Top 9 health benefits of amla or Indian gooseberry

Find out how the humble amla or gooseberry can keep you healthy!

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Antioxidants act as free radical scavengers thereby protecting healthy cells from the attack of the harmful free radicals. The antioxidant activity is attributed to vitamin C, polyphenols and tannins.

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Amla contains high levels of polyphenols that protect the body from the oxidative properties of high blood sugar and prevens insulin resistance. Apart from this, this fruit also helps in proper absorption of insulin leading to a drop in blood sugar in diabetics. Also Read - Mizoram Records Japanese Encephalitis' First Case To Bivalent Covid-19 Vaccine In India: Top Health Headlines of The Day

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Packed with antioxidant properties, amla helps the body fight the harmful effects of chemicals that are carcinogenic. It also inhibits the growth of cancerous cells and reduces the harmful effects of radiation and chemotherapy without reducing their beneficial effects as an anti cancer treatment.

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The fiber, polyphenol and water content of amla combined with its anti inflammatory properties make it a great antidote for an upset stomach. Consume one teaspoon of amla juice on an empty stomach to deal with acidity and resolve a stomach upset. Also Read - Centella Asiatica: Health Benefits, Uses And Side Effects Of Gotu Kola

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Ayurvedic practitioners suggest, drinking amla juice once a day helps increase the virility and sexual vigour. It also increase the motility of sperm, enhance sperm quality and increase sperm production in men suffering from Oligospermia (a condition where a man has a low sperm count).

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Being packed with vitamin C, amla or the Indian gooseberry contains numerous nutrients that actually help you live a longer and healthier life. Also, the presence of compounds like polyphenols, minerals like Iron and zinc and vitamins like Carotenes and Vitamin B complex in amla prevents various disease. Also Read - Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Can Early Detection Lead To Treatment?

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Amla maintains your blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting the the oxidation of LDL (Low density lipoprotein). I also prevents arthrosclerosis (accumulation of plaque in the arteries) due to its powerful antioxidant property, thereby protecting you from heart disease.

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Amla acts as an excellent home remedy to protect the liver from oxidative damage caused by chemicals or alcohol. So after a long night of partying, have a piece of amla first thing in the morning, to get rid of that hangover and keep your liver safe. Also Read - Apply Ghee On Your Belly Button Everyday To Reap These 5 Benefits

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Amla is packed with Vitamin A, which is essential in collagen production, a compound that keeps the skin looking young and elastic. When consumed on an empty stomach, it slows down the degradation of collagen and thus, prolongs normal ageing process.

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Amla juice mixed with some ginger provides instant relief from a sore throat and cough. This is mainly due to its anti-inflammatory properties that flush out the viral load from the mouth and provide instant relief. Also Read - Heat Exhaustion: Know What To Do If You Are Having Heat Exhaustion, Watch Video