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Amazing Health Benefits of Amla or Indian Gooseberry

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Amla or Indian Gooseberry is a Vitamin C rich fruit that helps in fighting common cold and acidity. Amla is also an anti-aging fruit, which helps in managing diabetes, increase calcium absorption, enhance metabolic activities and treat menstrual cramps. Amla is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Do you know that Indian gooseberry or Amla fruit is known for its powerful and rejuvenating nutrients for better health and more energy. Also, you will be astonished to find that it has 8 times more Vitamin C than the orange, around 17 times that of pomegranate and about twice the antioxidant power of acai berry, this humble fruit deserves superfood status. Really it is an amazing fruit!

Want to improve your skin, hair, fertility, immunity or digestion? If yes, Amla is must to have fruit in your diet. Amla enhances the nutrient absorption, removes the free radicals and also helps in flushing out the toxins from the body. It protects from countless ailments ranging from common cold to cancer or infertility. It also balances the stomach acid, fortifies the liver, supports the heart and nourishes the brain along with mental functioning. It also helps in strengthening the lungs, enhances fertility and helps in urinary system, improves the skin quality and promotes the healthy hair.

Amla has so many amazing health benefits. Let’s dive into more detail what exactly is Amla or Indian Gooseberry.

What is Indian Gooseberry or Amla?

The fruit belongs to Euphorbiaceous family and ripens in autumn season in a west forest and hilly areas on Indian subcontinent. The fruit tastes sour but is nourishing. Both dried and fresh fruits have their respective health benefits. Apart from vitamin C, it contains many minerals and vitamins like calcium, iron, phosphorus, carotene and vitamin B complex. It is also known as powerful antioxidant agent.

Amla prevents and repair oxidative damages and makes gooseberries powerful against several conditions including various cancer types. Gooseberry or Amla 

Now, you might be thinking how to consume the fruit, which is so sour. Don’t worry much as we have found some hacks for you.

- The best way of consuming Amla is in its powder form. It is bitter in taste; so you can also mix ginger powder, limejuice and honey.

- You can also add powder in a glass of fresh juice for breakfast.

- If this doesn’t suit you, you can also sprinkle powder on fruits like apple, banana or papaya and lavish yourself with a mid meal snack.

I know these tips will help you a lot in improving your health. Now, we have fair knowledge that Amla powder is also known for boosting immunity as it has several benefits for hair and skin and overall health. Find below the list of amazing health benefits of Amla.

What are health benefits of Amla?

The vitamin C rich fruit is useful for treating various diseases and has various health benefits:

1- Helps in fighting common cold- Amla is highly rich in vitamin C and it is easily and quickly absorbed by the body compared to store bought supplements. Consuming it in powdered form three to four times a day gives instant relief from cold or cough. For permanent protection consume one portion of fruit daily.

2- Improves vision or eyesight- Amla’s carotene improves vision. Consuming it daily improves the overall eye health as amla prevents cataract problem, intraocular tension (the pressure on eye you feel), itching, redness and watering of eyes.

3- Relieves from acidity- Amla has great anti-inflammatory properties because of its fiber and water content. It soothes the intestinal lining and curbs acidity.

Relieves from acidity

4- Increases calcium absorption- Amla helps in a better calcium absorption by body. You must be eating enough calcium in your diet but the calcium amount absorbed is different from what you eat.

5- Amla acts as a diuretic- Due to the diuretic property; it eliminates various toxins and unwanted excess salt through urin

6- Amla has anti-inflammatory properties: It helps in reducing the acidic level of stomach thus, fights with inflammation.

7- Manages Diabetes- Due to the presence of chromium in Amla, it is useful for diabetic patients. It stimulates the beta cells, which produces insulin hormones. It also helps in the better consumption of body sugar and also reduces sugar spikes. Know more about Diabetes

8- Reduces heart disease risk. Chromium found in Amla is also helpful for good heart because it reduces the plaque formation and cholesterol in the arteries. It is always better to visit a cardiologist to diagnose health related issues.

Now, everyone wants to have healthy skin forever. But, few of them know that Amla can really help with healthy skin forever.

9- Anti-aging- Every woman on this planet wants to look younger forever. The process of aging can be slowed down with the powerful antioxidants present in Amla. Antioxidants help in getting rid of free radicals, which is, the reason for causing wrinkles, age spots and blemishes. Amla also helps in improving immunity, hair quality, and appetite and eye health.  

