What Is Amla Powder?
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Before we get into Amla powder, I want to ask you a few questions:
Do you want to improve your health?
Do you want to prevent diabetes and heart diseases from taking your life, or the life of someone close to you?
Are you suffering from dry, itchy, or flaky skin and spend a small fortune on sunscreen every summer?
Do you want an all-natural way that may prevent cancer?
Is your hair tired, brittle, thin…or are you going bald?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then I have some good news to share with you.
Amla powder, also known as Indian gooseberry powder, may be an all-natural solution that adds tremendous benefits to your body.
Powered by one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C, this tiny green berry may not look like anything much …
But once inside your body, it offers a powerhouse of nutrition, unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Before we get into the benefits of Amla powder, let’s first talk about what Amla powder is…
The Amla Difference
Amla, which is another name for Indian gooseberry, is found mainly in India, the Middle East, Thailand, and other parts of Asia.
Unlike the Eastern gooseberry, the color, texture, and antioxidant capacity of the two fruits are very different.
Amla is more resistant to certain plant diseases and may hold a ton more antioxidant power. Although Amla is one of the best sources of vitamin C (more vitamin C than three oranges), it also contains other compounds that could change the complexion of your health.
It is also one of the most mentioned fruits in Aryuvedic medicine. As a medicine, it has been used to treat everything from high blood pressure and heart ailments to diabetes, kidney, and liver issues.
There may be nothing that this tiny fruit can’t improve.
Even today, Amla powder is often used by men and women to improve their hair and skin health.
Although Amla is very nutritious and important for your health, it may not be readily available in the US or other parts of the world.
That’s why people often turn to Amla powder, so they can obtain all the powerful benefits Amla has to offer, every single day.
Amla Powder vs. Fresh Amla
If you were to enjoy Amla, you would want to have it raw. Raw Amla contains plenty of nutrition to improve your health.
And you only need to eat a couple of berries to capitalize on their effectiveness.
However, there are a few issues when it comes to fresh Amla. First, since Amla is imported to the US, it may be very expensive, and there may be a long wait period for the fruit to reach the store.
Secondly, it may not be as strong as some other Amla fruit. Depending on where the Amla is grown, you may be facing issues with weather, soil, climate, and pesticide use.
This could change the antioxidant profile of the fruit; therefore some may be stronger than others.
Lastly, Amla fruit may be very bitter or sour to taste. Thanks in part to the high vitamin C levels, fresh Amla fruit is very hard to swallow.
In fact, some people to pour salt, cayenne pepper, or even sugar on the Amla fruit to make it more palatable.
Amla powder, on the other hand, is made from dried Indian gooseberries. Unlike other drying techniques that use chemicals, Amla is naturally set out in the sun, where it is left to dry.
The natural sunlight may increase the concentration of antioxidants, therefore providing you with MORE antioxidants, polyphenols, and tannins.
And since Amla powder is created by crushing up dried gooseberries, you know you’re getting a highly concentrated powder that could do some amazing things for your health.
In fact, here are some of the benefits you may see from using Amla powder…
The Benefits Of Amla
If you take your health seriously, then you have looked at many different things that could add benefits to your health.
And that should include Amla fruit, or even using Amla powder. Some of the benefits you may see could include:
Amla Powder and Hair Care
There’s a good chance you’ve used Amla powder, and didn’t even know it.
Amla powder is often added to many different hair care products, as a way to strengthen hair, or even grow hair.
Thanks to the tannins found in Amla, when added to products containing henna, it may boost the color and sheen, therefore giving you the rich colors you need—all without fading.
Plus, it may strengthen your roots and stimulate dysfunctional follicles, which could lead to thicker, longer, and better looking hair.
Amla Powder and Eyes
When combined with water, Amla powder makes a very tasty beverage. And this could be good for your eyes.
Amla, which is a very rich source of carotene, may improve nearsightedness, and could prevent cataract development.
Plus, Amla also contains vitamin A, which could improve vision, and prevent macular degeneration.
Amla Powder and Liver Health
Your liver is a very important organ in your body. Not only does it help detoxify your blood, it produces and secretes important proteins and hormones, and secretes bile that helps to digest dietary fat.
That’s why, any changes in your liver health, could cause issues to occur later in life. Studies show that Amla may have the ability to improve your liver health.
One study in particular, showed that treating rats with gooseberry extract resulted in an increase in antioxidant levels in the liver.
Another study showed that gooseberries were able to protect the liver from dangerous toxins and heavy metals, and may even protect against cancer.
Amla Powder and Brain Health
Your brain is by far, the most important organ in your body. And as you get older, your brain could suffer from age-related decline.
This means your memory could start to fail, your concentration could go, and you could lose your ability to learn, amongst other things.
Amla powder has been shown to improve your brain health.
Studies show that Amla extract may increase memory retention, as well as increase antioxidant levels in your brain.
Plus, it may lower acetylcholinesterase levels, a molecule linked to Alzheimer’s disease development.
The Take Home Message
Amla powder, also known as Indian gooseberry powder, may be an extremely important food to include in your daily nutrition plan.
Not only is it chock full of antioxidants, but it has other potent compounds that could protect your brain, heart, and other cells in your body from damage.
If you’re looking to improve your health, then including a high-quality Amla powder should be part of your nutrition plan.
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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