‘‘No amma, I don’t like amla, it is too sour 😤 !”, screamed Pinki from the other end of the room.
Amma- Just eat a few pieces Pinki! Don’t you want healthy and shiny hair like amma? 😎
Pinki (rolling her eyes)- Not really!😒
Amma- Okay then, but do you want to keep wearing these specs for the rest of your life?
Pinki– Amma, no! You know how much I hate wearing them! 😩
Amma- Do you know it is beneficial for your eyes? 😇 You won’t have to wear your glasses for long if you have amla regularly. 😏 Now come here and have a few pieces. Oh wait, I’ll crush them and make amla juice for you! 😄
Pinki– Is it? 🥺 Then I’ll have it. 🤩
Do you remember how as kids, we used to pop in a slice of amla, and immediately drink water over it? Initially, the amla tasted sour, but the water afterwards made it sweet. Ahhh! 😌 Good old days. Well, we will stop with the reminiscing and come to the point now.
In this blog, we will be talking about the health facet of amla. Amla or Indian Gooseberry is a fruit that is consumed in various forms in India. For instance- amla murabba, achaar, dried amla candies etc. But all these amla goodies are not fit for daily consumption as they contain either of these- caramelized sugar, excess salt, a high amount of oil or trans fats. So, its medicinal benefits are best extracted when we consume it in juice form.
BENEFITS OF CONSUMING AMLA JUICE
We have made a list of 5 health benefits of drinking amla juice. Check them out.
1) Excellent for boosting hair growth
Apart from its external use as a hair cleanser, consuming amla juice is beneficial for the hair. It contains Vitamin C in abundance, which is responsible for healthy hair. Also, it is full of antioxidants that fight off inflammation. So, if you are suffering from itching on the scalp due to dandruff or dryness, Indian gooseberry juice is your saviour.
2) Beneficial for skin
Vitamin C sprinkles its magic here too! Vitamin C is known to boost the production of the protein- Collagen. Collagen is the building block of bones, skin and muscle. 70% of the protein present in the skin is collagen! So, if the collagen decreases, the skin loses its elasticity and appears dull. Therefore, consume amla juice, and say goodbye to premature ageing of the skin. Here’s to healthy, bright and vibrant skin!
3) Improves the eyesight
A good vision is the need of the hour, given a large amount of time we spend in front of our laptops or mobile screens. Furthermore, prolonged exposure to digital screens makes the eye muscles weak. Hence, this results in poor vision, itching, redness or puffiness in the eyes, watery eyes or even worse- Cataract.
Indian gooseberry juice is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. The antioxidants famously fight off the free radicals in our system. Cataract is also the curse of free radicles, so drink amla juice and keep your eyes healthy.
Diabetes is a condition in which our body produces less insulin or becomes unresponsive towards the insulin produced (Insulin hormone regulates blood sugar levels in the body). Amla contains chromium, which helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates, thus making our body more receptive to insulin.
Moreover, amla juice helps fight off inflammation in the pancreas (the source of insulin secretion). It is rich in fiber too, and fiber consumption means slow absorption of sugar in the blood.
A healthy immune system is a top priority when we monitor our health. If you have strong immunity, you have everything (quite literally)! Amla juice is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants. Hence, it destroys the foreign components that enter the body and pose a threat to the normal functioning of our system. It also has anti-bacterial properties.
Then again comes the flagbearer of immunity- Vitamin C! Indian gooseberry is abundant in this vitamin, which is essential to build and maintain immunity. Additionally, you stay away from cough and cold.
Apart from these 5 major benefits, Amla
Helps in the absorption of essential nutrients
Often, we consume nutrients in ample amounts, but unfortunately, they are not fully absorbed by the body. We know that Vitamin C helps in the absorption of some essential minerals. Considering that amla juice provides 478 mg Vitamin C per 100 grams, which is 800% of the Recommended Daily Intake, it fits just right here.
Amla juice helps in the absorption of iron, thus improving the quality and flow of blood. It also helps absorb calcium and keep teeth and bones healthy.
Acts as a Diuretic
Since Amla is rich in fiber and water content, it acts as a diuretic i.e. it improves the volume and frequency of urination. So, consuming its juice will help detoxify your body by getting rid of the unwanted toxins and excess salt from the body.
Helps you lose weight
Amla provides a good amount of fiber. Fiber in the body means a feeling of fullness in the gut. It also means delayed emptying of the stomach. So, if you are full for long, you will eat less junk, and naturally lose weight. Furthermore, 100 g of amla juice has only 44 calories. So, consume it guilt-free and reap the benefits!
WHICH AMLA JUICE SHOULD I PICK?
Umm, packaged juices? A big turn down! We have never been a fan of packaged products as they are either clarified or hot-pressed. These processes take out a lot of nutrients from the product. Moreover, they have added preservatives. Hence, we insist you make homemade amla juice. Don’t worry! The method is super easy.
- Take 7-8 Indian gooseberries. Finely chop them or grate them.
- Transfer them to a blender and add some water. Blend until you get a smooth paste.
- Strain the paste once to get rid of peels.
- Store it in an airtight container. Your juice can last up to 2 weeks in a fridge and 2 months in a freezer.
HOW TO CONSUME AMLA JUICE
- Drink 20 ml amla juice first thing in the morning. You can dilute it with some lukewarm water. It will aid in weight loss and help with maintaining your blood sugar levels.
- For boosting your skin and hair health, mix Indian gooseberry juice with aloe vera juice. Your amla-aloe vera juice is ready.
- Do you find it difficult to gulp down amla juice because of its sour taste? Then squeeze the juice of half a lemon in it. Also, add half a teaspoon of ginger juice. Top it off with a pinch of rock salt and mix. Your super-nutritious detox drink is ready in no time!
- Having amla juice along with food will help prevent bloating. Plus, it aids your body in soaking up the nutrients from your food.
There you are! You know all the benefits of amla juice now. Just make sure you do not consume amla juice in the following cases
- If you have low blood pressure levels.
- If you have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels.
The reason is – Amla juice is naturally good at lowering bp and sugar levels.
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