Amla Health Benefits
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In case you haven’t heard, the Amla benefits are simply amazing! And that brings us to our latest email.
In today’s email, our customer wants to know a little bit about Amla and what they may see from using our Amla Green Tea product every day.
Here’s the question:
First off, thanks for such a great product. We are so excited that we have been able to use Amla Green every day.
We got Amla as a recommended tool for helping us to lose weight, and to keep our energy up while we are intermittent fasting.
Our question is this:
Besides weight loss, what other health benefits might we see from continuing to use it every day?
We both have heart disease and diabetes in our family, so we want to be sure we are doing everything we can to prevent both of these from occurring.”
This is a great question, and one that has a variety of answer. But before we address the specific health benefits from using Amla every day, let’s first let everyone know what Amla is.
The Mysterious Benefits Of The Superfood Amla
I am going to first start off by saying that Amla is one the strongest whole-food antioxidant around.
It’s so powerful, that some of your favorite superfoods (think Acai, Goji, Turmeric, Black raspberry, blueberries, and pomegranates) pale in comparison to this fruit.
And…it’s super small, but packed full of nutrition.
Often found in India, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia, you may be able to find Amla powder, or Amla fruit in some remote parts of the US.
Amla is a rich source of vitamin C, plus polyphenols, antioxidants, flavonoids, amino acids, and minerals.
On the ORAC scale, Amla has a score of 261,500. This tops the list of antioxidant-rich foods, and could put a positive spin on your health.
In case you don’t know what the ORAC scale is, it’s a measure of how much antioxidant power a food has.
The higher the score, the better the food may be at soothing inflammation, reducing oxidative stress, and preventing damage associated with free radicals.
That being said, with a high score, like Amla has, it’s nearly impossible not to see some sort of health benefit from using it every day.
And, Amla has been used as a medicine for over 5,000 years. It’s been used to treat a number of different health ailments.
In fact, there doesn’t seem to be anything this fruit can’t improve.
Amla Benefits You Want To See
Like I said before, there are plenty of benefits you may see from using Amla.
But some of the bigger ones include:
Next to your brain, your heart is probably the second most important organ in your body. It pumps nutrient-rich blood to the cells and organs in your body.
So any disruptions in your ability to pump blood could lead to massive damage.
And as you get older, this could become more apparent, as more and more “baby boomers” are diagnosed with heart-health-related conditions.
Remember, any blockage could lead to dire consequences if you’re not careful.
That’s why it’s important to lower cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol, which is a type of fat in your blood, can either be protective or dangerous to your health
LDL cholesterol, which is considered the bad kind of cholesterol, may easily be oxidized, therefore creating damage to your arteries.
Not only does this lead to damage and inflammation, it may also lead to blockages in your arteries. Depending on the size and location of the blockage, it could lead to a heart attack, or even death.
Amla, which again is packed full of powerful antioxidants, fiber, and other helpful compounds, may lower LDL cholesterol, which could prevent oxidation and eventual damage.
In fact, when compared to a popular statin medication, studies have consistently shown that Amla may be just as effective at lowering cholesterol, therefore protecting your health.
Amla and Diabetes
If you’ve been told your blood sugar is too high, then there’s a good chance someone is concerned about the possibility of Type 2 Diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
And if this is the case, you may be at risk for many other health issues.
Diabetes, which is a disease where there is too much blood sugar and not enough insulin to take care of it.
Your body produces insulin, but your cells are resistant to it, therefore your body is not using the insulin effectively to clear the sugar from your blood.
This could lead to oxidation of the excess sugar, which could eventually impact the health of your blood vessels and heart.
But Amla may help and benefit your health. One powerful mineral found in Amla is chromium, which has powerful blood sugar lowering effects.
Chromium has been shown to lower insulin resistance, therefore allowing your body and cells to absorb more sugar, therefore lowering your blood sugar count.
Amla may also boost insulin production in your pancreas (the organ responsible for creating insulin), therefore adding even more impacts to your blood glucose levels.
Ultimately, this could naturally improve blood sugar counts, without the use of medications that could carry dangerous side effects.
Now, we addressed how Amla may improve both heart health, and lower your risk for diabetes.
But that’s not all Amla may be able to do. On the inside, Amla has been shown to lower inflammation, improve kidney and liver health, detox your body, maintain homeostasis, prevent cancer, and may neutralize free radicals, which could add improvements to your overall health.
On the outside, other health benefits you get with Amla is strengthened hair, a nourished scalp, natural color and luster, and it may prevent dandruff. Plus, it may protect your skin against the dangerous UV sunlight, and could keep your skin looking young and wrinkle-free.
Final Thoughts On The Health Benefits Of Amla
Amla, which is a potent fruit found in India and other parts of the world, may be one of the strongest, most powerful whole-food antioxidant around.
It has been shown to improve your health, prevent chronic diseases, and even improve your outward appearance.
Amla, which has been used a medicine, may improve symptoms of heart disease, diabetes, and may even prevent some cancers from occurring.
However, not all Amla is created equal. Some Amla powders, for example, may hold less antioxidant power, which could negatively impact your health.
Our Amla is different. We have partnered with a top-tier grower in India, who delivers a highly-concentrated powder that holds 20 berries per gram.
This means your body will be bathed with powerful antioxidants that it may use, right then and there, to improve your health.
If you’re interested in seeing the health benefits for yourself, then getting the best quality Amla should be your first priority.
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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