If you’re new to Ayurveda, chances are you’ve been wondering about the various Ayurvedic herbs. Especially the Amla fruit - which, being one of Ayurveda’s most prized ingredients, we talk about a lot. And there’s a reason why you can find it in all three of our capsules.
This little wonder berry, otherwise known as the Indian Gooseberry, is immensely important in Ayurvedic medicine. Plus, it’s packed with so many nutrients that Western medicine is sitting up and taking notice of its health benefits, too.
Put simply, it improves everything from skin to hair, immunity to IBS. So, let’s take a look at this secret weapon’s superpowers in more detail.
Skin in the game
Amla is loaded with vitamins; for perspective, 100g of Amla berries packs the same amount of Vitamin C as 20 oranges. It also contains Vitamin A, which is great news for your skin. As a rich source of Vitamin C, Amla has reparative properties, and works to smooth, soften and delay the effects of ageing, while Vitamin A works to keep the skin healthy, preventing breakouts.
I spy with my little eye
Further studies have shown that Amla can boost vision, thanks to its carotene. Regular consumption has also been linked to better overall eye health and reduced problems with cataracts, itchy and watery eyes. Being rich in Vitamin A also means that this little Indian Gooseberry helps to lower the risk of age-related eye concerns like macular degeneration.
Healthy hair, don’t care
Amla boosts the body’s absorption of calcium, which creates healthier bones, teeth, nails and hair. It also supports the strength of the hair follicles, so there’s less thinning with age, leaving your locks lustrous for longer. Plus, colour is protected too - bonus.
Burn, baby, burn
Probably one of the lesser known benefits of Amla is that it can help to burn fat. Not just that but it helps to prevent cravings and the fruit itself has a very low fat content. 150g of the stuff contains less than 70 calories and many people find that if they eat or drink Amla before a meal, they feel more full. Nutritionists have also found that Amla speeds up the metabolism which can help with healthy weight loss too.
In Ayurveda, Amla is an antioxidant, preventing and repairing the damage caused to cells by free radicals. All that Vitamin C we mentioned earlier helps the body to recover from illness, while Vitamin A boosts immunity and stops you getting sick in the first place. The berries also include several flavonols, which are chemicals that have been linked to benefits including improved memory and prevention of vascular diseases.
It probably won’t surprise you that all of the health benefits of Amla mean that it’s fantastic for your heart and liver health. In fact, some studies have found that taking Amla products can help to protect against kidney damage, heart disease and preserve the function of your organs.
Ayurveda teaches us that the mind and gut are intrinsically linked. Amla cleanses the gastrointestinal tract, flushing toxins away and improving digestion to allow the body and brain to communicate. Its anti-inflammatory properties also soothe any irritation and help to promote calm and proper digestion. In fact, these are just some of the reasons why we’ve included it in our Rest and Digest capsules.
Where can I get it?
All three of our supplements contain a variety of super herbs, including Amla! From our Gold Shield Immunity capsules, to our Rest & Digest digestive capsules, and Deja Mind Balance, it’s never been easier to consume Amla powder on a daily basis. Designed to help your mind and body to feel more focused and calm, Deja Mind Balance gives you the tools needed to combat stressful days, boost brainpower and improve mood.
Ready to start reaping the benefits of Amla and its rich vitamin properties and anti-ageing factors? Shop the range today.