5 Health Benefits of Amalaki / Indian Gooseberry : A Write Up By Dr. Mahima. KM. Amalaki (Phyllathus embelica Linn) commonly known as Indian gooseberry is a tangy seasonal fruit and is an ingredient in a number of Ayurvedic formulations and indian cuisine.

Amalaki (Phyllathus embelica Linn) commonly known as INDIAN GOOSEBERRY is a tangy seasonal fruit and is an ingredient in a number of Ayurvedic formulations and indian cuisine. According to Indian mythology , it is the first tree to be created in the universe, manifested out of the tears of Lord Brahma while he was meditating.

Ayurveda considers it as the most potent Rasayana (Rejuvenating & Immunomodulating) drug and ancient Ayurvedic texts have dedicated exclusive chapters to explain the health benefits of Amalaki.

Let’s have a look on 5 interesting facts about Amla:

  1. Amla is the “Superberry” known as the richest source of Vitamin C, but also a dietary supplement that enhances iron dialysability and uptake.
  2. The presence of rich chromium in Amla improves the cells sensitivity to insulin, making it great for diabetes. Use of Amla juice with turmeric powder is the simple combination to maintain a healthy glucose level.
  3. According to Ayurveda : amla contains five of the six tastes – sweet, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent; all except salty, which aid in improving appetite and also balances the three Doshas which are responsible for good digestion. Read more about importance of taste
  4. Amla is a great source of water soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fibers can help to improve digestion and lower blood sugar levels while insoluble fibers relieve constipation.
  5. Amla is also rich in Vitamin A (100 gms of amla has 290 IU of Vitamin A) which is good for maintaining eye health.

Amla is a storehouse of all things good to maintain health, which is why it is known as the best rejuvenative drug. You can eat it raw, with salt, juice it, make pickles out of it for a tangy twist. There are many ways you can take this which makes it very kitchen friendly. There are even some fish dishes with amalaki.

In any form amla everyday will help you to maintain good health and well being, improve immunity and stay young.