How To Use Amla Powder
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Before I started writing about Amla, I had no idea how it was used at all, let alone how it would improve my health.
But after countless months of researching this amazing food, there are many different uses for Amla powder that you can employ to improve your health.
For example, this powder may be in many different hair products used to strengthen your hair, keep its natural color, and help to regrow lost hair.
But it’s not just about hair or skin; there are plenty of other uses for Amla that could benefit you, and everyone around you.
Let’s take a closer look at what Amla is, and how it can improve your health…
The Powerful Fruit Known As Amla
For years, people have been turning to Acai berry, Turmeric, or blueberries as a way to boost their health, and prevent different chronic diseases.
There is a new berry that you may want to consider trying. And that is Amla.
Amla, which is a tiny green berry found in India, the Middle East, Thailand, and other Asian countries, possess more antioxidant power than any of the superfoods listed above,
In fact, it is considered by many to be the “king” of whole food antioxidants, thanks to the power found in this tiny berry.
Amla fruit, and powder, may be:
• 75X stronger than Goji berries
• 60X stronger than pomegranates
• 50X stronger than raw blueberries
• 13X stronger than black raspberries
• 2.5X stronger than Acai berry
• 2X stronger than Turmeric
As you can see, there are a lot of popular superfoods on this list that pales in comparison to this powerful fruit.
Amla has an ORAC value of 261,500, which ranks close to the top of antioxidant-rich foods.
What does the ORAC value mean?
The ORAC value shows how much antioxidant power food possesses. The higher the number, the stronger the food is.
And this is good for your body. This means that a food with a high ORAC score, may increase the antioxidant capacity in your body.
The more antioxidants you have, the better your body will be at fighting off free radicals, and the associated damage from free radicals.
This is important, as free radicals may damage healthy cells, therefore increasing the risk for inflammation, and different chronic diseases.
Using Amla Powder For Better Health
If you’re looking to improve your health, then including Amla powder would be a great idea.
Packed full of antioxidants, polyphenols, and other helpful compounds, Amla powder is a great way to lower inflammation, and prevent chronic diseases.
The easiest way to take it is by combining with hot or cold water. Although the taste may be very bitter or sour, drinking Amla powder with water could hold tremendous health benefits.
The reason why Amla is so sour or bitter is due to the high levels of vitamin C in the powder.
Although this is great for your body, it’s not so great for your taste buds. That’s why a lot of people will add sugar, honey, salt, and cayenne pepper to make it more palatable.
But that’s not the only way to use Amla powder. You can also use it as a paste, for both your hair and your face.
You can combine a touch of water with Amla powder to make a paste. This can be applied to your face or hair to provide nourishment to dry, flaky skin or to improve thin and brittle hair.
You can also combine Amla with Henna (a popular type of dye), to return your natural hair color, or to make your highlights stand out.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can use this powder to add improvements to many areas of your health.
In fact, let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits you may see from using it every day…
The Power of Amla Powder
Amla is loaded with antioxidants and other powerful compounds that could improve your health and prevent diseases, like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and age-related brain disorders.
It has been used for over 5,000 years in Ayurvedic medicine as a way to improve health and ward off illnesses.
In fact, there may be nothing Amla may not be able to improve. Some benefits you may see from using Amla powder every day include:
Improved heart health—May lower cholesterol and blood pressure, which could have a positive impact on your heart health. Studies have shown that Amla may be just as effective as Simvastatin as lowering bad cholesterol levels.
Improvements in Diabetes—Diabetes is a disease where out-of-control blood sugar levels could lead to future health issues. The excess blood sugar could become oxidized, which could lead to issues with heart or brain health. Studies show that Amla may naturally lower blood sugar levels, therefore reducing your risk for diabetes. If you already have diabetes, maintaining lower blood sugar levels with this powder could add tremendous benefits to your health.
Improvements in Skin Health—As you get older damage to DNA (usually from free radicals) could lead to wrinkles, age spots, crow’s feet, and other skin blemishes. Making a paste from Amla powder and water may look strange, but can really pack a punch. The vitamin C found in Amla may brighten, tighten, and tone you skin. The result could be younger, smoother looking skin.
Prevents Cancer—studies show that the antioxidants found in Amla may lower free radical damage, which could prevent the growth of carcinogenic cells. The high ORAC levels found in it may reduce damage from oxidative stress, which could prevent tumor cells growth. Amla may also ease the side effects of most cancer drugs.
The Take Home Message
Amla powder is one of the strongest whole food antioxidants around. Packed full of vitamin C, polyphenols, ellagic acid, vitamin A, and other powerful compounds, it may improve your health in various ways.
But how can you use this superfood for your health?
There are a number of different ways to use Amla, including drinking it, combining it with your smoothies, or mixing into your tea.
Other ways include: making a paste to put on your face or rubbing in your hair.
This could protect your body from free radical damage and could go a long way to protecting you from diabetes, heart disease, and possibly even cancer.
There are many different ways in which Amla powder can protect your body, but knowing how Amla powder can be effectively used could add plenty of antioxidants to your body, therefore increasing your antioxidant capacity, and your ability to ward off illness and diseases.
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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