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Part Used : Fruit

Habitat : Northern and South Western India

Uses : The Amla fruit is rich in Vitamin C, bioflavonoids, flavones, polyphenols and carotenoids. It is the richest natural source of vitamin 'C'. The amount of vitamin 'C' in Amla is four times more than it is in oranges and eight times more than it is in tomatoes.

Amla has been regarded as a sacred tree in India. The tree was worshipped as Mother Earth and is believed to nurture humankind because the fruits are very nourishing. The leaves, fruit and flowers are used in worship in India.

The active ingredient that has significant pharma-cological action in amla is designated by Indian scientists as 'phyllemblin'. The other ingredients present are gallic acid, tannins, pectin, and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

Amalaki maintains healthy immune response. Improves hemoglobin level. It is Aperient, Carminative, Diuretic, Aphrodasiac, Laxative, Astringent and Refrigerant. It is useful in anaemia, jaundice, dyspepcia, haemorrhage disorders, diabetes, asthama and bronchitis. It cures insomnia and is healthy for hair

Amla is one of the essential ingredients of 'TRIPHLA'. Which is the most important and most popular combination of Indian Herbs in Ayurvedic system of medicine. The other two ingredients are known as 'HIRADA' & 'BEHADA'. The combination of these three super herbs is so wonderful that it can create miraculous results in body and mind. It has the power to balance TRIDOSHA (VATA, PITTA and KAPHA).

Amla assists natural internal cleansing and maintains regularity, nourishes and rejuvenates tissues, stimulates digestive fire without aggravating pitta, and removes excess pitta from the system. It is good for diabetes, hemorrhoids, constipation, gastritis, colitis and hepatitis.

 Need for Vitamin C

Vitamin C is involved in hundreds of roles in the healthy body.  Besides being a primary antioxidant and a crucial support for immune response, it also maintains collagen, helps wounds  and fractures heal, reduces scar tissue, strengthens blood vessels, aids in absorption of iron, and may provide resistance to infections. Signs of deficiency include bleeding gums, swollen or painful joints, slow-healing wounds and fractures, bruising, nosebleeds, and impaired digestion.
Recmmended amounts (to avoid deficiency disease, not for optimal health):  Infants: 35 mg;  Children:45-50mg; Adults: 60 mg. Vitamin C is essentially nontoxic, although a large dose can cause diarrhea; 5000-15,000 mg. daily over a prolonged period may have side effects in some persons.


AMLA, proudly known as 'Indian Gooseberry' has been the key constituent of many Ayurvedic formulations. And nowadays, it has been accepted by almost all medical branches as a result of extensive research carried at Germany, England, India, and various other countries.

IN AYURVEDA, importance of Amla has been ascertained from the experiments and experiences of ancient Rishi-Munis of India, namely Charak, Chyavan, Atreya, Kartik, Vrat Koumudi, and many others. Amla is considered one of the strongest rejunevatives (rasayana), particularly for blood, bones, liver, heart and skin.
VITAMIN C : Vitamin C is essential for making 'Collagen' in the body. Collagen provides much of the framework in the cell or tissues, just as the skeleton provides the framework for the body. Thus, Vitamin C plays the vital role in growth and repair of tissues in ALL PARTS of human body, and hence it is useful for treatment as well as prevention of so many diseases. It enhances the overall immunity. " When your immune system is strong, You get sick less often, and recover quickly."
POTENCY OF AMLA : Research has shown that Amla is 12 times more assimilable and creates more potent medicinal effect than synthetic vitamin C, known as Ascorbic acid. Researchers have also shown that just 8.7 mg of natural vitamin C from Amla is quivalent to 100 mg of synthetic vitamin C. The synthetic vitamin C is missing vital nutrients such as Rutin, Bioflavonoids and the "J" & "K" factors.
MODERN SCIENCES : The modern sciences too, have accepted the supremacy of Amla towards imparting health and beauty, due to its very high vitamin C content
This report in the March 3, 2001 issue of 'Lancet' state that the risk of death from all causes including heart disease, cut in half for individuals who have highest levels of vitamin C in blood. In the findings of Dr. Kay Tee Khaw, the high blood levels of vitamin C were associated with a decreased risk for cancer.
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE researchers, published the result of their study, based on a single measurement of vitamin C in the blood of 19,496 individuals aged 45 to 79 state that : as concentrations of vitamin C in blood plasma went up, the risk of dying from all causes went down.
AN ANTIOXIDANT : Oxidation is removal of electrons from the molecular oxygen and to convert it to an active form called as 'oxidant'. It has a tendency to acquire electrons and damage most cell structures by releasing DNA damaging free radicals. The Vitamin C in Amla is a well-known antioxidant, which is able to inactivate DNA-damaging free radicals, by releasing oxygen electrons. Thus vitamin C in Amla prevents the abnormal growth of cells in all parts of body.

H.L.NEWBOLD, in his book "VITAMIN C AGAINST CANCER", has interviewed four Noble Prize Winner scientists, and professors from some of the world's best-known medical centers. He reports the latest findings about vitamin C as a promising new weapon in the battle against cancer- not only for treatment, but also for prevention. Few lines between the covers of his book have been quoted below:

(Nobel Prize Winner) Dr. Linus Pauling and Ewan Cameron began an experiment with 1100 terminally ill cancer patients. The results: the 100 patients taking vitamin C had lived four times as long as 1000 control patients who received no added vitamin C.

cholesterol is broken down and eliminated as bile acids. Vitamin C is beneficial to heart patients.

Mr. Cameron said that in terminally ill cancer patients treated with vitamin C : not only their lives prolonged, but also the quality of their lives was greatly improved during the time they did live. This freedom from pain was most important for terminally ill cancer patients.

We (human beings) cannot make our own vitamin C. …one should not wait for the application of vitamin C until one gets ill. We should take it all the time.
ike oxygen and water, vitamin C is an indispensable part of the life of every living creature on this globe.
Amla is not only a wonderful antioxidant, but it has proven anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-mutagenic, yeast inhibiting, nematicidal, anabolic, anti-hepatoxic, anti-hyperhidrosis, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, anti-spasmodic, hypolipidemic, and hypotensive relieving properties. It also acts as an antacid and anti-tumorganic agent. In addition, it increases protein synthesis and thus useful in cases of hypoglycemia.
Cough, Bronchitis, Asthma, Intermittent fevers
Hyperacidity, Bilious vomiting, Gastritis
Ulcer, Jaundice, Hepatitis
Hemoglobin, Red blood cell count, Anemia
Cholesterol, Hypertension, Cardiac disorders
Ophthalmopathy, Cataract
Rheumatism, Osteoarthritis
Diarrhea, Dysentery
Gonorrhea, Spermatorrhea,
Sexual rejuvenation
Scurvy, Bleeding gums
Heavy metal poisoning
Premature graying and hair loss
Skin diseases, wrinkles on skin
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