Amalaki or Amla (also known as Indian gooseberry) is a great source of Vitamin C. It can be called an Ayurvedic “superfood” for its different health benefits.

It has amazing healing properties, the benefits of which extend across the entire human body, right from head to toe, gut to brain, skin, teeth, hair, and much more. And for the same reason, Amla is used in plenty as an ingredient in Ayurvedic medicines.

Amla is also a part of Triphala,” which is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic formulas. Triphala means “three fruits,” and includes amalaki (Amla), bibhitaki, and haritaki.

Benefits of Amla

In Ayurveda, Amla is considered both food and medicine. It balances all three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and is suitable for all body types. Apart from Vitamin C, it is also a great source of vitamins A and E, iron, calcium, antioxidants, and dietary fibres. Amla is beneficial for the good health of your skin, hair, eyes, heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys, stomach and much more.

Amla tops the list of Rasayana herbs in Ayurveda. Rasayana means rejuvenating or anti-ageing. This property of Amla helps build a healthy immune system and strengthens bones, teeth and nails. It also helps maintain youthfulness, and boost overall health and wellbeing.

Amla has a sour taste, which helps improve digestion by helping the body easily absorb nutrients. It also cleanses the liver – an organ that has an important role to play in transforming food into useful nutrients for the body.

Amla is packed with antioxidants, which help in removing the accumulated toxins in the gastrointestinal tract as well as the entire body. It soothes the bowels and ensures the regular removal of toxins from the body.

Amla has a predominant sour taste, but it has a sweet post-digestive taste. This makes it Pitta decreasing. Therefore, Amla is a great cooling herb and is an effective medicine for skin conditions.

The sattvic nature of Amla also helps improve awareness, balance emotions and calms the mind. It is also used in oral care, as an ingredient in different Ayurvedic oral care products.

How to consume Amla?

Amla can be eaten raw or cooked and is also available in dried and powdered forms.

For Vata imbalance, mix 5g amla powder with sesame oil, and consume before or after food. For Pitta imbalance, mix 5g Amla powder with ghee, and consume before or after food. For Kapha imbalance, mix 5g amla powder with honey, and consume before or after food.

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