Amazing Health Benefits of Gooseberry or Amla
Indian gooseberry is known as amla in Hindi. It belongs to Euphorbiaceae family. It is very nutritious but the taste is sour. According to Ayurveda gooseberry balance the three dosha vata, kaph and pitta of body and storehouse of good health
Flavones and anthocyanins are found in gooseberries beneficial for health. Rich in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. Gooseberry is on the top of superfoods. Small in size but large in health benefits.
Nutrition facts of Gooseberry
100 gm gooseberry contains
Vitamin C 33% of daily value
Carbohydrate 10 %
Water 80 %
Less than 1 % fat and protein
Amazing Health benefits of AMLA
Carotene in amla keeps eyes healthy. Eating regularly keeps eyes away from itching, redness and improve eye vision.
Acts as a natural hair conditioner. Improve blood supply to the scalp to prevent hair fall, premature graying of hairs, and dandruff.
We use amla oil for hair massage.
Use amla powder with henna for hair pack.
2 teaspoon of amla powder with 2 teaspoons shi kak ai powder mix with 2 teaspoon yogurt form a paste apply on the hairs. Wash with a mild shampoo after 15 minutes.
Due to anti-aging effect keeps skin wrinkle free and glowing. Drink amla juice with honey in the early morning.
Amla juice simply used as face mask leave it for 30 minutes and wash with water.
Take few pieces of papaya mix with amla paste and honey. Make a paste and apply to the face. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash with water.
Amla scrubs for dry and normal skin
Amla powder with tamarind pulp and message on the face. After 15 minutes wash with water.
Health benefits of Amla
Reduce cholesterol so control raised blood pressure. Improve insulin production helps in diabetes management. Drink amla juice regularly.
It’s dried powder with honey stimulates appetite. Due to laxative properties removes the toxins from the body. Alkaline nature of it strengthens the digestive system.
Drinking one glass of juice before a meal helps to eat less and increase metabolism. You may add it in weight management plan. Due to fiber content relieve constipation.
Potent antioxidants agent so it reduces free radicals in the body. Free radicals are responsible for wrinkles and aging and some cancers. Protect the body from oxidative damage.
Take 2 tsp of dried powder with 2 tsp honey 3-4 times in a day for quick relief or eat one amla per day for prevention of cold.
Mix its juice with water and gargle for two times in a day.
How to use amla?
Amla is available from November to April. Get proper health benefits of it by drinking fresh amla juice in the morning. Mix 20-30 ml of juice with water and for taste add some lemon juice.
Mix juice with Jamun or Indian blackberry or Kerala juice to control diabetes.
Deseed the amla and sprinkle salt on it then keep it from drying in the sunlight. After complete dehydration put in a dry jar and use it.
Amla pickle or murabba
Make spicy achar or murabba by keeping in sugary syrup.
1 kg gooseberry
½ lemon juice
1 kg granulated sugar
400 ml water
Put amla, lemon juice and water in a pan bring to boil then simmer for 15 minutes until fruit becomes soft and pulpy. Put the sugar and gently heat until sugar dissolves. Boil for 15 minutes it becomes red hue. Cool it and check with a finger if it will wrinkle up means jam prepared otherwise boil for another 5 minutes. After cooling put in a dry sterilized jar and seal it. Put in a cool place. The jam will good for 6 months.
So in this winter make a habit to add gooseberry in our daily diet and get lots of health benefits of this wonderful food. Hope you like my post.