Fascinating Amla Benefits: The Wonder Behind The Bitter

Amla is a powerhouse of nutrients. This fruit is highly rich in Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin B Complex and Vitamin E, etc. So, Amla enhances our immune system and boosts our metabolism.

The humble fruit Amla is also known as Indian Gooseberry. The scientific name of Indian Gooseberry is “Phyllanthus Emblica or Emblica Officinalis”.  In Sanskrit, Amla is called Dhatri, Amalaki, and Amalaki.

You can eat Amla in the form of pickles, jam, and dip.

If you drink a cup of amla juice on an empty stomach, it improves our digestion system, eyesight, beautify skin, enhances hair growth.

According to Ayurveda, Amla pacifies Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  A lot of amla benefits are discussed below.

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Types of Amla or Indian Gooseberry

Now when Amla is being discussed, let us tell you that there are many types of Amla available in the market.

Banarasi Amla

This is a type of Amla that ready on the tree very soon. This fruit is very succulent and it is used to make jam or Murabba. At the age of 5-7 years, it starts giving fruits. At the age of 20 to 30 years, it produces more than 100 kg of fruit.

Francis Amla

It is also called Hathi Jhool. Because its branches are flexible. At the age of 10 years, it gives fruit up to 50 kg. And at 20 to 30 years of age, it gives fruit from 300 kg to 400 kg.

If there is a deficiency of boron in the soil, then this fruit starts deteriorating from inside. When the calcium content in the soil is high, the fruit starts deteriorating.

Chakaiya Amla

At the age of 3 years, it starts giving 10 to 15 kg. This variety is highly rich in Fibre and used to make Amla Candy. The size of this tree is smaller than Banarasi and Francis Amla Tree.

Krishna Amla

The pulp of this fruit is light pink and green. It is used in making Murabba because it is not very fibrous.

Kanchan Amla

The color of pulp is light yellow and it is highly fibrous. Due to which it is used to making pickles. It is produced in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Amrit

It is also known as NA 6. It is large in size and the color of pulp is light yellow. NA 6 is not rich in fiber. So, it is used to make juice, Murabba, and Amla Candy.

Neelam

This is also known as NA-7. It is the most fruitful variety. Because it has a huge amount of female flowers. In this variety, fiber is better than NA 6. It is used more in making Chyawanprash.

Narendra Amla 10

The color of NA 10 is light pink color. Its pulp is light green and the amount of fiber is high. This variety is highly used in making pickles.

Wild Himalayan Amla

It is a fruit grown in winter, which is found more in North America. Its color is light yellow and very juicy.

Amla Nutrition Value

The nutritional value of any edible item tells about the nutrients it contains along with their amount. Amla is highly rich in vitamin C. It is a good source of Iron, Phosphorus, calcium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B Complex, and fiber.

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The nutritional value for every 100 gm of Amla is as follows,

Energy58 Kilo Calories
Fibers3.4%
Proteins0.5%
Fat0.1%
Carbohydrates13.7g
Calcium50%
Iron1.2mg
Carotene9 microgram
Thiamine0.03mg
Riboflavin0.01mg
Nicene0.2mg
Vitamin600mg

List of Amla Benefits

Amla can be cooked or eaten raw or can be made into a paste, or Aachaar, there are a lot of ways to use Amla. Let us first discuss the health benefits of Amla.

Improves Eyesight

The very first reason to consume Amla is that it improves eyesight. Eyes are among the most precious gifts we have received from God, and it’s high time we start taking care of them because, without eyes, the world is nothing.

Amla is rich in a lot of nutrients like Vitamin A, which is a must for the strengthening of the ciliary muscles (muscles controlling the pupil). So include Amla in your diet and see the change.

Amla Benefits For Weight Loss

Yes, you heard it right. Amla also helps greatly in losing weight by burning the extra unnecessary fat present in the body that is holding you back and increasing your weight. It helps a lot in boosting metabolism, so the weight shedding process becomes quicker, and adding amla juice to your exercise routine will help you greatly in losing weight and becoming fitter, and happier.

Amla Benefits For Hair

Strengthening the hair is one of the most famous jobs done by Amla, and a lot of people all over the world drink amla juice or eat Amla to provide nourishment to their hair.

Amla helps in increasing the blood circulation in the scalp, it prevents dandruff and helps in the overall healthy growth of the hair. If you are facing problems like hair fall, amla is just the right thing for you. Amla also stops the growth of grey hair.

Amla Benefits For Skin

People spend thousands of bucks on skincare, buying products, and going through expensive therapies, but they still can’t overcome the problem of rough skin. But the easiest solution that most people do not know about is Amla. Amla is rich in all the nutrients that are important for the skin to shine and stay healthy. A glass of Amla juice provided more nourishment to the skin than any other medicine, product or therapy does. So have more Amla.

Makes You Immune To Diseases

Amla increases immunity to a great extent, and helps the body in fighting various diseases, and keeps illness at bay. This fruit has antibacterials and antioxidants properties. It fights the free radicals that are infamous for damaging the cells, causing severe conditions like cancer. Amla is really helpful in fighting and preventing life-threatening diseases, and it keeps the body healthy, and the mind happy.

Amla Benefits in Pain

It helps with every kind of pain that the body might be suffering from. This includes joint pain, headache, backache, etc. Its anti-inflammatory properties help the body in relieving pain.

Amla Benefits For Liver

Consuming ½ cup Amla juice daily in the morning frees the liver from toxins. Because it contains plenty of antioxidants that cleanse the liver.

