Winters are here; it’s time to get ourselves recharged with the powerhouse of vitamin C. Yes, that’s right. We are here to discuss the properties, benefits, and advantages of Indian gooseberries, also known as “amla.” Though it is not an easy task to get such sour and bitter ingredients in one’s diet, the exceptional qualities of this fruit have abundant health benefits.
It possesses antioxidant properties along with some other health-inducing agents such as gallic acid, ellagic acid, corilagin, etc. These polyphenols prevent damage to free radicals, which prevents from various cardiac vascular diseases as well as from carcinogenic diseases.
Why is it called a powerhouse of vitamin C?
It contains twenty times more vitamin C than any other citric fruit. The juice includes 921mg/100 cc of vitamin C extract, whereas 100 grams of fruit contain 480-680 mg of vitamin extract.
Benefits of amla
Amla is rich in high fiber. The fibers bulk up the stools so that bowel movement can easily take place. So in that way, it inhibits constipation. On the contrary, the fiber present in loose stools bulks up it to avoid diarrhea. Amla helps in the absorption of vital nutrients and eliminates natural toxins from the body.
Amla has chromium in it, which helps in the control of blood sugar levels. Fruits that are low in sugar and high in fiber are always good for diabetic patients.
It has anti-aging properties that prevent free radical damage.
Amla has proven to be a rich source of iron, which promotes hair growth, also delays graying of hairs.
It is also helpful in building immunity due to its astringent and antibacterial properties.
Other benefits of amla are: it helps in weight loss gives relief in cough and cold.