antioxidant power found in Amla.
Packed full of vitamin C, A, E, and B, plus fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, ellagic acid, and other powerful nutrients, Amla may improve your health by leaps and bounds.
Amla also contains tannins, which may aid in the restoration of hair loss, or give you stronger, longer hair.
Here are some other surprising nutritional benefits you may get from consuming Amla:
Lower Cholesterol and blood pressure—the potent vitamins and minerals may lower total and LDL cholesterol, which may have a positive (lowering) effect on blood pressure numbers.
Boosts weight loss—Amla contains chromium, a nutrient that enhances carbohydrate metabolism. Ultimately, the chromium may speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight.
Controls blood sugar—the chromium may also regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating the pancreas to secret insulin. This could lower blood sugar, therefore protecting against diabetes.
Protects against cancer—the powerful nutrients found in Amla may protect against certain forms of cancer, namely lung and breast cancer.
Anti-inflammatory—the powerful vitamins and minerals may lower inflammation levels, therefore protecting health and lowering disease risk.
Enhances Kidney health—certain vitamins found in Amla may protect against kidney stones and could improve kidney function.
As you can see, Amla is extremely powerful and may single-handedly improve many different facets of your health.
However, there is one down side …
Due to the high vitamin C content, Amla may be very sour or bitter, preventing many people from enjoying this fruit.
However, we have taken Amla and made it taste awesome. By combining antioxidant-rich Amla with dark Oolong green tea leaves, we have eliminated the bitter taste and replaced it with a mild tea that dances on your tastebuds. If you’re looking for an easy introduction of Amla, then Amla Green Tea is the answer.
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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