The wonder fruit amla (Indian gooseberry) is highly valued by nutritionists and practitioners of indigenous medicine. This is scientifically known as Emblica Officinalis or Phyllanthus emblica.
Amla has been held in high esteem in indigenous medicine. It is acidic, diuretic and laxative in nature. Amla is probably, the richest source of Vitamin C in fresh as well as dry states. This fruit contains a chemical substance, which prevents the oxidation of vitamin in it. The vitamin C in it is well conserved by preserving the fruit in solution or in the form of dry powder. This fruit is a rich source of pectin, thus useful in making jams and jellies.
Amla - Nutritional Value:
The Nutritional Value of Amla per 100 g is as follows:
Protein - 0.5 g
Energy - 58 Kcal
Vitamin A - 151 IU
Carotene - 9 mcg
Calcium - 50 mg
Iron - 1.2 mg
Phosphorus - 20 mg
Fibre - 3.4 g
Vitamin C - 600 mg
Health benefits Of Amla:
- Its dried form is useful in haemorrhage, diarrhoea and dysentery. It is also useful to treat anaemia, jaundice and dyspepsia in combination with Iron.
- Amla is one of the three ingredients in Triphala. This compound is used in the treatment of a headache, biliousness, dyspepsia, constipation, enlarged liver and ascites.
- It strengthens heart muscles and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- It improves body resistance and provides nourishment to the nerve and is helpful in paralytic condition.
- Amla combats urinary problems and helps in improving the quality of sperm due to its sweet vipaka property (taste conversion).
- It is also helpful in respiratory problems and lowers cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels.
- It strengthens teeth and nail.
- It helps in boosting memory power.