Amla Fruit And Its Benefits – Ayurvedic Super Herb

For almost eight thousand years, Ayurvedic medicine has used the benefits of amla, a circular, yellowish, bitter fruit also called the Indian gooseberry. Amla is so sour and so bitter that it will literally give you goose bumps, and that makes it wonderfully useful in organic medicine.

amla fruit

Simply because most toxins in the organic world are bitter, the human body is fine tuned to identify them. A bitter taste on the tongue mostly causes us to want to spit food out, and the taste receptors we also have in the stomach can detect bitterness, too. The sensation of bitterness triggers the release of additional stomach acid to make sure any offending food or toxin is completely digested.

The process of completely digesting amla guarantees that any foods eaten at about the same time are also entirely digested. Possibly allergenic proteins are broken down, and the net effect is “cooling,” stopping the slow autoimmune reactions that generate inflammation all over the body.

The benefits of amla are not limited to digestive function. As mentioned earlier, the pulp of berry can be used to straighten hair. More people are fascinated, however, in using amla to combat osteoprosis, high cholestrol, and cancer.

* Amla against high cholesterol. Some of the most exciting research about amla is in the fight against metabolic syndrome, a mixture of signs and symptoms including moderately high cholesterol, reasonably high blood pressure, and prediabetes. At least in the laboratory, fibers in amla help invert the effects of excessive intake of fructose.

* Amla versus osteoporosis. Researchers at the Ferrara University in Italy have discovered that amla extracts impede the activity of osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone.Because osteoporosis is a strategy of osteoclasts (bone busters) outpacing osteoblasts (bone builders), a slight shift in balance of activity stops break down of joints by arthritis with out interfering with the bone’s capability to make normal repairs.

* Amla against cancer. Almost all of the research is testing amla as a way of preventing the growth of lung and liver cancer with a minimum of chemotherapy, rather than using amla instead of chemotherapy. But when doses of chemotherapy can be decreased, unwanted effects are also decreased.

And amla also exhibits real potential to become a verified way to stop age-related cataracts, the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 55.

Don’t depend on amla alone for any health treatment. But think about adding amla to your regular supplements as another layer of protection against the health consequences of aging.

For more information on benefits of amla, please visit the health website

15. September 2010 by Larry Ostrovsky
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