What is Emblica Officinalis(Amla)?
Amla has several vernacular names like “Indian Gooseberry” in English; and “Emblica Officinalis” in latin. Amla is considered to be a ‘rasayana’ enriched with anti-aging, antioxidant, antistress, and immune strengthening properties.
It is also known as Amalaka, Amrtaphala, Dhatriphala, Amlakhi, Aonla, Ambala, Nellikayi, Nellikka, Anvala, Anala, Aula, Nelli, Usirika, Amli
Sour is Amla’s main taste but it possesses five of the six tastes that are sour, bitter, pungent, astringent, and sweet.
Health Benefits of Emblica Officinalis (Amla)
- Works as an Immunity Booster in the human body: Emblica Officinalis increases white blood cells in the human body, which helps flush out the toxins from the body and hence improves the immune system.
- Acts as a stress reliever: Emblica Officinalis reduces stress in the body, which in turn helps in better sleep cycle and relieves headaches as well.
- Helps in reduction of Respiratory disorders: Emblica Officinalis reduces the chances of cough, tuberculosis, throat infections and flu.
- Anti-Aging Properties: Amla, through its antioxidant properties, reduces the number of free radicals in the human body which in turn helps in reducing wrinkles, dark circles and other signs of aging.
- Weight Management: Adding Amla in your daily diet can boost metabolism which in turn helps in easy and quick reduction of body fat.
- Diabetes ( Type-1 and Type-2): Emblica Officinals helps in lowering the risk of various complications of diabetes by opposing the free radicals
Various more benefits of emblica officinalis are:
- Protects pancreas by developing protective layer
- Controls joint pains and swelling
- Protects cartilage and reduce pains
- Helps to control diarrhea
Precautions while consuming this ingredient
- It increase the risk of bruising
- Consumption of emblica officinalis before surgery may cause some complications. So it is advisable to stop its consumption 2 weeks ahead of surgery
- As per some reports consumption of emblica officinalis along with ginger and indian frankincense can cause liver disease.
- Because of Emblica Officinalis properties like cold potency and astringent taste consumption of its juice at night should be restricted.
Research and Clinical Studies:
- Emblica Officinalis – an overview
- Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn), a wonder berry in the treatment and prevention of cancer
- Emblica officinalis (Amla): A review for its phytochemistry, ethnomedicinal uses and medicinal potentials with respect to molecular mechanisms
- Advances in biotechnology of Emblica officinalis Gaertn
- Emblica Officinalis – an overview| Sciencedirect.com
- Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Emblica officinalis in Rodent Models of Acute and Chronic Inflammation: Involvement of Possible Mechanisms