How To Take Amla Powder
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Are you looking to improve your health? Do you know someone who could use a little immune boost or a powerful elixir that could put all their worries to rest?
Would you like an all-natural way to prevent chronic diseases, while looking younger?
If this is you, or someone you know, then pay attention.
In the next few lines, I am going to introduce you to the most powerful whole-food antioxidant that you’ve never heard of before.
That food? Amla, otherwise known as Indian gooseberry. Even though it may not be currently on your radar as a true superfood, it will be.
It is ultra-powerful, and has been used for centuries, not only as a superfood, but also as a medicine.
The Powers of The Fruit
Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, Amalaki (in Sanskri), and by its scientific name, Phyllanthus emblica, is one superfood you’ve probably never heard of.
Native to India, the Middle East, and other Asian countries, this powerful (yet very bitter and sour) green berry, may be the true elixir of life.
Not only has it been shown to improve health, it’s been used as a type of medicine for thousands of years to treat everything from constipation to inflammatory issues.
In fact, it’s one of the more frequently used terms in Ayurvedic medicine (a practice over 5,000 years in the making).
The truth is:
There may be not a single condition that it can’t make better. Seriously!
What makes it so powerful?
Well, it comes down to the powerful compounds that this small, greenish –to-yellow fruit contains.
It has 20 times the vitamin C than an orange…it contains plenty of vitamin A and E…and it also contains gallic, ellagic acids, tannins, pectin, and other polyphenols that attack free radicals and reduce your chronic disease risk
The simple fact is, Amla has been shown to improve:
• Respiratory diseases
• Intestinal inflammation
• Type 2 Diabetes
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Inflammatory skin conditions
• Skin trauma (wound healing)
• Liver diseases
• Kidney function
• Brain function and health
• Weight loss
• And so much more
Of course, these impacts will be felt more on the inside, than on the outside. But don’t be fooled, it may hold special powers on the outside as well.
In fact, men and women in India have used Amla as a way to slow the aging process of the skin, and to get long, luscious hair.
And this goes for men as well. Men in India have used Amla as a way to regrow hair, and to keep their hair thick and dark.
As you can see, there may be nothing this potent fruit can’t handle.
But where can you find it?
If you’re looking to pick up some fresh Amla, you may be hard pressed to find some in the US. That’s because, unless you’re growing it in your backyard, it’s not native to the United States, and needs to be imported.
However, you may run into issues with importing — due to price and shipping. Even though you may not be able to find fresh Amla, you may be able to find it frozen or as a powder.
But if you want it to last longer than a few days, then you should consider picking up some organic, non-GMO Amla to improve your health.
Amla powder, which is made from sun-kissed fruit that has been left out to dry (naturally in the sun), and then ground into a fine powder, has been shown to possess the same health-promoting benefits as eating it fresh.
Since the fruit is left in the sun, and no external heat is applied, you still have the same antioxidants, polyphenols, tannins, and other healing compounds in your powder.
You will even see the same vitamin C content (20 times the amount found in oranges) in your Amla.
Now, you can drink, combine with water to make a paste, or even just steep with hot or cold water, fresh Amla powder in order to see all the impressive health benefits.
Thanks to the high vitamin C concentration, it may be very bitter or sour to taste. And that is why people often add salt, hot pepper, or even honey and sugar to their drink in order to mellow out the taste.
Regardless of the bitter and sour taste, the good far outweighs the bad taste.
Amla as a drink:
Warm 1 cup of milk on the store (not to boiling)
Add 1 tsp. of Amla powder and stir thoroughly with a spoon. If you want to sweeten it, add 1 tsp organic honey (with all the pollen).
Drink the mixture up to three times a day, or as needed.
Mix 1 tsp of Amla powder with warm water, and drink every night.
By drinking Amla powder, you may be lowering your cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides, while also improving your blood sugar levels, lowering inflammation, boosting your immune system, and even preventing cancer from destroying your health.
But there are other ways to use the powder to improve your health.
In order to strengthen your hair, you want to combine the powder and water until it makes a paste. Apply this paste to your hair, let dry for 45 minutes, and then rinse with water or wash out with shampoo.
This could help strengthen your hair, nourish your scalp, and could even prevent dandruff.
In order to improve your skin health, do the following:
Combine 1 tsp of the powder with hot (not boiling water) to make a wet paste that would apply to your skin. Keep on for 45 minutes to an hour.
Depending on your skin type (oily, dry, etc.), you may add things like honey, lemon, parsley, and other herbs or spices to break up oil, and keep your skin moisturized. This could give you younger, better looking skin.
The Take Home Message
If you’re looking to improve your health, then consuming Amla powder is one simple and effective way to ensure you’re protecting your health.
Packed full of vitamin C, antioxidants, polyphenols, and tannins, it is one of the easiest ways to bathe your body with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
In fact, it could lower inflammation and prevent many chronic diseases from occurring.
But that’s not all. By adding warm water to your powder, you may be able to make a powerful paste that could leave your hair luscious and strong...
You could apply to your skin to look and feel younger with each application.
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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