CHENNAI : Amla, also called as Gooseberry, is a multi-purpose food that offers a lot of benefits. With its hair enriching, skin enhancing, antioxidant properties, it is a boon for everybody. Amla enhances food absorption, balances stomach acids, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, and supports the heart. It also strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination of free radicals, enhances fertility and helps the urinary system. This fruit acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality and aids in vision care. Here are more benefits of the humble amla:
Eating fresh amla or applying its paste on hair roots improves hair growth and colour. Amla oil is very popular in India because it has been proven to reduce the chances of hair loss and baldness. This is due to the iron and carotene content of amla, and the antioxidant capacity. This reduces hair loss by not allowing free radicals to damage hair follicles or impact the hormones that can cause premature hair loss.
Drinking amla juice is good for improving eyesight; this is mainly due to its impressive carotene content, which has long been known for its powerful effect on vision-related conditions. Vitamin A and carotenes reduce macular degeneration and night blindness and also helps in strengthening your vision before age-related degeneration from free radicals occurs.
Treats menstrual cramps
The minerals and vitamins in amla combine to make it very useful in the treatment of menstrual cramps. Since it takes a while for the necessary elements to accrue in the body, it is better to consume amla on a regular basis so that its nutrients are always in the system and menstrual cramps can be prevented.
Besides being a fruit that is very high in water content, amla is also diuretic in nature. This means that it increases the frequency and volume of urination. Urination helps our body eliminate unwanted toxins and excess levels of water, salt, and uric acid. Therefore, a diuretic substance is always necessary for keeping your kidneys healthy and for preventing urinary and uterine infections.
Relieves diarrhea & dysentery
Amla is a useful component in remedies for diarrhoea and dysentery. It provides great relief for the gastric syndrome and hyperchlorhydria (burning sensation in the abdomen). It also cools the burning sensation and reduces the discomfort often felt
Amla contains more than 80% water, minerals, and fiber. It is also used as a remedy for fever, liver disorder, indigestion and anaemia. It lowers cholesterol levels, increases red blood cell production, and strengthens teeth and nails. Therefore, include this super food as a morning drink or as a fruit in between your meals, to reap all its benefits.