You probably remember amla as a bitter and sour fruit that your grandmother would ask you to eat for good health. A staple in the Indian culture, amla or the Indian gooseberry is a superfood that is loaded with a plethora of important nutrients and beneficial properties.
These powerful berries have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to their high vitamin C content and astonishing antioxidant properties. Folk medicine has been using alma to help with various health issues, from diabetes to indigestion, skin conditions to IBS. They’re also believed to help improve eyesight, lower blood sugar, help prevent dementia. In fact, Amla berries have been clinically proven to boost immune function when taken as a long-term remedy. (I recommend taking this)
Alma and Alcohol
Taking amla can help neutralize the bad effects of alcohol on your mind and body. Because of their ability to restore vitamins and flush out toxins, amla berries are known to be a powerful tool against hangovers too.
If you choose to drink alcohol, take alma as the berries support liver health. A healthy liver is important not only for processing toxins and hormones, but also for cortisol production. A study, published in the journal ‘Food and Function’, finds that amla helps mitigate hyperlipidemia (too many fats) and metabolic syndrome. This is very beneficial for health issues like fatty liver.
Alma Berry Decimates Cancer
Amla is considered “a wonder berry in the treatment and prevention of cancer, according to the latest research. In early in vitro tests amla has demonstrated promise both in preventing growth and invasion in some strains of cancerous cells. (study)
Scientific studies find that amla (here):
- Boosts heart health
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves vision
- Boosts memory
- Aids in cancer prevention
- Improves insomnia
- Regulates blood pressure
- Stabilizes cholesterol levels
- Fights free radicals
- Reduces heartburn
- Strengthens bones
- Improves oral health .
- Prevents and treats Type 2 Diabetes do to its chromium content.
- Boosts metabolism and lowers cravings
- Improves digestion by stimulating the secretion of gastric and digestive juices.
- Provides relief from constipation
- Helps with stomach ulcers.