About Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica)
Beneficial Properties of Indian Gooseberry / Amla
Amla or Indian gooseberry is a fruit tree and is known to be native to the Asian regions. It is well known for medicinal purposes and culinary uses. It produces smaller yellow-green and round berries that are sour and are being used as a flavor enhancer for various dishes. It is used by Ayurvedic healers for thousands of years due to its medicinal properties and good nutritional profile. Therefore, this article is focused to highlight its beneficial effects for supporting natural health and overall wellness.
Improved Brain Health and Memory
Antioxidants and phytonutrients present in the Indian gooseberry help to fight against the damage caused by the free radicals. Its regular consumption is also helpful to improve the health of brain cells as a higher concentration of vitamin C in this amla boosts norepinephrine production. This compound is a neurotransmitter, and its optimal production is critically important for improving brain functioning in dementia patients.
100 grams serving of Indian gooseberry provides 300 mg vitamin C which is double the daily recommended dose for adults. Other than vitamin C a notable number of flavonoids, alkaloids, and polyphenols are also present in the amla berries. Thus, it offers potential anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties and helps to fight against various disorders.
Improving Health of Eyes
Indian gooseberries are a rich source of vitamins and help to improve the eye’s health, vision, and sight. Vitamin A has a direct role in vision improvement and helps to reduce the risk of macular degeneration with time. Vitamin C is also helpful to fight against bacteria in the eyes and pink eye infections.
Indian gooseberries are rich sources of fiber, and their optimal consumption is helpful for the regulation of bowel movements. Thus, it reduces the symptoms associated with irritating bowel syndrome. A higher concentration of vitamin C is also helpful for efficient absorption of nutrients in the body and helps consumers to get maximum advantage of mineral supplements and other nutrients.
The presence of soluble fiber present in the amla berries helps to reduce the rate of sugar absorption in the body. Therefore, it significantly reduces the spikes in the blood sugar and exerts positive impacts on the lipid count and blood glucose levels in people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Reduced Heart Burning
Results of oriented, well-planned, and properly implemented studies have shown that the use of amla berries is helpful to reduce the frequency and intensity of heart burning in people suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease. Consumption of 1000 mg of its tablets on daily basis helps to reduce the symptoms.
Higher contents of vitamin C present in Indian gooseberries offer promising skin health and antiaging benefits. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and significantly protects the body from cellular damage. Other than the antioxidative activities consumption of amla berries promotes collagen production which makes the flexible, and firm protein matrix in the soft tissues, and skin. Its extract is also being used in hair oils, and hair care products for improving hair health and reducing hair loss.
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