Amla, also known as Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica), is the sour fruit of the Emblica officianalis tree and is found mostly in India as well as tropical southeast Asia. Amla is often pickled or used to make chutney (see below for recipe) and the fruit is the major ingredient in the very popular and healthy jam-like food chyawanprash. Amla also adds a nice sourness to otherwise sweet smoothies.
Amla is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C found in nature. Modern science confirms the medicinal value of this ancient fruit, which also has the ability to support balanced cholesterol. Amla contains anticancer properties, liver supportive properties and immunomodulatory properties. It also has an impressive impact on heart health, especially in helping prevent coronary heart disease.
When purchasing raw Amla Powder make sure the source is from sustainable harvested amalaki trees natively grown in India ensuring no chemicals or pesticides used in the cultivation.
Health Benefits of Amla – Indian Gooseberry
- high in Vitamin C
- reduces intraocular tension
- good for anemia
- reduces blood sugar
- enriches hair growth
- strengthens heart muscle
- strengthens nails
- promotes lean muscle mass
- useful for diarrhea & dysentery
- relief for hyperchlorhydria
- improves appetite
- anti-aging properties
- supports liver function
- balances cholesterol
- increases red blood cell production
- nourishes the brain
- protects against UVB radiation
- contains ellagic acid, gallic acid, emblicanin A+B, super oxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione, peroxidase & catalase
- helps with Metabolic Syndrome
Groovy Gooseberry Smoothie
(Always use organic ingredients when available.)
1 Cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
1 Tblsp freshly ground flaxseeds
1 Cup of Kale or Spinach
1 tsp raw honey
1-2 tsp of raw Amla – Indian Gooseberry Powder
Mix all ingredients in blender or VitaMix. Enjoy!
Amla & Coriander Chutney (Indian Gooseberry Chutney)
1 cup fresh coriander leaves chopped
2 cloves organic garlic
3-4 green chilies
Himalayan salt to taste
2 Amla or Indian Gooseberry
Using a sharp knife, cut the Amla and remove the seed.
Mix all the ingredients, along with the raw Amla, into a smooth paste in a food processor.
Chill before serving with snacks.
Research and Resources
Chemical and antioxidant evaluation of Indian gooseberry (emblica officinalis, phyllanthus emblica) supplements.Phytother Research. 2009
Emblica officinalis extracts reduce oxidative stress in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. J Med Food. 2005.
Gastroprotective effects of Amla Emblica on in vivo test models in rats. Phytomedicine. 2002.
Swetha Dasaroju*, Krishna Mohan Gottumukkala. Current Trends in the Research of Emblica officinalis (Amla): A Pharmacological Perspective.Int. J. Pharm. Sci. Rev. Res., 24(2), Jan–Feb 2014; nᵒ25, 150-159 ISSN 0976–044X. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and ResearchAvailable online at www.globalresearchonline.net
Maurya U, Srivastava S, Traditional Indian herbal medicine used as antipyretic, antiulcer, anti-diabetic and anticancer: A review, International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical Chemistry,1(4), 2011, 1152-9.
Baliga MS, Prabhu AN, Prabhu DA, Shivashankara AR, Abraham A, Palatty PL,Antidiabetic and Cardioprotective Effects of Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn) and its Phytochemicals: Preclinical Observations, Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Diabetes, 2013, 583-600.