The Indian gooseberry, known locally as Amla, is a tree that is famous for its nutrient rich fruits. It has been a common ingredient in the ancient Indian medicinal practice of Ayurveda. It’s a potent source of Vitamin C and also contains iron and calcium. Because it is so versatile, it has become a favourite among the health conscious masses.

Benefits Of Amla

  1. Slows Down Ageing
  2. Cures A Sore Throat
  3. Fights Against Heart Disease
  4. Increases Diuretic Activity
  5. Increases Metabolic Activity
  6. Reduces Blood Sugar
  7. High In Digestive Fiber
  8. Boosts Immunity
  9. Prevents Formation Of Gall Bladder Stones
  10. Prevents Ulcers
  11. Is Anti-Inflammatory
  12. Improves Eyesight
  13. Purifies Blood
  14. Strengthens Bones
  15. Cools The Body
  16. Prevents Constipation
  17. Prevents Jaundice
  18. Reduces The Risk Of Cancer
  19. Protects Your Liver
  20. Makes Skin Glow
  21. Brightens Skin
  22. Reduces Pigmentation
  23. Prevents Lice
  24. Prevents Greying Of Hair
  25. Helps Increase Hair Growth

Amla

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Some of the most amazing benefits of the Indian Gooseberry are:

1. Slows Down Ageing

Amla is virtually a superfruit. It is full of antioxidants that are effective in reducing cell damage (1). It reduces the effects of free radicals (which are responsible for damaging protein, DNA, and cell membranes) and thus effectively combats the aging process.

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2. Cures A Sore Throat

Cures A Sore Throat

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If you’ve got a pesky sore throat problem, then Amla is the fruit for you. Amla juice mixed with a few pieces of chopped ginger and mixed with a tablespoon of honey has been proven to be an effective treatment for a cough and a sore throat.

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3. Fights Against Heart Disease

High cholesterol is the leading cause of heart disease. By reducing the build up of bad cholesterol, Amla reduces the risk of heart disease. It also reduces clogging in the arteries by boosting good cholesterol or HDL (2). Studies have also shown its benefits in preventing the thickening of blood vessel walls, the first sign of heart disease.

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4. Increases Diuretic Activity

Any fruit that is diuretic in nature improves the frequency and volume of urination (3). Because urination helps your body release unwanted toxins, salts, and uric acid, consumption of Amla has a detoxifying effect on your body.

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5. Increases Metabolic Activity

Because of its ability to increase the absorption of protein, Indian Gooseberries are a great way to boost your metabolic rate (4). Your metabolic rate is how fast your body burns calories. Boosting it will lead to faster weight loss, higher energy levels and an overall increase in lean muscle mass.

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6. Reduces Blood Sugar

Research has shown that fruits that are rich in polyphenol protect the body from the oxidative nature of high blood sugar. Amla can thus be therapeutic for people afflicted with diabetes. It also assists the body in the proper absorption of insulin, thus reducing blood sugar levels. Because of this, it is invaluable for people afflicted with diabetes and should be a part of their daily diet (5).

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7. High In Digestive Fiber

Amla is high in fiber, water content, and has anti-inflammatory properties (6). Fiber is essential for healthy bowel movements. It is also necessary for the secretion of gastric and digestive juices. Thus, Amla is great for the entire digestive process.

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8. Boosts Immunity

Amla is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, and contains tannins (7). Tannins, when combined with polyphenols, makes the fruit a free radical scavenger. What this means is, it reduces the damage free radicals cause to the cells and thus improves your body’s disease fighting ability.

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9. Prevents Formation Of Gall Bladder Stones

Extra cholesterol is the primary cause of gall bladder stones. Vitamin C converts the cholesterol into bile in the liver (8). Consuming Amla regularly reduces the chances of a build-up of cholesterol as well as the likelihood of any pesky gallstones. It also keeps the gallbladder functioning well and in perfect health.

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10. Prevents Ulcers

Due to its antibacterial properties, Amla is a great way of preventing ulcers (9). They reduce the acidity level in the body and thus avoid the formation of ulcers. Additionally, mouth ulcers can be caused by a deficiency of vitamin C. As Indian gooseberries are rich in vitamin C, they can provide relief from ulcers.

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11. Is Anti-Inflammatory

It reduces the level of acid in the stomach and combats stomach inflammation. It also keeps the liver in check and flushes out unhealthy toxins.

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12. Improves Eyesight

If made a regular part of the diet, Amla has been known to improve eyesight (10). It also helps in curing itchy, watery, and sore eyes.

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13. Purifies Blood

Because it is packed with antioxidants, Amla works as a blood purifier. It also increases haemoglobin and red blood cells count.

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14. Strengthens Bones

Amla is excellent for strengthening bones not just because of its high calcium content, but also for the fact that it lowers osteoclasts (11). These are the cells responsible for breaking up bones. Thus regularly consuming Amla will result in stronger bones.

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15. Cools The Body

Amla has three times the vitamin C of an orange. Vitamin C improves tannin levels in the body that shield from heat and light. It keeps your skin cool in the summer by regulating the heat.

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16. Prevents Constipation

Because of its high fiber content, Amla is great for the digestive system. A happy side-effect of this is its effectiveness against constipation.

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17. Prevents Jaundice

Because of its antibacterial nature, Amla prevents infections like jaundice and scurvy (12). Consuming Amla on a daily basis in the liquid form is the most efficient way to fight off these infections.

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18. Reduces The Risk Of Cancer

Because Amla is rich in antioxidants, it has various medical applications. Superoxide dismutase, which fights free radicals and reduces cell damage, acts as a potent tool in the prevention of cancer (13).

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19. It Protects Your Liver

Studies have shown that regular consumption of Amla can ward off the ill effects that alcohol has on your liver (14). It also prevents the oxidative damage that is usually caused by them.

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Benefits Of Amla For Skin

Benefits Of Amla For Skin

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20. Makes Skin Glow

Because it’s packed with vitamin C, Amla gives your skin a smooth and youthful look (15). It is known to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells. Amla juice can also be used as a face mask. Simply leave it on your skin for 30 minutes and wash it off.

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21. Brightens Skin

Amla is effective for lightening the skin because of Vitamin C (16).

Chop up a few pieces of Amla and blend it till it forms a smooth paste.

You Will Need

  • Half a papaya
  • Amla paste
  • Honey

What You Need To Do

  1. Mash a few pieces of papaya in a bowl.
  2. Add half a teaspoon of Amla paste and half a teaspoon of honey to it.
  3. Mix well till the paste is smooth.
  4. Apply and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.

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22. Reduces Pigmentation

Amla has been known to reduce pigmentation. Some of the most popular face packs that use Amla are:

Amla Scrub

This is suitable for people with dry and normal skin.

You Will Need

  • Tamarind Paste
  • Amla Powder

What You Need To Do

  1. Add one teaspoon of tamarind paste to one teaspoon of Amla powder and mix well.
  2. Apply to the face with your fingertips. Gently massage into the skin in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with warm water after 10 minutes.

Amla And Avocado Pack

This is suitable for people with dry skin.

You Will Need

  • Amla paste
  • An avocado

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix a tablespoon of Amla powder in water to form a smooth paste.
  2. To this, add two tablespoons of avocado pulp.
  3. Mix well and apply it to your face.
  4. After 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.

Amla Facial

This is suitable for people with dry and oily skin.

You Will Need

  • Yogurt
  • Honey
  • Amla paste

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix two tablespoons of yogurt with one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of Amla paste.
  2. Apply to your face. Rinse after 20 minutes.

Amla Anti-Aging Mask

This is suitable for people with oily skin.

You Will Need

  • Tea leaves
  • Honey
  • Amla paste

What You Need To Do

  1. Boil and strain tea leaves and let the water cool down.
  2. Add two tablespoons of tea water and one tablespoon of honey to Amla paste.
  3. Apply and wash with warm water after 10 minutes.

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Benefits Of Amla For Skin

23. Prevents Lice

Amla oil is an effective treatment for lice. Just soak Amla in water and leave it on overnight. Mash them to make a soapy paste. Use this paste to wash your hair. This will help to get rid of the lice.
Regularly using Amla oil will help moisturize the scalp and keep dandruff at bay.

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24. Prevents Greying Of Hair

If applied to the scalp regularly, Amla can help retain your hair’s natural color and prevent it from greying.

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25. Helps Increase Hair Growth

Amla oil, if regularly applied to the hair, nourishes the scalp and roots and promotes the growth of long and healthy hair.

