That’s the thing about our humble Indian foods. They’re oft underestimated to the core and thus, ignored conveniently. So, if we were to ask you to have fancy avocados for nutritional purposes, you’d probably go out of your way to buy them from a fancy supermarket.
However, buying a couple of amlas from your local vegetable vendor in the vicinity will seem too problematic to you in comparison.
But you know what? It is time to stop taking the Indian gooseberry lightly as the health benefits of amla will make you regret taking them for granted all your lives. Check them out.
1. Load up on amlas to get glowing skin
Just a cup of the Indian gooseberry can fulfil 46% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C for you. That’s how rich a source of vitamin C this humble berry is according to food data on U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website.
Now, y’all know how vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant for your skin and can boost collagen production, thereby making your skin healthy and giving you a bright, glowing face.
2. Pump up your immunity
The same antioxidants that boost collagen production can boost your immunity as well. According to the database from PubMed Central, the presence of flavonoids in amla makes it a strong fighter of heart strokes, cancers, and viral infections.
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In fact, amla also contains anthocyanins, a compound capable of strengthening the eyesight as well as the urinary-tract health, reducing cancer risk, and improving memory.
Additionally, organic acids in the amla that are responsible for its sour, tingling taste can also prevent Alzheimer’s disease and reduce the risk of a heart stroke.
3. Amla can help control blood sugar levels too
According to several studies, including the one published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, fibre slows down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream, thus preventing a major sugar spike and reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes.
Moreover, the presence of chlorogenic acid in it can further slow down sugar absorption by your blood as well.
4. Consider your brain to be protected too
The presence of organic acids such as citric acid in amla is what makes it protective of the brain cells susceptible to damage by free radicals in the body, according to a study conducted at the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, Clayton, Australia. This way, amla can effectively reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other brain-related diseases too.
5. Your best friend in weight loss journey
Rich in fibre and downright poverty-stricken in the department of calories, amla is just what you need to feel satiated and avoid food cravings throughout the day.
According to a study conducted at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, eating berries such as the Indian gooseberry can make you eat fewer calories throughout the day. What more do you want from life?
So, reap the health benefits of amla and live a super-duper healthy life.