THE health BENEFITS OF AMLA
Amla, Indian gooseberry or amla berries; these magical green fruits are not your average bush berry.
Superfood is a term used for nutrient dense plant foods like moringa, spirulina or amla, but what does ‘superfood’ mean? We like to use this word for foods that have literal superpowers! And in following that criterion, amla berries are the perfect example.
Amla – humble Indian roots to North American superfood
Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine and healing which originated in India thousands of years ago. We are only now seeing Ayurvedic medicine grow in popularity in North America, with early signs of its presence being documented in the 1970’s and 1980’s.1
We were only a couple thousand years late to the party 😉
Amla berries have actually been used in Ayurvedic healing and preventative health practices for a very long time.2 According to historical documents, this berry was typically put in tonics to promote healing and vitality.2 It’s an important component in Ayurveda healing.2
the benefits of amla
Amla berries are very high in Vitamin C and contain many health-promoting antioxidants. Specifically, these berries are extremely high in Vitamin C, making them an exceptional supplemental food to strengthen your immunity.3
Calcium absorption: Strong bones, teeth and hair rely on calcium absorption and these super berries boost your body’s ability to intake calcium.4
Hair Skin & Nails: Beauty vitamins might sound superficial, but glowing from the inside out is a sign of good health and wellbeing. Amla berries promote healthy hair, skin and nails due to their immense vitamin C stores.5
Vitamin C also enhances the absorption of Iron, which is why we put amla berries in our all natural, whole food Iron powder.
Adapting to stress with Amla Alchemy
Did you know amla berries have adaptogenic qualities?6 They help rid your body of free radicals, have anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and can help detoxify the liver.6
Adaptogens are powerful, natural substances that help your body adapt while under any kind of stress. Holy basil is another adaptogen. This is why amla berries and holy basil are key ingredients in our PureFood A to Z.
Coping with stress in a healthy way is crucial, as stress actually depletes vitamin stores in your body!7 Even worse; studies show the bacteria in your stomach is negatively impacted when your body is physically or mentally stressed out.8 Meaning your digestive enzymes could be weakened and your digestive system would lose its ability to absorb nutrients at a healthy rate.
As you can see, over time, stress can easily lead to nutritional deficiencies.
Conjure your best self with whole food nutrition
Amla berries, moringa, spirulina, holy basil and so many others! We’re talking about nutrient dense, whole plant foods. And those are just a few of many we use in our nutritional powders.
We believe nutrition paired with a healthy mind and loving spirit is the foundation of a beautiful life!
We’ve made it easy to get potent amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, fibre and other nutritive compounds in their natural, whole food state. Most supplemental health products contain isolated, carbon copies of these healing compounds. We believe you only gain the benefits if the food is unrefined and very minimally processed if processed at all.
The amla berry is the star of the show when it comes to our PureFood C, and don’t take our word for it, our reviews speak for themselves! 1 teeny serving of our PureFood C contains the same vitamin C content as 20 organic lemons!!
Organically grown amla berries are also featured in our PureFood A to Z, along with over 20 other organic, nutrient-dense plant foods!
Amla is also the unsung hero in our PureFood Iron. Afterall, how would you be able to absorb iron from organic curry leaves without the help of this little berry? Read more about the synergistic bond between amla berries and curry leaves by reading our article about Ingredient Synergy.
Amla berries go beyond just being a source of vitamin C, which is why we consider them to be official superfoods!
Hungry for more foodie knowledge? We’ve got your next read; Why you need plant-based vitamin E – we get into another special superfood – annatto seeds!
Until next time!
1 – Smith, F. M., & Wujastyk, D. (2008). Modern and global ayurveda: Pluralism and paradigms. Albany: State University of New York Press.
5 – Kumar KP, Bhowmik D, Dutta A, Yadav AP, Paswan S, Srivastava S, et al. Recent trends in potential traditional Indian herbs Emblica officinalis and its medicinal importance. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2012;1:18-28.
8 Rhee SH, Pothoulakis C, Mayer EA. Principles and clinical implications of the brain-gut-enteric microbiota axis. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 2009; 6: 306-314.