The Difference Between Amla Organic vs. Non-Organic Amla
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
The other day, we got an email asking us about the difference between Amla Organic and non-organic Amla.
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“I have been looking at different brands online. Some say organic and others don’t. Is there a big difference?”
This is a great question, and one that could impact your health if not completely understood.
Let’s go about answering this question really simply:
Yes, there is a very big difference between Amla organic and the non-organic kind.
Not so much in taste, texture, or power, but it’s more about what could be in the non-organic Amla that could be a problem.
You see, in order for a product to be labeled “organic,” it must pass some very rigid and specific guidelines.
For meats, they must be antibiotic and growth hormone free.
For produce, they must contain no pesticides, free of synthetic fertilizers, and free of toxins or pesticides in the water used to grow the produce.
Also, the products can’t contain and GMO ingredients or sewage waste.
If these requirements are met, then one can slap an “organic” label on their product.
If they don’t meet the requirements, or they contain trace amounts of pesticide residue, then they are considered non-organic.
Pretty specific right?
They use these requirements to protect your health, and prevent unwanted exposure to chemicals, synthetic nutrients, or even waste sludge that could have detrimental impacts on your health.
Now, you would think that most Amla is grown under organic conditions.
However, you would be wrong. In fact, since Amla is grown on an industrial scale, they may have to use pesticides and synthetic fertilizers to keep bugs off, and to sustain the crop.
As a result, some Amla (fresh, and used to make a powder) could contain pesticide residue that could impact your health.
Now, if you’re wondering what impact pesticides or synthetic ingredients could have on your health, there are plenty.
Pesticide exposure could have both acute (immediate) health effects or chronic health effects.
Some acute health effects that you may experience could be:
• Irritation of the nose, throat, and skin
• Burning sensation
• Stinging and itching
Some of the chronic health conditions usually caused by excessive exposure to pesticides could include:
• Tumor growth
• Brain and nervous system damage
• Birth defects
• Reproductive issues
• Damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, and other organs
Chronic health conditions could last for weeks, months, or even years making it hard to pin the problem on pesticide exposure
And since Amla is grown on such a large scale, there’s a good chance that some of the Amla you’re using, may contain trace amounts of pesticides in the powder, which could be even more concentrated, thanks to the way the Amla powder is produced.
And this could be detrimental to your health.
The other question that may arise is if Amla organic is more nutritious than regular Amla. The answer is yes and no.
You see, studies have shown that pesticide exposure may increase your risk for developing pathogens that could make you sick.
So increasing your intake of foods that contain pesticides could lead to issues once inside your body.
However, most Amla contains a wide array of nutrients that could lead to major health improvements.
From a concentration of vitamin C to other antioxidants and polyphenols, Amla provides a whole bunch of nutrition in a small punch.
But there are a few issues:
It was mentioned before that pesticide could become concentrated when left out to dry and then ground into Amla powder.
This could increase pesticide exposure, which could limit the effectiveness of the antioxidants found in Amla.
And where Amla is grown, the soil and environmental conditions, and the humidity are all external factors that could impact the antioxidant concentration of your Amla or Amla powder.
That’s why it’s highly recommended that you use fresh, Amla organic, or Amla organic powder, to best support your health and add improvements to your hair and skin.
The Health Benefits of Using Amla Organic
Using Amla organic could cut down on your exposure to pesticides, which is a good thing for your health.
The lower your exposure, the better your health may be.
Besides improvements in your skin and hair, you may see other potent benefits from using organic Amla.
Those benefits may include:
1. Increase in Vitamin C
As you know, Amla contains a robust amount of vitamin C. In fact, you would need to eat three oranges just to get the same amount of vitamin C that you would find in a handful of Amla.
Vitamin C is an important vitamin, because it scavenges free radicals, therefore reducing the damage to healthy cells.
But the benefits of vitamin C go further than that. Including more vitamin C in your diet could improve blood pressure, lower your diabetes risk, prevent gout attacks by lowering uric acid levels, and protects against heart disease risk factors.
2. Increase your Intake of Gallic Acid
Gallic acid is another powerful antioxidant contained in Amla. This potent antioxidant lowers oxidative stress, which could protect your healthy cells.
It may also possess both anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, which could protect your health from dangerous pathogens that could make you sick.
Studies show that Gallic acid may reduce the risk for diabetes.
3. Increases Your Fiber Content
Fiber is an extremely important part of your nutrition. Not only can a high-fiber diet help keep you regular and increase the bulk, and frequency of your stools, it could also lead to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and could contribute to weight loss.
Amla, which is a rich source of fiber, could aid in digestion and regularity, and prevent you from overeating.
4. Increases Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fats are considered essential fatty acids since your body can’t make them, and they need to be consumed by your diet.
These potent fats have been shown to lower cholesterol, improve cellular health, and may strengthen your brain and heart.
Amla could be a great way to increase your levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which could impact your Omega Index for the better.
The Take Home Message
Amla organic may be a better option for improving your health. Most organic Amla may be free of pesticides or chemicals that could enter into your body and create health issues.
That’s why it’s very important that you choose fresh Amla ORGANIC, or Amla ORGANIC powder, to cut down on your risk for pesticide exposure that could negatively impact your health.
Choosing an Amla organic product could improve your health, thanks to the important nutrients, polyphenols, and antioxidants contained in the tiny berries, or the concentrated powder.
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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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