Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is known as earth’s richest source of vitamin C. In terms of the quantity of vitamin C, one amla is equal to about 30 lemons; this is why it is known as the mother of fruits in Ayurveda. Vitamin C is beneficial for skin, hair, cardiovascular system, brain, liver, eyes, etc. It promotes strength of connective tissue (hence collagen), which is important for blood vessels, bones, skin, hair, eyes, etc. It is rich in antioxidants, which protect cells from damage done by free radicals; and making it protective against cancer.
In India, it is suggested to eat one amla a day, starting in childhood, due to its amazing health benefits. It is also an important part of Triphala, which is another Ayurveda preparation of great benefits. Amla improves skin elasticity, strengthens bones, promotes healthy long and black hair (helps grey hair), anti-inflammatory, cools the body, lowers blood pressure, prevents constipation, etc
Improves eyesight, cataracts
Improves Liver function
Improves Brain function
Improves Kidney function (diuretic)
Lowers blood pressure
Helps with constipation
Helps body absorb calcium
Clears Skin diseases (acne, psroaisis, blemishes, wrinkles)
Improves Hair growth and promotes shiny, thick hair
Helps balance Pitt rog (people that have more heat in their body; pitt=heat;rog=disease)
These are few of the many more benefits of amla. Amla can be in the form of juice, chyawanprash, pure, dry fruit, powder or the whole fruit. It can be ordered from amazon or from local Indian stores.
Please consult your doctor before taking this, if you are on anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive, antidiuretic or any other medications. And start slow because over consumption of anything, even herbal medications, leads to complications.