Amla Hair Masks

Strengthening Pack

You Will Need

  • Amla powder
  • Yogurt
  • Honey

What You Need To Do

  1. Mix two tablespoons of Amla powder with one tablespoon of yogurt and one tablespoon of honey in water.
  2. Apply to the hair strands and roots. Rinse with warm water after 30 minutes.

Anti Dandruff Pack

You Will Need

  • Amla powder
  • Shikakai powder
  • Yogurt

What You Need To Do

  1. Take two teaspoons of Amla and shikakai powder in a bowl.
  2. Add two tablespoons of yogurt to form a paste and apply it to your hair.
  3. Wash after 15 minutes with a mild shampoo.

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Amla is a wonderful all-rounder fruit. Its medical benefits, combined with its versatility, make it a great addition to one’s diet. So, what are you waiting for? Go and buy some of these magical fruits and get super healthy.

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  • Karina

    Very lengthy post.. but very very informative.. none of the points can be skipped!!! all the packs are also good..

    Thnks for sharing such important information. Its an healthy ingredient.. really love it

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Happy that you liked it.. :) :)

  • Carol

    Wow!! superb post!!! this is gonna be now important to put amla to use!!! seriously!!! thks for sharing btw!!

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      *hugs* *hugs* :)

  • Anushka

    Amla post is really good style craze.. This vegetable does wonders to the whole body!! Truly amazing ingredient.. :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Yesss it does.. :)

  • Yahvi

    You can also make saute amla with green chilles.. eating amla like dat also will strengthen the teeth and keep us free from all health problems.. :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      :) :)
      would try it..

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/bhoomidutta/ Bhoomidutta

    Good post Ankita.. :) Really good information you have provided here!!! its self explanatory.. :) Good Going.. ;)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      Thank you bhoomi… :) happy that you liked it..:)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/daksha/ Daksha

    Amla surely does magic for your tresses:)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      :) :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/bhoomidutta/ Bhoomidutta

    My mother would always tell me that amla is amazing for health and beauty but the terrible taste forced me to second guess her! But all this reading and information that you have provided in this article forces me rethink my stand on using amla for better skin. After all like you guys at stylecraze always say….beautiful inside is beautiful outside!

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/Ankita_Biswas/ Ankita Biswas

      *hugs* *hugs*

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/nimratachowan/ Nimrata

    Very nicely written.

  • Manoharr

    what a beautiful post, never seen like this in other sites, it is really gigantic in info with simple and interested to read till the end. even preparing packs- every thing is available at home- so quite easy and simple and more beneficial. Thank you…thank you and …………..thank you!

  • rc

    wonder fruit…..u bet!!!!!!

  • Lynda Burkett

    Can you use Amla on blond hair? I have heard it darkens the hair.

  • Elizabeth Wanjiru

    Waoh! Never thought a fruit could ve al ths benefits.l surely try it.

  • nur mira

    Can we eat two raw amla a day? Is it too much? cos i heard its high in vitamin c.

    • Rahul

      yes you can … its good

  • Zia

    Thanks for the post

  • Akshay

    Can i have murabbas instead of raw amala and does it have d same effect on bodyy ??

  • Nina

    If you can’t get fresh Gooseberries can you use amla powder instead? My mum has arthritis I can’t even get Gooseberrie Juice. Can you please get back to me thank you.

    • Rahul

      yes and see if that helps….personally i have experienced that fresh juice works better but one could also try powder

  • Richa

    I just loved reading the post! Thank you for sharing so mahy amazing benefits of this wonder fruit. Never, ever thought that amla will have so many benefits. Will definitely try using amla hair oil and hair strengthening pack for my tresses. Have been experiencing hair fall for a long time now. Keep sharing more such amazing facts!

  • Feroza

    Please can you give more ways to prepare fresh amla to eat & how to apply on hair, I can get fresh amla but don’t know what to do with it. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    It is wonderful . Amla is really a miracle herb

  • Anonymous

    thanks lot

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Mayur, Amla is a natural diuretic. Amla can help improve the function of urinary system. It can increase urine output, which can help discharge the small stone. It is safe for kidney stone patients to consume proper amount of amla. So you are recommended to ask your doctor for how much amla you should consume everyday. Or you can consult the online doctor for the correct amount of amla to keep your health in condition.