Amla Benefits And Side Effects
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
As you know, Amla (Indian Gooseberry) is a very powerful fruit that could hold both medicinal and health benefits.
But what you may not know about this powerful superfood, are all the possible benefits it could have on your health and vitality.
In fact, most people may be completely unaware this this tiny berry, grown in India, the Middle East, and some other southern Asian countries, could improve their health in leaps and bounds.
The antioxidants! You see, the ORAC scale (a measure of how much antioxidant power a food has), ranks this berry close to the top, surpassing popular berries such as blueberries, Goji berries, and Acai berry.
It even surpassed spices like Turmeric, ginger, and garlic in antioxidant power!
But, before we go any further, let’s briefly talk about Amla and the antioxidant power that it contains.
Amla: The Antioxidant-Rich Superfood
As mentioned earlier, Amla is a green berry that is grown in India, the Middle East, and other southern Asian countries.
Amla has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 5,000 years as a way to ward off chronic diseases and revive, rejuvenate, and vastly improve your health.
The secret to Amla’s power lies in its high antioxidant levels. Amla contains a high concentration of vitamin C, therefore enabling this food to give your immune system a boost.
Plus, it contains gallic acid, which could help to ward off different forms of cancer and bacteria.
The combination of vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and tannins may ward off damage from free radicals, leading to lower inflammation levels.
Free radicals, which are rogue cells in your body, tend to damage healthy cells and trigger an immune response and higher inflammation.
In the short-term, this may not be such a bad thing. However, free radical levels may increase (due to a poor diet), which could lead to more damage and a chronic inflammation signal.
Simply put, this means that you may always have high inflammation levels, which could increase your risk for developing different chronic diseases.
One way to prevent inflammation from destroying your health is by limiting sugar and increasing your intake of antioxidant-rich foods, such as Amla.
Here are some potential amla benefits you may see from increasing your intake of Amla…
The Side Effects And Benefits Of Amla
Amla is rich in powerful antioxidants that keep you healthy and could prevent chronic diseases.
However, not many people know any of the benefits you may get with using Amla. But that’s where we come in.
Some benefits of Amla may include:
1. Lower Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
As you know, high cholesterol is a serious risk factor when it comes to heart disease. Having elevated total and LDL (or your bad) cholesterol, may lead to blockages and hardening of the arteries.
Amla may lower LDL cholesterol levels and raise HDL (or good) cholesterol levels, which could keep arteries free and clear.
Plus, it may also lower high blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure could lead to thicker and less flexible arteries, and could make it harder for blood to flow freely though your body.
The vitamin C may lower blood pressure, therefore giving you some additional protection for your heart.
2. Naturally Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
There are millions of people living with high or even out-of-control blood sugar levels, which could increase diabetes risk.
High blood sugar may also lead to uncontrollable cravings, which could derail your weight loss attempts.
But Amla may be able to help. Amla has been shown to naturally lower blood sugar levels, therefore maintaining and stabilizing your blood sugar.
This could cut down on your risk for developing type 2 diabetes or other issues that may be impacted by high blood sugar.
3. Improves Weight Loss
There are lots of things you need to know about losing weight. But one of the most important ones would be eating more protein in order to increase lean muscle development.
This increase in lean muscle mass may increase your metabolic rate, therefore boosting the amount of calories you burn.
And the more calories you burn, the more weight and body fat you will lose.
Amla may increase the absorption of protein by your body, which could boost your metabolic rate. And the faster you’re burning extra calories, the more energy you will have for doing the everyday activities that you enjoy.
4. Cools Your Body Down
During the hotter times of the year, it may be hard to cool your body down when you’re outside.
Amla acts as a natural coolant, helping your body release heat to keep your skin soft and cool. This could prevent skin rashes, boils, or other heat-related damage to the skin.
Plus, the vitamin C may help your body absorb tannins, therefore protecting your body and skin from excess heat and UV rays from the sun.
5. Soothes PMS Symptoms
Every month, a woman may experience her period. This may cause agitation, mood swings, cramps, and other unpleasant symptoms.
Amla may be able to help, though, by soothing menstrual cramps associated with PMS. The high vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants may alleviate menstrual cramps.
However, since it does take some time for Amla to build in your system, you may not see relief from occasional use. It’s important that you maintain daily use in order to soothe menstrual cramping.
The 1 Negative Side Effect
There are plenty of powerful benefits you may expect to see by taking Amla every day.
However, there is one negative side effect that you should know about. Although it won’t impact your health in any way, Amla may be very bitter and sour when drinking the juice or consuming it raw.
Those who use Amla every day, tend to sweeten it with sugar, honey, salt, or other additives to eliminate the bitter and sour taste. And, with all the added sugar or additives, it may detract from the health benefits you may see with Amla.
But we have found a way to fix this issue and make Amla taste absolutely amazing. You see, we have discovered that by combing Amla with dark Oolong Green Tea leaves the bitter, sour taste disappears and you’re left with an amazing tasting, antioxidant-rich drink that could optimize everything you’re currently doing to improve your health.
You will bathe your body with all the nutrients it needs—at a time when it needs it to the most—to improve your health … boost your weight loss … and have the potential to prevent chronic diseases.
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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.
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