Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is a fleshy fruit with a sour, citrus flavour. It generally reaches the size of a golf ball when at its ripe stage. You generally will not find this exotic fruit in your local grocery store; look to specialty retailers to find it or herbal treatments made with its extracts. Amla offers a variety of health benefits, from nutritional to medicinal, but do not consume Amla as a disease treatment without consulting your physician.
A 100-g serving of amla contains roughly 35.5 calories. The majority of these calories derive from carbohydrates — a serving has 6.3 g, or 1.9 to 2.8 percent of the amount you need each day. Amla also provides 1 g of protein per serving, although you need much more than this: 46 to 56 g per day. This fruit is not high in fat, with less than 1 g per serve
Vitamins and Minerals
Eat amla to boost your vitamin C intake. The Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products website notes that amla has the second highest content of this vitamin of all fruit. In addition, this small fruit contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and a range of amino acids. This makes amla a good choice to help promote good eyesight, convert the food you eat to energy and ward off anemia.
Sesame oil mixed with amla fruit finds use as an Ayurvedic hair treatment. Proponents of this treatment say it promotes scalp health through its vitamin C content, and using it may halt baldness. If you are trying to grow your hair longer, using amla oil on your hair and scalp may also prevent breakage and stimulate the follicles to grow hair faster. No scientific evidence exists to confirm the effectiveness of amla for these purposes. Some people use amla oil as a rich hair conditioner.
Several animal studies indicate that amla may provide benefits to people with diabetes. A study published in the July 2002 issue of the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” correlates the consumption of an herbal medication containing amla with a decreased blood glucose level. An additional study in the March 2009 edition of “Medicinal Chemistry” indicates that polyphenol and tannins in amla may reduce oxidative stress in diabetic patients. Both studies were conducted on rats, so human trials may shed more light on the effectiveness of amla if you suffer from diabetes.