Amla, also known as “Indian gooseberry”, is loaded with
nutrients and is the richest natural source of vitamin C. Amla helps improve digestion and relieve
acidity. It is also effective for diabetics as it helps control blood glucose
levels. It helps prevent aging, greying of hair and boosts immunity. It is an uncommon balance of sweet, sour, pungent and
bitter flavours. You can pickle it, make a jam or have candied amla. Being a
very rich source of Vitamin C, iron and calcium, amla is a health treasure. It also offers
a number of beauty benefits for your hair and skin. “Amla is a very special
fruit full of antioxidants that are effective in reducing the cell damage which
reduces the free radicals that can cause disease in the body”, says Dr. Komal
Bhadouria, Nutritionist, SCI International Hospital, New Delhi. One of the best
ways to have amla is in the powdered form. Since amla powder is a bit
bitter tasting, you can drink a mix of amla powder, ginger powder, honey and
lime juice or you can even add amla powder to a glass of fresh juice for
breakfast. You can also sprinkle some amla powder on fruits such as
banana, apple or papaya and have as a mid-meal snack.
It also improves your immunity so that
you can fight infections easily. One of the best amla powder benefits is
that it reduces the risk of heart disease by regulating the build-up of bad cholesterol.
Amla is rich in antioxidants that
help in fighting free radicals in the body. You can mix amla
powder, honey and yogurt to make a quick face mask. Leave it on till it dries
and then wash off. It will leave your skin smooth and clean. One of the best
benefits of amla is that it has a high fibre content which works wonderfully
for the digestive system. It's an effective cure for constipation. The dried powder of the amla fruit is also a great
home remedy for hyperacidity and stomach ulcers.
Amla is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces the acid level in the stomachand fights inflammation. One important benefit of amla is
that it is considered as the first and foremost food for anti-aging. A daily basis is the makes
the body more responsive to insulin and regulates the blood glucose levels. Amla powder when taken with a teaspoon of
honey acts as a great blood purifier.
You can also mix it with jaggery and have it daily. Regular consumption of
amla powder helps in increasing your haemoglobin naturally.
It not only cures dandruff but also helps in preventing hair loss. Make
a paste with shikakai, curd and amla powder. Apply this on your scalp and leave
it on for half in hour. You could also add few drops of lime to this pack to
treat a dry scalp.