Herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. However, only recently has it increased in popularity in herbal supplements in Western medicines. These cultures have used fruits high in antioxidants and nutrients to treat almost any ailment. The amla fruit is one of those.
What is the amla fruit?
Amla, or Indian Gooseberry, is a green berry that is harvested from trees in the Indian subcontinent and is used in Ayurvedic herbal preparations. The amla tree is considered sacred by Hindus, for they believe their deity, Vishnu, dwells in it. From stimulating hair growth and preventing hair from greying, to aiding in digestion functions, the amla fruit seems like a cure to all. The berry is sour and can be consumed both dried or fresh. Amla is loaded with vitamin C and vitamin B complex, and contains many minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, and carotene. Amla also has high antioxidant properties, which help the body fight against cancer.
Due to amla having high carotene and iron content, as well as being a strong antioxidant, it can prevent free radicals from damaging hair follicles and therefore prevent hair loss. In India, the fruit is turned into an oil or paste and rubbed on hair to strengthen roots, maintain color, and improve luster. Amla also helps the body with calcium consumption. Calcium is essential to the production of our bones, teeth, and nails, and also helps improve hair luster.
The vitamins and antioxidant properties in Amla make it a great source for preventing infections and treating a wide range of health problems. Vitamins in the fruit can be used to treat menstrual cramps, improve eyesight, and even control diabetes. It's antioxidant qualities prevent free radicals from entering the body and is used for anti-ageing. The high levels of chromium in amla can also prevent heart disease by reducing cholesterol build up!
Amla has many properties that can aid with normal digestive functions. The fruit is high in fiber and can help with constipation problems. Why is constipation bad? In addition to being very uncomfortable, constipation can bring about various gastrointestinal disorders and even colorectal cancer. The fiber in the fruit adds bulk to the stool and helps move food through the bowels.
Amla can also help stop diarrhea by adding bulk to the stool. The fruit has cooling properties that can help alleviate hyperchlorhydria and the gastric syndrome. It also cools the burning sensation and reduces the discomfort often felt during diarrhea.
Due to the healing powers of Amla and it's strong laxative properties, we use it in our Detox Support Kit to help rid the body of toxins and promote healthy digestion!
Amla can be used as a remedy for indigestion, hair loss, and gastric and cardiovascular illness. The next time you're in the grocery store, buy some amla berries and see what the fruit can do for you!