The Indian Gooseberry, also known as Amla, is an amazing fruit and very beneficial in modern day health. The health benefits of the Indian Gooseberry can be attributed to the high vitamin C content. A 100 gram serving of Amla contains as much as 700 mg's of natural vitamin C! Amla enhances food absorption, balances stomach acid, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, supports the heart, strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, is good for the skin, promotes healthier hair, acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, strengthens the eyes, improves muscle tone and it acts as an antioxidant.
Hair care Amla is used in many hair tonics. It enriches hair growth and hair pigmentation. It strengthens roots of hair , maintains color and luster. Eating fresh fruit or applying its paste on hair roots improves hair growth and color.
Vision Care: Taking Gooseberry juice with honey is good for improving eyesight. It improves nearsightedness and may be beneficial for cataracts.
Gooseberry contains chromium. It has a therapeutic value in for healthy blood sugar levels. Indian Gooseberry or Amla stimulate the isolated group of cells that secrete the hormone insulin. Thus it reduces blood sugar.
Gooseberry strengthens heart muscles to help blood flow easily throughout the body.
Due t o its antibacterial and astringent attributes the Indian Gooseberry protects against infection. It improves body resistance.
Amla may help slow the aging process.
Plant Description: Amla is a medium-sized deciduous tree with gray bark and reddish wood which successfully grows in variable agro-climatic and soil conditions. Amla leaves are feathery, linear oblong in shape and smell like lemon. The flowers are greenish yellow in color which starts appearing in the beginning of spring season. The matured tree can tolerate a high temperature of 45C as well as a freezing temperature. Thus, it is not much influenced by hot winds and frost. The gooseberry is native in Europe and western Asia, growing naturally in alpine thickets and rocky woods in the lower country, from France eastward, well into the Himalayas and peninsular India.
History: Amla is worshiped as an auspicious fruit from the ancient time and respected as a symbol of good health.The festival Amala Navami is celebrated at the beginning of winter season of Hindu calender, where Amla tree are socially and religiously propagated among people and cultivated for promotion of good health.
Biological Name: Emblica officinalis
Other Local Name: Indian Gooseberry, Emblic myrobalan, Amla, Amalaki