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Four ounces of organic Amla powder.
Indian gooseberry, or amla, is a rich source of natural vitamin C, with a concentration of 600 mg to 1800 mg of ascorbic acid in every 100 g. Fresh amla juice contains 20 times as much vitamin C as is present in orange juice. Many people add this sour berry in their smoothies.
Primary amla benefits include:
- Rejuvenating many of your body’s organs and functions. It is considered especially beneficial for the digestive system, improving the absorption and assimilation of the food you eat.
- Boosting your immune system. Indian gooseberries are one of the world’s richest sources of free radical quenching antioxidants.
- Slowing down the aging process and promote good general health and longevity. Once again, the high antioxidant content of this berry helps diminish free radical damage responsible for skin aging and body decline.
- Improving liver function. Studies show amla powder benefits include reducing oxidative stress on the liver by increasing master antioxidants glutathione and superoxide dismutase.
- Reducing inflammation in arthritis and osteoporosis. Taking Indian gooseberry powder regularly is said to have a cooling effect throughout the body and particularly benefits osteoporosis and arthritis .
- Disease prevention. Studies show the health benefits of amla include both heart disease and cancer protection.
- Blood sugar control. Indian gooseberries contain powerful compounds that help control fasting blood sugar levels and may help diabetics.
- Antibacterial properties. Amla berry extract has been shown to be an effective antibacterial against illness causing bacteria like staphylococcus and cholerae. It has even been demonstrated to combat ulcer causing Helicobacter pylori bacteria.
- Improve your appearance. Amalaki is even said to be good for your appearance, improving skin tone, protecting the eyes, preventing hair loss and gray hairs and aiding in weight loss.
Cancer Protection with Indian Gooseberry
One of the most interesting and important areas of amla research is in the field of cancer prevention.
Alongside its powerful antioxidant effects, the Indian gooseberry has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, chemopreventive, antiproliferative and immunomodulatory properties that are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
Studies have also shown that, along with being an exceptional free radical scavenger, amla extract can protect your DNA against damage from certain carcinogens and dangerous heavy metals.
While there are many compounds in Indian gooseberries likely to work synergistically against diseases like cancer, one called pyrogallol was shown specifically to have antiproliferative effects (prevents cancer cells spreading) on lung cancer cells in both in vitro and in vivo studies.
Other scientific research has also found pyrogallol effective against different types of cancer and suggested it be studied further with a view to using it as a cancer treatment (though whether this will be considered potentially profitable enough remains to be seen).
Amla Powder Benefits for Diabetes Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing health problem related to our increasingly poor modern diets. Blood glucose levels are particularly important for diabetics to keep under control. To this end pharmaceutical drugs are usually prescribed.
A recent scientific study compared the effects on fasting blood sugar of an amla supplement versus a leading diabetic drug designed to bring down blood sugar. In the study just 3 grams a day was shown to be even more beneficial and effective than the prescription drug at controlling fasting blood sugar levels.
It’s necessary to note at this point but I’m not advising anyone to go off drugs given to them by their doctor. Diabetes is a serious, often life-threatening disease and needs to be treated as such.
In fact, if amla’s effect on blood sugar is this powerful, taking it might be cautioned for diabetics also taking prescription drugs for blood glucose, in case it actually drops levels too far. It would be best to discuss taking it with your physician if you are currently being treated for diabetes.
There may well be a case to be made though for the benefits of daily Indian gooseberry powder supplementation to help prevent the damage that leads to the diabetic condition in the first place.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease that is increasing in our society at an alarming rate. Even children are now being diagnosed. Replacing processed, high sugar supermarket junk with natural superfoods would be a great start to avoiding this debilitating disease and this article has some other important tips.
Cholesterol Reduction and Heart DiseaseHeart disease, still the biggest killer of Americans, is a disease of oxidation and inflammation. Given that, it’s not surprising that a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory like amla would have a positive effect against it.
