This humble fruit, also known as the Indian gooseberry, is one of the most important foods in Ayurvedic medicine and is a storehouse of good health. It has almost twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and about 17 times that of the pomegranate. Use this inexpensive wonder fruit to stay well this winter.
Here are some of amla’s health benefits:
Cures sore throat and cold: Amla is a great source of Vitamin C. Mix 2 teaspoons of amla powder with 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it three to four times a day for immediate and effective results.
Amla reduces constipation: Being rich in fibre, amla manages constipation troubles.
Amla helps heal painful mouth ulcers: If taken in liquid form, amla can also cure mouth ulcers. Dilute amla juice in half a cup of water, gargle and you’re set.
Amla has anti-inflammatory properties: Amla helps in reducing arthritis-related pain. Snack on dried amla or have it fresh and raw. Both work.
Helps in weight loss: Are you working out hard to reduce your weight? Including amla in your diet will achieve amazing benefits as it improves metabolism and aids in faster digestion.
Here are some ways to use Amla or Amlaki (nectar of life in Sanskrit) in your daily life:
Dried amla for snacking: The luscious, tangy-sweet flavour of this fruit makes it a perfect winter-time snack. It is a great source of Vitamin C and is absorbed easily by the body unlike Vitamin C supplements. Prepare dried amla using honey to make it even more savoury.
Amla powder for your hair: Amla is one of the most nourishing herbs for the hair. It acts as a natural conditioner for healthy, shiny hair. It also slows down the greying process. Amla helps strengthen hair follicles, and increases blood circulation in the scalp, thus stimulating hair growth. Use amla oil or mix amla powder in henna and apply on your hair.
Amla for glowing skin: This wonder berry is known to be the best anti-ageing fruit according to traditional Indian medicine. Regular intake of amla not only leads to a healthy and glowing skin but also improves eye sight, boosts the immune system, and regulates blood sugar and lipids. Eat as murabba, pickles or candies; but consume it daily.
The easiest way to have amla is either raw, or if you have a taste for it, you could even keep some dried amla candy with you to munch on whenever hungry. This will tackle the junk factor in your life without compromising on taste.