Amla Powder Review: Does It Live Up To The Hype?
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
When I started writing for Amla Green, I didn’t really know a whole lot about this product.
I knew that it was powerful … that it was sourced from dark Oolong green tea leaves … and that it contained Amla powder.
As I dug into the research on Amla specifically, I was amazed at all the different health benefits Amla powder could provide.
And after reading review after review on this product, I couldn’t help but wonder what Amla powder could do for MY OWN health.
It wasn’t until I read these two reviews that I was fully invested and had to try Amla for myself.
Here are the Amla reviews:
“The taste isn’t bad; like black tea. I’ve seen my LDL cholesterol go down 30 points and my husbands about the same. I am wfpb and he is not. I’ve seen the studies that show it helps blood sugars and cholesterol. I am also a medical provider and recommend it to my patients.
And this other one:
“It tastes great, and that’s a good thing. But I’m even more excited that I’ve seen lower fasting glucose in just a week!”
Now, why do these ones excite me the most?
Well, I have a long family history of heart disease. What really scares me is the amount of heart attacks that have occurred with my grandfathers, great-grandfathers, uncles … even my aunt suffered one and a STROKE.
So I am always looking for new ways to lower my “bad” cholesterol and give my “good” cholesterol a shove in the right direction.
Plus, I know that diet isn’t always enough—and that you need more antioxidant-rich foods in your diet.
The second reason is the threat of diabetes on my wife’s side. Both her parents have diabetes, her uncle … even she has higher-than-normal blood sugar at certain points during the year.
Anything that can help lower her blood sugars and improve my cholesterol, well, that’s a no-brainer for me.
So I ordered up a bottle and waited patiently for it to arrive. In a minute, I will give you my take on Amla Green, just bear with me …
Amla, which is another term used for Indian Gooseberry, is a type of fruit found in India, the Middle East, and some other parts of Asia.
This powerful fruit possesses unmatched antioxidant power. In fact, this powerful berry is often considered the “king” of whole food antioxidants, surpassing other popular superfoods.
This fruit may strengthen your hair and turn gray, dull looking skin into a radiant masterpiece. And it possesses many different medicinal benefits.
Amla happens to be the most mentioned fruits in Ayurvedic medicine, beating out Acai berry, Goji berry, and the tiny blueberry as the most antioxidant-rich fruit.
Now, when it comes to Amla as a medicine, it has been used for over 5,000 years as a way to treat heart disease, diabetes, respiratory issues, digestive and kidney issues, and may even prevent cancer.
Unlike other popular superfoods, Amla contains a robust level of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, copper, chromium, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and gallic and ellagic acids.
As you can see, this tiny, greenish berry is pretty powerful and may have a dramatic impact on your health.
Here are some ways Amla powder may improve your health:
• Lowers blood sugar levels (which could improve diabetes symptoms)
• Lowers LDL cholesterol to give added protection to your heart
• Lowers blood pressure which keeps veins and arteries more flexible and reduces the risk for a life-altering stroke.
• Reduces uric acid levels, therefore preventing gout attacks
• Strengthens blood vessels for lower blood pressure readings and a healthier heart
• Boosts your metabolism to help you lose weight.
In order to fully understand the power of Amla, you should know a little bit about antioxidants and how they can protect your health.
The Power of Antioxidants
Antioxidants, which are nutrients found in certain foods, may add benefits to your health.
Although they perform many different functions, the main role of antioxidants role is to lower inflammation by combating free radical damage to healthy cells.
Free radicals, which are rogue cells, travel through the body causing damage along the way.
This damage often leads to internal inflammation, which could lead to damage to healthy cells. Normally, a little inflammation won’t hurt you. It’s when the inflammatory response gets stuck in the “on” position that often leads to health issues.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, “sick” fat cells, diabetes, brain disorders, thyroid problems, and cancer.
But antioxidants like to gobble up free radicals, therefore cutting down on internal inflammation and reducing the risk for chronic diseases.
You can get antioxidants in most of the foods you eat … but in order to get the concentration of antioxidants to have a positive impact on your health, you should be including superfoods (like Amla),
Most superfoods contain a much larger amount of inflammation-reducing antioxidants, which could lead to a bigger reduction in health risk.
My Review Of Amla Powder
When I got my Amla, I was super excited to give it a shot. I added a heaping scoop to a cup and mixed it with hot water.
The first thing I noticed was the taste. It was mild, sweet, and a tad bit tangy—but nothing that made my tastebuds jump straight out of my mouth.
I start my day with a cup of Amla powder, which gives me a rush of energy. It wasn’t the jittery feeling you would normally get with a cup of coffee, but constant energy to help me go all day long.
I started to feel better and surprisingly, I started to LOOK younger (which I wasn’t expecting). I feel better about my health.
I used to suffer from indigestion when I ate certain foods, but thanks to my daily cup of Amla, I haven’t had any issues in the last three weeks.
After the first 7 days, I noticed some immediate changes in my body, which encouraged me to keep going with Amla as a way to keep my health in tip-top shape.
The Quick Recap on the Benefits of Amla
• Low calorie, high fiber, and high antioxidant content
• Contains plenty of vitamin C (more than an orange), which could boost your immunity, prevent kidney stones, and strengthens your heart
• Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, which could improve heart health and reduce the risk for diabetes.
• Protects against cancer and age-related brain disorders.
• Tastes great and flushes your body with antioxidants when your body needs them the most
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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