Amla the Indian gooseberry is indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. Practically every part of this middle size tree is the treasure trove to a variety of health benefits. It is the richest source of vitamin C besides containing a range of naturally occurring antioxidants and zeatin. It also contains several minerals and non-essential amino acids. The intake of fruit is known to provide relief from constipation, piles, dysentery, hemorrhage, ulcers, and arthrosclerosis and in treating leucorrhea. The fruit is cooling, laxative and diuretic. It is one of the best known agents to retard aging. Amla, Emblica officinalis is a much revered fruit in Ayurveda for its anti-diabetic, antiseptic and anti-pyretic properties. It is an effective cerebral, heart and gastrointestinal tonic. Amla coincidently has anabolic effect and is helpful in increasing the body weight by way of its role in absorption of protein and balancing nitrogen in the body. Amla does not loose its essential properties upon low heat processing and is an active and potent ingredient of several tonics such as the revered chavanparash, tablets, oils, cosmetics and toiletries.
o Intake of amla mixed with a table spoon of honey one hour before morning tea reduces weight and has rejuvenating impact on the physiology.
o Application and consumption of amla has an astonishing effect on hair and skin. Hair that has already gone grey can be reverted back to their original color by drinking any green vegetable juice in which 2-3 amla fruits have been crushed. Else dried amla powder mixed with water can be consumed. Amla juice also helps revive the elasticity of skin.
o Amla helps in regulating body metabolism, elimination and helps remove metabolic toxins from the body.
o Amla promotes immunity, strengthens the central nervous system, liver, lungs and is conductive for enabling the body physiology to function harmoniously.
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