Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

Introduction

Amla is the Indian Gooseberry found very commonly in India. As per the Ayurveda, amla contains certina properties which have a rejuvenating and revitalizing effect on the body. The constituents such as Vitamin C, Iron and Calcium are extremely beneficial to the body and can reduce the body heat, correct the digestive disorders, and also remove the fatigue. Diabetics make it a point to have Amla juice in the morning as it helps with urinary incontinence. The other names amla is known as are Bhumi Amla, Amlika, Anola, Adiphala, Amalaka, Nillika etc. In India it is commercially cultivated in Uttar Pradesh, and is also grown in states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. This tree is considered to be very sacred in India and the fruit and flowers of this tree are worshipped as well.

Nutritional Value

Apart from the tangy taste, amla is known for its rich nutrients. It is a great source of antioxidants, iron, vitamin A, C, fiber, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It is extremely beneficial for the health. It is also the source of natural citric acid.

Usage in Indian Kitchen

All of us have had the famous Amla Murabba. Our mothers and grandmothers used to ensure that we must have at least one Amla Murabba daily. Well, it had its benefits which surely can’t be ignored. Besides, ground amla is used in Indian Kitchen, in chutneys and curries. Amla Candy and dried chips, jellies, powders and pickle are very well known to the Indian cuisine. The wood of this tree is used very commonly as firework.

Health Benefits of Amla

  1. Prevents tumor growth.
  2. Improves and brings shine to hair and skin.
  3. Considered good for eyes.
  4. Slows down the ageing process by improving the complexion and removing the wrinkles.
  5. Helpful for diabetic and heart disease patients.