Amla

About Amla

Amla's botanical name is Phyllanthus emblica and is also known as Indian gooseberry or Amalaki. Amla is a powerful medicinal plant and has been used for more than a thousand years in the traditional Indian medicine. Amla is a fruit with a light greenish yellow color, astringent, and with sour and bitter taste. All parts of the plant are used for health benefits including the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers. Amla fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and is high in antioxidants content.

Amla Uses, Properties, and Health Benefits

Amla is known for its many health benefits, the fruit contains high quantities of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Fresh Amla juice contains twenty times as much vitamin C as orange juice, which is a powerful antioxidant with many uses in disease prevention. Amalaki has been used for curing many health conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and diabetes.

Amla is known to benefit people with glaucoma, which is an eye disease that results in damage to the optic nerve and vision loss. Because of its antibacterial and astringent properties, Amla can help your immune system to be stronger, protecting your body against various infectious diseases. Amla is a potent immunity booster and is a good anti-ageing herb commonly used because contains many nutrients that prevent cellular damage.

Amla Nutritional Information

Amla has a considerably high concentration of vitamins and minerals. Amla is a good source of fiber which its content constitutes 17 % of the daily recommended value, and can help with colon health.

Amla Nutrition Facts (per 100 g)
Calories 44 (2%)
Calories from Fat 4.9
Total Fat 0.6 g (1%)
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 46 mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 271 mg
Potassium 198 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10.2 g (3%)
Dietary Fiber 4.3 g (17%)
Protein 0.9 g 2%

Vitamins
Vitamin A 290 IU (6%)
Vitamin B3 Niacin 0.3 mg (1%)
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid 0.3 mg (3%)
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine 0.1 mg (4%)
Vitamin C 28 mg (46%)
Folate 6 mcg (1%)
Vitamin E Alpha-Tocopherol 0.4 mg (2%)

Minerals
Calcium 25 mg (2%)
Copper 0.1 mg (4%)
Iron 0.3 mg (2%)
Magnesium 10 mg (2%)
Manganese 0.1 mg (7%)
Phosphorus 27 mg (3%)
Potassium 198 mg (6%)
Selenium 0.6 mcg (1%)
Sodium 1 mg
Zinc 0.1 mg 1%

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate % daily values based on 2,000 calories.

References:
http://uncommonfruit.cias.wisc.edu/gooseberry/
https://www.curesdecoded.com/products/amla/52
https://www.curesdecoded.com/products/amalaki/44
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1902/2