Research so far points to the health benefits of Indian gooseberry having multifaceted protective properties against developing cardiovascular problems later in life.
In the same study listed above concerning diabetes and blood glucose, researchers were surprised to see the volunteers tested also significantly improved their high density lipoprotein cholesterol levels (the beneficial type of cholesterol) and reduced their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the bad kind).
Doctors can give you drugs (with side effects) to lower your LDL cholesterol. But it’s not often that a substance will also raise your HDL cholesterol at the same time, without reported side effects. These valuable health benefits were observed with just 3 grams of Indian gooseberry powder a day.
Extracts from amla fruit have also been shown to inhibit lipid peroxidation, a significant factor in developing cardiovascular disease.
Other studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Indian gooseberry at inhibiting the creation of advanced glycation end products that contribute to endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis.
Amalaki benefits also include preventing blood cells from sticking to endothelial linings and thickening blood vessel walls – usually the first step toward heart disease – as detailed in this scientific study.
Osteoporosis and Arthritis TreatmentCertain cells known as osteoclasts are involved in bone loss in osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers found an amla extract was able to induce cell death in mature osteoclasts, thus potentially limiting the damage they can do to our bodies bones and joints.
Within the study they suggested Indian gooseberry as a potential alternative treatment for bone disease (Induction of apoptosis of human primary osteoclasts treated with extracts from the medicinal plant Emblica officinalis).
Liver Protection for DrinkersFree radical damage is considered an underlying cause of alcohol induced liver complications. Three different animal studies have shown Indian gooseberry extract reduced oxidative stress to the liver.
It also restored lowered levels of the vital antioxidants glutathione and superoxide dismutase (Protective Effect of Emblica officinalis Against Alcohol-Induced Hepatic Injury…).
Antibacterial and Antimicrobial PropertiesNew strains of bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. However, certain superfoods like amla have natural antibacterial and antimicrobial effects that may help to counteract these pathogens in your body.
Specifically, tests have shown that the pulp of Indian gooseberries is effective against staphylococcus, cholerae and pseudomonas bacteria (Comparative antimicrobial activities of Amla…).
Gastric Ulcer Prevention and TreatmentAmla health benefits also include preventing and even treating ulcers. An extract of Emblica Officinalis (Indian gooseberry) was shown to inhibit the growth of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, responsible for painful gastric ulcers.
H. pylori is a particularly persistent gastric pathogen that can establish an infection in your stomach linings that may last for years, even decades. It has been estimated that around half of all people worldwide are infected with this organism.
While not everyone obviously developed ulcers from H. pylori, those that do have to live with recurrent and painful stomach inflammations that often don’t respond well to conventional treatments.
Here are a few of many studies that show the benefits of ingesting Amalaki. "The fruits of EO are widely used in the Ayurveda and are believed to increase defense against diseases. It has its beneficial role in cancer, diabetes, liver treatment, heart trouble, ulcer, anemia, and various other diseases. Similarly, it has the application as antioxidant, immunomodulatory, antipyretic, analgesic, cytoprotective, antitussive, and gastroprotective. In addition, it is useful in memory enhancing, ophthalmic disorders, and lowering cholesterol level" http://www.jorr.org/article.asp?issn=2249-4987;year=2015;volume=7;issue=2;spage=65;epage=68;aulast=Grover
"Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is a tree native to China, India and other tropical areas in Asia. The extract or powder obtained from these potent gooseberries has been primarily used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Amla contains a broad spectrum of compounds that have been shown to promote health as well as fight a number of conditions and diseases.
Amla powder extracted from Indian gooseberry contains high levels of the antioxidant vitamin C, as well as ellagic acid, flavonoids and tannin. A 2009 article found in "Phytotherapy Research" states that these compounds reduce the harmful buildup of free radicals and reduce oxidative stress with in the body." https://www.livestrong.com/article/280952-what-are-the-benefits-of-amla-powder/
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