Health Benefits of Amla – Indian Gooseberry

March 30th, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier

Health Benefits of Amla – Indian Gooseberry

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.

Amla is also reported to possess potent free radical scavenging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic, immunomodulatory activities, which are efficacious in the prevention and treatment of various diseases.

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
  • low-calorie
  • antimutagenic
  • reduces intraocular tension
  • good for anemia
  • reduces blood sugar
  • enriches hair growth
  • strengthens heart muscle
  • antibacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • 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

amla health benefits

Groovy Gooseberry Smoothie


(Always use organic ingredients when available.)

1 Cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
1 Kiwi
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

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.

Study Demonstrates the Benefits of Phyllanthgus emblica Extract for Metabolic Syndrome

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care products Oasis Serene Botanicals.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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