Goodness of Gooseberry: Why Amla Deserves To Be Called A Superfood

Try this local gooseberry to improve your health and beauty

Mohini Mehrotra Published Jun 19, 2020 21:15:54 IST
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The native Indian gooseberry or amla is essential to Ayurvedic medicine because of its many health and beauty-boosting benefits. The amla tree is considered sacred in the Hindu religion and is worshipped by many as it is believed to be the residing place of Lord Vishnu. Integral to Indian culture, this tart berry is a part of almost every household in one form or another. From its culinary use in pickles, chutneys, rasams, murabbas and dried candy, to its use in skin and hair care oils, amla is the quintessential all-rounder. Some even like to start their day with a glass of amla juice. Here’s a quick look at why this miracle berry is the desi superfood we need to include in our lives.

All about health

Amla is one of the richest sources of vitamin C—720 mg per 100 gms. Packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C plays a key role in your body’s healing process and helps absorb and store iron. Antioxidants also help your body fight free radicals, thereby reducing oxidative stress and lowering the risk of certain chronic diseases.

Besides Vitamin C, amla also contains minerals as well as fibre. It is believed to be a good laxative which has anti-bacterial properties too. It is also a part of traditional home remedy to cure cough and cold.

Berry for beauty

Back in the old days when there weren’t too many products and people relied on natural cures, your grandmother would have extensively used amla for its beauty benefits. Dried and ground to a fine powder, it was included in homemade henna or mixed with triphala for a nourishing and conditioning hair wash to get thick, glossy and dark hair.

Owing to its high nutrient content, amla is known to arrest hair loss and fight dandruff. When it comes to skin, amla is a superfood that helps you get a glowing complexion. The antioxidants help boost skin health by brightening, tightening and toning it. So, whether you include it in your diet (in food or as a supplement) or use amla-based beauty products or have amla juice, make sure this berry is a part of your everyday routine.

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