Amla, or Indian gooseberry is a rather indispensable plant in the system of ancient Ayurvedic medicine. Different parts of Amla are used to treat a set of varied diseases. Having said this, however, the fruit the Amla plant bears is most important. This herb is a liver tonic, diuretic, restorative agent, hair tonic, ulcer and ulcer preventive measure to name a few of its usages.

What makes it great is its wide accessibility and intimate household presence in parts of the world, especially speaking of India. For decades, researchers and experts have been studying its effects on the human body and consequently its pharmacological bearings on the larger field of medicine.

Amla also has antioxidant, analgesic, antimicrobial, antipyretic and gastroprotective properties and functions, among others. I mean, could it get any better? Just when you thought the long list of Amla’s benefits ends here, I’m here to pleasantly surprise you. In the long haul of health, one’s immunity plays an increasingly important role. To remain fit, keep your sanity and overall well-being intact, is a modern age struggle. Here’s how Amla can help as an adaptogen in direct and indirect ways.

  • Amla is known to relieve coughs and colds as it is rich in vitamin C that is known to facilitate a boost in immunity.
  • Excess fat in the body is often interlinked with a high susceptibility to diseases and infections.Being obese or overweight could also result in issues of heart health. A balanced body mass index (BMI) can be achieved through Amla consumption due to its fibre rich properties. For all those looking to reach a weight goal, it aids weight loss as well.
  • This herb also contains a large number of antioxidants that are not only beneficial for one’s skin, but also aim to reduce free radicals and oxidative stress in the body. It helps to repair the body, keeping unnecessary diseases and conditions at bay.
  • Containing antibacterial properties, Amla can help detoxify the system and do away with harmful toxins of the body, rejuvenating the immune system.
  • Numerous studies and data support the fact that Amla contains chromium. This component is specifically recognised for eliminating managing cholesterol and minimising the impact of diabetes on the body.

After all this information, it's pretty safe to claim that Amla is good for you. However, like any other medicine, Amla has a specific dosage. So please make sure you don’t self-diagnose and medicate. Consult an expert near you to consume it responsibly because your health is eventually in your own hands.

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP