Fresh Amla In USA
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Looking for Fresh Indian Gooseberry, or Amla, in the United States?
If you’re a health seeker, and you’ve been following along closely, then you may want to know where you can find fresh Amla in the USA.
Am I right?
Well, there is only one problem:
Amla could be extremely hard to find. You see, thanks to rising costs of importing, and strict US standards on goods coming into the country, it may be very expensive to bring in fresh Amla.
If you live in a large metropolitan area, such as New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago, you may be able to find fresh Amla at local Indian marketplaces or small Indian specialty stores.
And, if you do happen to find some, it would be a good idea to buy it in bulk, and freeze it for later use, since you don’t know when you may find fresh Amla again.
So why would you want to find fresh Alma in USA to begin with?
Well, the answer is pretty simple…
The Reason To Buy Amla Fresh
Unless you live in India, the Middle East, or other parts of Asia, then you may not be aware of the benefits of this tiny green berry.
But let me tell you, it’s something special!
Amla berry, also called Indian gooseberry or Amalaki in Sanskrit, is packed full of nutrients and compounds that could vastly improve your health.
In fact, Amla is one of the most mentioned fruit in Ayurvedic medicine, thanks to its healing powers.
Although the entire tree was used for over 5,000 years, today the fruit is the most popular.
It’s been used to treat heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
But it’s not just about preventing chronic diseases. Men and women in India continue to use Amla as a way to prevent premature balding and to keep hair strong and vibrant.
Not too shabby for a fruit no bigger than a grape!
The power of fresh Amla lies in the high concentration of vitamin C. As you know, vitamin C is a very important nutrient for combating the viruses that could make you sick.
However, it is also used to combat the damage associated with free radicals.
Free radicals, which are a byproduct of everything you do in life, tend to damage healthy cells, which could spike inflammation.
And the more inflammation you have, the higher your risk becomes for developing different health conditions.
Fresh Amla contains more vitamin C than three oranges, so combating free radical damage could be relatively easy.
It’s not just about combating inflammation and free radicals damage.
Fresh Amla may do a whole heck of a lot more for your health…
The Health Benefits Of Using Amla Every Day
Fresh Amla is a powerful fruit that could improve your health in many different ways.
To say this fruit is powerful would be an understatement. Only a food so powerful could earn the distinction as being the “king” of whole food antioxidants.
This means fresh Amla contains more antioxidant power than other superfoods on the list.
In fact, fresh Amla is:
• 75X more antioxidant power compared to Goji berries
• 60X more antioxidant power compared to pomegranates
• 50X more antioxidant power compared to raw blueberries
• 13X more antioxidant power compared to black raspberries
• 2.5X more antioxidant power than Acai berry
• 2X more antioxidant power compared to Turmeric
As you can see, this fruit is ultra-powerful and could improve many different health conditions.
In fact, here are some benefits you may see from using fresh Amla every day:
1. Better Heart Health
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women around the world.
This is why doctors and nutritionists recommend lowering your risk for heart disease, heart attacks, or even strokes by reducing certain risk factors.
Two of those risk factors would be high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Amla, which contains plenty of fiber, could naturally lower both total and LDL cholesterol numbers. Fresh Amla may be as effective as some statin medications—without the side effects.
A recent study showed that consuming fresh Amla, or Amla powder, could be just as effective at lowering cholesterol when compared to Simvastatin.
Amla may also strengthen blood vessels, leading to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk for strokes.
2. Diabetes Prevention
Diabetes is one of the major lifestyle diseases that impact millions of people worldwide.
Highlighted by an inability to use insulin and excessively high blood sugar levels, diabetes could lead to neuropathy, blindness, and kidney issues.
That’s why controlling your blood sugar is so important—especially if you want to improve your health.
Well great news…fresh Amla may be able to help. Not only does Amla contain plenty of fiber, which could slow digestion and stabilize blood sugar, it also has a second component that could regulate blood sugar.
Chromium. This mineral has been shown to stimulate the production of insulin in your body, which could lower your blood sugar levels.
3. Boosts Immunity
Your immune system is one of your first lines of defense against nasty pathogens, bacteria, and other toxins that could make you sick or lead to dysfunction in your body.
But thanks to the high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, fresh Amla may add support to your immune system.
Eating fresh Amla could provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to scavenge free radicals, therefore reducing damage and associated increases in inflammation.
Since free radicals may damage healthy cells, and could be a major impact on chronic diseases, reducing the activity of these rogue cells should be a priority if you’re looking to boost your health.
Where To Find Fresh Amla?
Unless you live in India—or you’re growing your own Amla tree—you may be hard pressed to find fresh Amla here in the States.
You would look to Indian marketplaces or other Indian grocery stores to find Amla.
However, there is another way to get Amla that could be even better than fresh Amla. That would be Amla powder.
Amla powder is made by naturally drying Amla in the sunlight, which increases the concentration of antioxidants that could be used by your body.
Even though you can get Amla powder almost anywhere, you do need to be careful. Some may contain fungus, pesticide, and other residues that could negatively impact your health.
And it could contain a lower concentration of antioxidants than other Amla powder products. You see, the problem with Amla powder is where the Amla is grown.
Depending on soil and environmental conditions, there could be fewer antioxidants available for your body to use to improve your health.
And this could negatively impact you in the long run.
You may be able to find fresh Amla in bigger cities, but your best option may be to use ultra-concentrated Amla powder (Indian Gooseberry) here in the USA.
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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