Amla Extract Benefits
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
As a trainer, I have encountered many people looking to improve their health. I have seen them adopt different exercise programs, only to get injured or lose interest.
I have seen them start, and stop, countless diets, hoping to lose the weight, but finding the changes were too much to handle.
Over the years, there have been many different changes that have happened that haven’t worked out for those looking to change their bodies, mind, and overall health.
But you know what hasn’t changed?
The simple concept of eating right and losing weight! It’s not a complicated process…you eat the right foods, and you either 1) lose the weight that you want, improve your health, and cut down on your disease risk, or 2) you don’t.
It’s really that simple.
By changing how you eat, you may see some pretty impressive health advantages.
Now, if I was going to change one thing, it would be to add more superfoods into my diet.
The reason is simple: Most superfoods contain a robust nutrient profile that could do wonders for your body.
Now, there are a lot of superfoods around …
But the one that I would be sure to include is Amla, or Indian gooseberry.
The Secret Power of Amla and Your Health:
Amla is this tiny, green powerhouse of nutrition. Grown in India, the Middle East, Asia, Thailand, and other places overseas, this tiny fruit has quite the history.
This fruit,, which may also pose as a medicine, has been linked to improvements in many different health ailments.
From diabetes to heart disease, there doesn’t seem to be a condition that Amla, can’t improve.
But it’s not just the medicinal properties of this tiny, potent little fruit.
Men and women in India, to this day, use it as a face cleanser and to improve the strength of their hair.
The secret to Amla powder is the high concentration of vitamin C (contains more vitamin C than you would find in three oranges), ellagic acid, quercetin, Kaempferol, and plenty of powerful tannins (emblicanin A and B, Geraniin, and Eliagitannins), which hold tremendous antioxidant properties in your body.
To put it in simple terms, it’s one of the most powerful whole-food sources of antioxidants around.
In fact, it’s often referred to as the “king” of whole-food antioxidants, rivaling Acai berry, raw blueberries, black raspberries, Goji berries, and Turmeric.
That’s just how powerful this superfood is.
The Benefits Of Amla
Although there are many different health advantages you may get from using Amla, not a lot of people know about them.
In fact, they may only know the basic advantages of Amla:
That it may lower heart disease risk (lower cholesterol and blood pressure), and may reduce your risk for diabetes (naturally lowers blood sugar by increasing insulin production).
But there are so many other advantages that you may not know about. And these advantages may include:
1. Cancer Prevention
Cancer may be one of the scariest and deadliest diseases around. Although a cancer diagnosis is no longer a death sentence, the battle to overcome and defeat cancer can be stressful and hard on the body.
But studies have shown that Amla, and the powerful antioxidants found in it, may reduce the risk for cancer.
It may fight lung, liver, cervix, breast, and ovary cancer. Not only was it able to slow tumor growth, but it also decreased tumor volume as well.
Plus, it may prevent the spread of cancer cells.
2. It Is Anti-Bacterial
Each day, your body is bombarded by millions—if not billions—of dangerous pathogens. Some may invade your body and make you sick, while others may not impact your health at all.
Amla, which holds anti-bacterial properties, may destroy harmful bacteria that could make you sick.
In fact, one study showed that it protected cells against 186 different bacterial strains that were tested.
This could prevent those nasty bacteria from making you sick.
3. Promotes Balance In Your Body
We are all stressed. Your job, your family, and your hectic lifestyle could be adding years to your life, without you even knowing it.
Stress might also ruin the balance inside your body. It may weaken your immunity, throw off hormone balance, and may even reduce brain function.
Amla, which is a type of adaptogen, may maintain balance within your body. One study showed that it, when given to stressed rats, improved glucose tolerance, sexual function, cognitive function, and more.
4. Protects Your Liver
Your liver is a very large organ that has many powerful jobs. From hormone production to cleansing your blood from potential toxins, your liver does it all.
But sometimes it needs help. And it may be the knight in shining armor your liver is looking for.
The powerful antioxidants in Amla, may reduce oxidative stress in your liver, therefore preventing your liver cells from dying.
It may also protect your liver cells from arsenic and other heavy metals.
5. Boosts Your Immune System
Your immune system is a very sophisticated system that protects you from nasty viruses and bacteria that make you sick, or even cause serious injury or even death.
That’s why, having a strong one is important to maintaining optimal health. The most powerful immune cell in your body is the killer T cells.
These cells not only prevent colds and flus, but may attack tumor cells.
When your immune system is weak, you may have low white blood cell and killer T cells counts, therefore leaving you susceptible to getting sick.
Amla, which is full of powerful compounds, may increase white blood cells and killer T cells counts, therefore keeping you healthy and free from sickness.
Numerous studies show that it may increase the activity of killer T cells two-fold in rats.
The Take Home Message
Amla, otherwise known as Indian gooseberry, is a powerful fruit that could do wonders for your health.
But you don’t have to eat the fruit alone to gain the advantages. Amla extract may be just as powerful, and could deliver all the antioxidant power you would find in raw Amla.
From cancer and heart disease prevention, to better hair and skin health, there may be nothing it can’t improve.
If you’re serious about improving your overall health, then these potent benefits --protecting your heart, keeping inflammation down, and preventing age-related brain decline from occurring—should make it an easy choice for you.
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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