A small tree native to the Indian subcontinent that produces plum sized yellow fruit, Amla is known for having the best source of Vitamin C in the world. Also known as Indian Gooseberry, Amla is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and is seen as a powerful rejuvenator to promote longevity and well-being.
It has a unique balance of sour, sweet, pungent, bitter and astringent tastes all in one fruit and is said to balance all three of the doshas — vata, kapha and pitta. In doing so it is believed to help alleviate the underlying causes of a variety of health problems and even psychological imbalances.
Country of Origin: India
The antioxidants in Amla fruit as abundant, as well as this fruits defense against free radicals in the body. It can help to protect your skin against poor dietary choices and environmental pollution that cause wrinkles.
This free radical protection is also beneficial in the prevention and treatment of cancer, as Amla has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, chemopreventive, antiproliferative and immunomodulatory properties.
Amla has also been proven to lower cholesterol, level out blood sugar and reduce the risk of heart disease.
This superfood also enhances food absorption, balances stomach acid,, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, enhances fertility, as well as promotes healthier hair and skin health.
With a list of benefits this long, it is no wonder this fruit plays such a pivotal role in naturopathic and holistic health practices.