Amla Benefits for Intestines Disease

Boil Amla powder in a glass of water until the water is reduced in half. Now strain and drink it.  It relieves intestinal problems like Alcer.

Amla Benefits for Urinary Diseases

Amla is very beneficial in urinary diseases like intermittent urination, Dysuria, etc. Eating powdered amla, cumin seeds with sugar relieve you from urinary disorders.

Menstrual Problem

Consuming Amla seed powder with washed rice water removes problems such as menstrual pain, excessive bleeding, and irritation during menopause. Consume it for 2-3 days.

Amla Benefits in Jaundice

Consuming amla powder with buttermilk can relieve diseases like jaundice.

Leprosy Disease

Consuming amla with pure desi ghee helps in getting rid of leprosy.

Side Effects of Amla

Yes, there are quite a few side effects of consuming too much Amla. Studies show that Amla can cause Liver Damage if taken in excessive amounts, since it causes an increased production of SGPT enzyme, and this also messes with the digestive system. Diabetic People should avoid having too much Amla since it can lead to hypoglycemia. Too much Amla can also cause dehydration due to its dry properties.

Ways To Consume Amla

We have read about amla benefits.  So, you should include Amla in your diet in a lot of ways. Here we are discussed various amla recipes,

Various Amla Recipes

Amla is a fruit whose taste is astringent and sour. Can’t understand what to make with such bitter taste and how? Everyone knows about Amla ka murabba, Amla ki chutney, and pickles. But today we will make Amla’s parathas, Amla Candy and Amla Juice, etc.

Amla Parantha Recipe

Ingredients

Four medium sizes amla

Fennel seeds = ¼ tablespoon

Coriander Powder=¼ tablespoon

Sugar = ¼ tablespoon

Black salt = ¼ tablespoon

Pinch of white salt and red chili powder

Method

  1. Wash and grate the Amla.
  2. Squeeze Juice of Amla.
  3. Now mix all ingredients with amla.
  4. Make a medium size roti and fill it with stuffing.
  5. Now roll the stuffed dough and bake it with butter, ghee, and oil.

Amla Tablet Recipe

Have you ever eaten Amla Tablet? No, let’s make it and eat.

Ingredient

Medium Size Amla = 4

Ajwain = ¼ tbsp

Black Salt = ¼ tbsp

White Salt = ¼ tbsp

Sugar = ¼ tbsp

Asofiteda = ¼ tbsp

Lemon juice = 1 tbsp

Method

  1. Wash the amla and boil it till one whistle.
  2. Now separate the wedges of amla and throw the kernels
  3. Mix all the ingredients in it.
  4. Now dry it in Sunlight.
  5. After 2-3 days, it is ready to eat.

How to make Amla Powder Recipe?

Ingredients

Amla = ½ kg

Method

  1. Wash and chop the amla and dry it in the sun.
  2. Now grind this dried amla in a grinder.
  3. Now, your amla powder is ready.

How to make Amla Candy Recipe?

Ingredients

Amla = 250 gm

Sugar = 250 gm

Nowadays children like to eat chocolate and toffee, which they do not get any nutrition by eating. So, Amla candy will provide nutrition to them.

Method

  1. Wash the Amla and boil it for 7-8 minutes.
  2. Separate the wedges of amla.
  3. Mix amla with sugar and leave for three days.
  4. After three days, Sieve the amla and dry it in sunlight for a day.

How to make Amla Juice Recipe?

Ingredients

Amla = ½ kg

Recipe

  1. Wash and grate the amla.
  2. Now squeeze the grated amla.
  3. Amla juice is ready.

Make Amla Oil at home

Amla oil is very beneficial for hair like removes dandruff, makes hair strong, reduces hair fall, r hair shining, and Prevents grey hair at a young age. You can also make Amla oil at home.

Amla oil for hair

Ingredients

Amla = ½ kg

Mustard oil = ½ kg

Method

  1. Wash and grind the Amla.
  2. Now heat the oil in the pan.
  3. Put amla in hot oil.
  4. When Amla’s color turns brown then turn off the gas. Keep it cool.
  5. Strain the mixture using a cloth.

How to make Amla Shampoo?

By the way, you will find a lot of Amla shampoo in the market. But still, if you want to make Amla shampoo at home then read this recipe.

Ingredients

Dry Amla = 100 gm

Baheda (dry) = 50 gm

Dry Shikakai = 50gm

Reetha (dry) = 50gm

Method

  1. Grind equal amount of dried Amla, Shikakai, Reetha, and Baheda.
  2. Whenever you want to wash hair, soak the mixture (powder) 1 hour before. And then use it to wash hair

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the right time to drink amla juice?

The right time to consume Amla juice is in the morning. By consuming Amla on an empty stomach improves digestion, removes skin problems, helps you to get rid of Vaata, Pitta, and cough. But if you are suffering from any disease, then you should consume it with the advice of a doctor.

What amount of Amla juice and Aloe Vera juice should be consumed?

Mix ४ spoon aloe vera juice with ८ spoon amla juice. In the morning, drink it on an empty stomach.

Is Amla juice good for the kidneys or not?

Because amla juice is a diuretic, so, urination increases. From which toxic substances are released from the body, and it helps keep your kidney healthy

How Many Amla to Eat in a Day?

4 Amla you can eat in a day.

Hello Friends, Shashi here. I am a Fitness trainer, reader, and writer. A long year back, I completed my diploma in nutrition and health. I hope, you are enjoying my health and fitness experience, sharing on trickyedu health's category.

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