Indian gooseberry which is also known as Amla, is reckoned to be ‘Dhatrik’ which means to be a motherly figure. This is another reason behind Amla being worshipped in Indian culture since ages. Another very pertinent factor behind this is its myriad health benefits.
One of the oldest and the most traditional medicinal system native to the Indian sub continent is Ayurveda. This very ancient form of alternative medicine acknowledges and utilizes amla to cure a myriad diseases and uplift the concept of positive health.
In Sanskrit Amla is called Amalaki or amala[Emblica officinalis, or emblic myrobalan],it is more often than not used as a revitalizer and rejuvenator in ayurveda. At the same time it is also used as the Triphala with two other fruit bearing plant species called myrobalans. It is also one the most important ingredient in another ayurvedic medicinal composition which is quite popular amongst the mass and is known as Chawanprash. It is also reputed to be the king of ‘Rasayana’ or rejuvenation. That’s because of its multifarious health benefits.
The Ayurvedic importance and usage of Amla
Ayurveda mentions about the various good and fortifying qualities about Amla. It mentions amla as a digestive, laxative, astringent, aphrodisiac and cooling medicine. It is also considered to possess diuretic, anti-pyretic and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to its myriad curative results on diverse human organs and internal body functioning, Amla has proven to be of a great use in ailments ranging from problems related to the chest like asthma, bronchitis and cough, ailments concerning the digestive system like jaundice, hyper-acidity anaemia, ulcers and and dyspepsia. For other health-related issues like bleeding conditions cancer, eye related diseases, allergies gynecological problems and some skin diseases as well.
Food and Digestion
Amla enables to increase the assimilation and digestion of food. It considerably betters metabolism and enlivens our taste buds so that we can enjoy the food even better. Everyone can use it without any fear of acidity or other gastric issues. Amla is also known to reduce the heat in the body. It is also very rich in fiber and therefore it can also as a laxative. Apart from all of that, Amla can also enable to digest and assimilate iron in the stomach.
It is one of a kind of nature’s fruit that can be used as a regular ingredient in lour diet. If one is looking for a healthy replacement for lemon or tamarind or any other such fruit which is known to impart a sour quality to enhance the taste of the food, then amla is a very healthy alternative that will pamper the taste buds. It can also find usage as a cup of fresh Amla juice, dry powder or for using it as a seasoning by coarsely or finely grating it. Another very good usage of Amla is if it used to make paste that can be consumed along with our regular meals. Another very important quality of Amla is that it can be stored for a very long time if used a s pickle or sugar syrup and is used on a daily basis.
Being one of the best natural sources of vitamin C, Amla consists of 20 times more vitamin C than an orange. It contains tannins in a great amount and this ‘tannic’ content is not reduced even if it is baked or dried. This prevents loss of Vitamin C which is a potent anti-oxidant that fights free radicals, that are a major cause of various which cause many constant and complicated diseases such as high blood pressure, arthritis, various heart ailments, cancer, Alzheimer’s, so on and so forth. Vitamin C is also big-time required by our body in order to boost its healing mechanisms and natural defense system.
Amla also enables a better calcium absorption. Therefore it enables forming, maintaining, and repairing of teeth, bones, hair and nails. Amla also enables to maintain a vibrant hair colour and prevents early greying of the hair strands. Along with that it also aids and further fortifies the strength of hair follicles which eventually proves to be a shield for the hair preventing it from thinning with age.