Indian Gooseberry (Amla) has been a fruit known for its near miraculous healing power since ages. It is one of the staples of chawanprash an Indian tonic consumed for its recuperative power. Amla is a seasonal fruit, hence is consumed often as murabba. It is said to contain 20 times more vitamin C as compared to a lemon of similar size and weight. It is a berry used for a large number of ailments, ranging from cough and cold to heart ailments, to boosting immunity, to act as an anti-aging medicine and even to prevent cancer.
Amla contains sodium, Vitamin B-12 complex, Vitamin C phosphorus, iron, Carotene, calcium in large quantities. It is supposed to be good for the brain and improves intelligence and memory. It is also an immunity booster and people who consume it daily experience lesser bacterial and viral ailments.
How to prepare Murabba?
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- Step 1 :- Wash the Amla and prick it with a conventional fork thoroughly
- Step 2 :- Boil the water in a pan for 10 minutes, Add Amlas to it and let them boil for 10 minutes over a high flame. Turn off the heat and let them simmer. Drain the residual water.
- Step 3: Take 2 Kg’s of water and boil it, add sugar gradually to this water, Mix the Amla’s to this syrup, reduce the heat, and let them simmer for 30-40 minutes.
- Step 4: Allow the mixture to cool completely. Keep the mixture in a cool, dry place for 48 hours, so that Amlas could soak in the syrup.
- Step 5: On the third day, remove the Amlas from the syrup, mix saffron and cardamom powder to the syrup, heat it for some time and then retransfer the Amlas back to syrup for 3-4 minutes.
- Step 6: Allow the mixture to cool
- Step 7: Bottle it in sterilized glass and store it in room temperature for up to a year.
Indian Gooseberry benefits
Cures sore throat and Coughs
Amla has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Its daily consumption improves immunity and protects the individual from attacks of cold and cough.
Those suffering from cold and cough would see their discomfort reduced once the Amla is ingested, preferably as a murabba early in the morning or as Juice. Amla juice can be prepared at home, but there are good commercial variants available. Drink tbsp of Juice mixed with warm water every day till the symptoms last.
Word of caution:- Avoid overusing it, for diabetics consult your Doctor as it might mess with your medications.
Insomnia: Amla juice is an excellent stress reliever taken at night before bedtime lets you slumber throughout the night.
Reduces respiratory problem
If you are prone to asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough, or even tuberculosis consumption of Amla will boost the body’s immunity against the said diseases. Symptoms would be alleviated. Efficacy of medication would also improve.
Makes bone Strong
Amla is rich in iron, it slows down activities of cells which makes your bone brittle. Hence its consumption is very good for overall bone health.
Benefits in the case of Dementia and Alzheimer
A study conducted by researchers at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) found that herbal formulation of Amla showed changes in neurotransmitter energetic’s in brain’s hippocampus region.
Prevents formation of Gall bladder stones
Gall bladder stones are formed because of the presence of excess cholesterol in bile juice. Vitamin C in Amla helps prevent that. Consuming Amla reduces the formation of Gall Stone; it also helps keep the Gall Bladder functioning well.
Helps reduce weight loss
It improves overall metabolism and induces weight loss. It has hypolipidaemic properties. The weight gain is associated with fatty liver and Amla balances and promotes metabolism to reduce weight loss.
Amla Juice for people with diabetes
A study in 2011 showed that people consuming Amla had significantly reduced fasting and Postprandial blood glucose levels. Vitamin C in Amla helps in repairing of pancreatic tissues. It also contains Chromium that regulates the carbohydrate mechanism in the body. Consumption of Amla makes the body more receptive to Insulin.
Helps reduce Cancer
Amla has anti-oxidant properties; it helps reduce free oxygen radicals in the bloodstream. Although the exact mechanism is still under study, we do know that consumpti9n of Amla has benefits against this number one killer in the world.
People consuming Amla are known to have excellent eyesight, it also reduces the use of contract lens.
It is also beneficial in a host of other ailments like Intestinal problems, constipation, etc.
Side effects: Are there any side effects of Amla?
Although Amla is the second most abundant source of Vitamin C, It contains 600mg to 700 mg of Vitamin C per fruit. Consumption of more than 2,000 mg per sitting could cause severe acid reflux.
Excess acid produced is thrown up the esophagus tube causing numerous complications.
It helps control sugar for diabetic patients, consuming it along with prescribed medication may reduce blood sugar to critical levels, so if you are a diabetic, be careful when using Amla.
Can cause Constipation
It is a rich source of fibers, but excess fibers, could have a negative impact on colon transit. It can lead to microbial surge resulting in pain and bloating. Hence excess of it should be again avoided.
If you are pregnant: Although no studies are correlating any adverse consequence to pregnancy, it is still recommended that one should be cautious in consuming Amla when pregnant.
Indian gooseberry benefits for hair
- Amla oil was a powerful inhibitor of 5-alpha reductase. The allopathic medication for baldness also works on inhibiting 5-alpha reductase.
- Amla hair oil is very common hair oil its benefits are time tested.
- It strengthens the scalp and the hair
- Reduces premature graying
- It is an excellent stimulant for hair growth, and it reduces hair loss.
- It also helps treat dandruff and prevent infections like lice infections. It prevents or treats fungal and bacterial infection and finally improves overall hair appearance.
- Amla powder benefit in weight loss:
- As mentioned earlier, Amla has unique properties that lead to weight loss.
Amla is an excellent preventive medication. It is a highly nutritious fruit and one of the richest sources of Vitamin C., amino acids and minerals. It contains tannins, alkaloids, and phenol3. It is readily available and can be safely consumed, albeit not in excess.
If mixed with other juices like Aloe-Vera, Jamun(Black Plum) or karela (bitter gourd), additional benefits can be driven.
Students and older people are particularly encouraged to consume the fruit as a tonic to brain and memory. There are very few side effects, only in case of people with diabetes should care to be taken.