10- Purifies blood:Take Amla powder with a teaspoon of honey as it works great as a blood purifier. You can also use jaggery instead of honey and consume the mixture regularly. Regular intake of Amla powder will increase hemoglobin naturally.

gooseberry helps in purifies blood

11- Fights free radicals in the body: This helps in reducing the cell damages plus the risk of inflammation and cancer.

12- Prevents hair loss: It not only helps in curbing with dandruff but also prevents hair loss. Prepare a paste with Amla powder, curd and shikakai. Apply the mixture on the scalp and leave it on your hair for 30 minutes. You can also add a few drops of lime if you have dry scalp.

13- Treating menstrual cramps- Presence of vitamins and minerals in Amla makes it a useful alternative for treating menstrual cramps. It is suggested to take Amla daily so that its nutrients are always in system and prevents menstrual cramps.

Do you get irregular periods with extreme menstrual cramps? You should go through our article Home remedies for irregular periods.

14- Improves the skin: Amla keeps the skin healthy by keeping it hydrated. Consume Amla powder with water or you can also prepare a facemask for natural glow. Mix amla powder with honey and yoghurt for preparing a quick facemask. Leave it on your face until it dries. Wash it off with water. You will notice your skin to be more clean and smooth.  

All the pregnant ladies, you must be thinking can I have Amla during pregnancy or not. The good news is that, yes you can have and it has multiple benefits.

Safe during pregnancy: Amla is also safe to consume during pregnancy because of its micronutrients. During pregnancy, Amla relieves from constipation, normalizes blood pressure, reduces morning sickness, improves the digestion, prevents from anemia and treats edema.

How to take Amla in different ways?

There are 6 different ways of taking Amla for various health benefits:

1- As a fresh fruit- It is always great to get this fruit fresh even occasionally.

2- Amla Juice- Always go with fresh Amla juice. Commercial products have added sugar and glucose syrup.

3- Amla Candy- The other way of consuming vitamin C rich fruit is in the candy form. It is easily available in the market.

4- Amla Chutney or Pickle- This is an interesting way of adding Amla in the diet. The pickle or chutney helps in adding spicy flavor in the foo  Amla Chutney or pickle

5- Powdered Amla-It is one of the best and inexpensive options for adding Amla in the diet. It is recommended to take small amount of Amla before each meal in your diet. It helps in enriching from within, making blood vessels not only thicker but stronger. It also enhances the immunity, making it easy to fight infections easily.

6- Amla C Capsules- The easiest way of consuming Amla is by using consuming Amla capsules. It is suggested to take dosage both in morning and evening. Though it is best to take before meals for improving the digestion.

There are no side effects of eating Amla in any form. If you found yourself allergic to Amla, then you should stop taking it. In such cases, you can talk to doctor about the substitutes.

Not Amla but there are other herbs and fruits also which has amazing health benefits. Let’s discuss about Benefits and Side Effects of Licorice.

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Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician Dr. Surveen Ghumman

Dr. Surveen Ghumman is an infertility specialist and gynecologist specializing in IVF, Reproductive Endocrinology, Recurrent failures of implantation, Embryology, Fertility preservation and Surrogacy. Dr. Surveen has completed MBBS from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana in 1986 and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Government Medical College, Amritsar in 1991. She has also pursued certificate courses in ART and Clinical Embryology from Manipal University and fellowships in Minimal Access Surgeries. She has also pursued Micromanipulation in ART in the year 2011. Dr. Surveen is practicing at The Fertility Clinic IVF Solutions and Max Super Specialty Hospital. For more information, visit


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Roshini Basnet

If you have any eye problems like blind spotting, night blindness or blurry eye then, Amla can play a vital role to improve your eyesight.

Sept. 21, 2018, 1:33 p.m. 5.0


Vanira Kapoor

I hate eating amla but all the good things come with bad packing. I will have them even if they are not good in taste.

Sept. 2, 2018, 6:56 a.m. 4.5


Sushri Satpathy

Amla helps my father who has diabetes to stay fit and keep his diabetes in check. Amla is indeed very beneficial for the body.

Aug. 25, 2018, 5:24 p.m. 5.0


Susheela Verma

Overcooking can degrade the beneficial quality of amla so try to consume it fresh and on a regular basis. You can have dry amla candy too.

June 10, 2018, 11:13 a.m. 4.5


Sushmita Malakar

A good read, everyone must know the health benefits of indian gooseberries or amla.

May 24, 2018, 3:13 p.m. 4.5

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