Side Effects Of Amla
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Amla, which is another name for Indian Gooseberry, may be one of the most powerful superfoods on earth.
This powerful berry has been used in Aryuvedic medicine for over 5,000 years, as a way to treat a number of different health conditions.
It has also been used to strengthen hair…improve skin health…and may even boost your overall health.
Amla may lower inflammation, improve high cholesterol, and lower blood sugar, which could reduce your risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
Amla is the “king of antioxidants,” and may bathe your body with nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
There may be more side effects of Amla that may be beneficial to your overall health.
Let’s take a closer look…
Amla is considered by many to be the “king” of antioxidants. It may contain:
- 75x time more antioxidant power than goji berries
- 60x the power of pomegranate
- 50x the power of raw blueberries
- 13x more power than black raspberries
- 2.5x more power than acai berries
- 2x more antioxidant power than ground Turmeric
To say Amla is powerful--would be an understatement. Although Amla outweighs others in antioxidant power, most people don’t realize the positive side effects that you may gain from using Amla.
What are they? I’m glad you asked.
The Side Effects of Amla
- Taste and Texture
Amla has a very distinct taste. And this may render Amla inedible to most people. Although it does contain amazing antioxidant power, it’s so tart, that you not be able to drink it at all.
One way manufacturers have eliminated this problem is by combining Amla juice with a much sweeter base, usually sugar, to help offset the sour taste.
But this may lead to changes in your blood sugar, therefore reducing any potential health benefits for the user.
Amla Green has solved the bitter and sour taste issue. Amla Green Tea combines Amla with Oolong Green Tea Leaves to give you a sweet and robust finish. It allows you to get the powerful antioxidants your body needs—at the right time—without the bitter and sour aftertaste associated with Amla.
- Megadose of Vitamin C
Amla is a rich source of vitamin C, a vitamin that is necessary for strengthening your immune system and adding other benefits to your health.
One of the main benefits of vitamin C, besides immune systems benefits, happens to be the increased absorption of iron—especially for those following a plant-based diet.
Plant-based iron may be hard to absorb, but with the higher vitamin C level, this isn’t a problem.
Other benefits of high vitamin C include: lower blood pressure, prevention of gout attacks, lower heart disease risk, and a reduced risk for age-related memory and brain disorders.
- Lowers Blood Pressure
For those suffering from high blood pressure, Amla may be a great alternative to prescription medications.
Amla, which is a great source of vitamin C, may help to lower blood pressure numbers.
This could reduce at least one risk factor for an early death from heart disease.
- Improve Weight Loss
Amla is a great source of fiber, which helps to boost satiety, digestion, and regularity.
Fiber is also a great way to lose weight. Due to the satiety factor (full feeling), the fiber found in Amla may reduce your caloric intake.
Fewer calories could lead to weight loss and positive benefits on the scale.
- Lowers Blood Sugar
Amla is great for lowering and stabilizing blood sugar levels, which could help prevent hunger cravings and low energy.
When your blood sugar is out-of-control, you’re on a blood sugar rollercoaster, where you may experience highs and lows in your energy and pretty severe hunger cravings.
Amla, which is a natural blood sugar stabilizer, helps to keep your blood sugar under control, therefore preventing unwanted food cravings and maintaining energy levels.
- Regrows Hair
When taken in the right dose, Amla may be great for improving the health of your hair and providing supple skin around your scalp.
Amla also is a natural alpha-5-reductase inhibitor. This helps block the enzyme responsible for making your hair fall out
- Suppresses Appetite
Your goal may be to lose weight, especially if you’re starting out on your intermittent fasting journey.
And using Amla may also help! As previously mentioned, Amla is a great source of fiber, which could help give you that full feeling, which could cut down on your caloric intake.
It is also a powerful antioxidant that could soothe inflammation levels, therefore enabling “sick” fat cells to function normally.
This may allow inflamed fat cells to release stored fatty acids to be used for energy, which could help shrink bloated fat cells and boost weight loss
- Could Give You Radiant Looking Skin
If you want to look and feel younger, then don’t spend another dime on anti-aging products.
Amla, which contains powerful antioxidants and vitamin C, may naturally take years off your face and give it a natural glow.
But that’s not all Amla can do…
The high vitamin C levels found in Amla may increase collagen production, which might tighten and tone the skin around your face.
- Soothes Menstrual Cramps
It’s that time of the month, and you’re looking for a way to soothe cramps and eliminate that bloated feeling. Instead of Midol…
You should think about Amla. Due to the high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, Amla has been used for thousands of years as a natural way to eliminate menstrual cramps.
- May Prevent Cancer
Everyone is looking for a way to protect themselves from many chronic diseases—including cancer.
Amla may be a budget-friendly way to do just that. Amla is rich in powerful antioxidants, but more importantly, it may be rich in superoxide dismutase, which inhibits the formation of free radicals.
This could help prevent cancer and other inflammation-related diseases.
Final Thoughts On Amla Side-Effects
Amla has been used for over 5,000 years in Aryurdevic medicine as a way to treat many different ailments.
And that still holds true today! The powerful antioxidants found in Amla may improve hair and skin, lower blood sugar and blood pressure, reduce cholesterol level, strengthen nails, and improve your overall health.
But most people don’t know—or understand—all the powerful side effects of Amla and how it could positively impact your health. As you can see, the positive side effects may keep this superfood the “king” for a very long time.
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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