Amla is a Precious Gift From Nature to Humanity

(Last Updated On: September 19, 2017)

Amla (Indian goosebery) can help with diabetes and many other diseases


 

About this plant

Amla is a small to medium size tree reaching 8 – 10 m in height. The trunk is crooked with spreading branches. Leaves are oval shaped and short, the flowers are greenish yellow. The fruits are almost perfect spheres of about 1 – 1 1/2 in diameter. Amla fruits taste bitter and sour and have a fair amount of fiber.

Latin name: Emblica officinalis. Other names: Amla, Indian goosebery, Aamalaki, Nellaka, Anwla, Ambla, Nelli, kayi

Amla is a commonly used in India as fresh fruits, dried fruits, fruit pulp or extracts.  Amla fruits contains one of the highest source of vitamin C in the world, 1 gr of per 100 ml of fruit juice. It also contains minerals and amino acids such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, niacin, carotene, thiamine and riboflavin. The chemical constituents present in the plant include tannins, gallic acid, ellagic acid, phyllantin, phyllantidine, punigluconin, pedunculagin and some flavonoids.

In many parts of the world, amla is regarded as gift from nature to mankind. Amla is used as a base for a popular ancient herbal restorative formula in India, called Chayavan Prash. It is a age preventive medicine with strong antioxidant properties. Beyond the antioxidant properties it has the ability  to increase red blood cells.

Amla anti diabetic properties:

  • Significantly decrease blood glucose
  • Increase insulin production and secretion
  • Induce hypotriglyceridemia
  • Improve liver function
  • Prevent diabetic eye complications
  • Anti-diabetic activity

Tannoids found in Amla are potent Aldose Reductase (AR) inhibitors. Inhibiting this enzyme have been used for some time as a promising diabetes control. AR is associated with eye complications such as cataracts.



Amla reduces post prandial blood glucose  by delaying glucose absorption and by the inhibition of carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes α – amylase and α – glucosidase in the digestive organs.

Amla fruit ash contains chromium, zinc, and copper. Presence of chromium is of therapeutic value in diabetes management. Amla Phyllanthus species was found regenerate and rejuvenate beta cells, thus leading to an increased insulin production and secretion.

 

For supercharge results: pair amla with bitter melon

 

Amla-benefitsCuring with traditional medicinal plants

This century have been marked by unparalleled discoveries in the medical field. Efforts to cure AIDS, cancer and other deadly diseases have mobilized science seeking to find a permanent cure.

Even though not always successful finding a cure, scientific research have produced a legacy of wonder drugs such as antibiotics, antivirals and vaccines which proved to quickly halt or alter the disease process. But artificial drugs have mixed results as their side effects seem to be worst than the diseases they are set out to cure.

Although these modern drugs have a place in medicine as they are able to quickly produce results, they come with a hidden cost.

Modern drugs do not enable our body’s won defense mechanisms to flourish. We further remove ourselves from understanding the secretes and complexity of human biologic system interaction with nature. Our passion for these miracle drugs and their immediate gratification made us forget our ancient herbal medicinal system such as Siddha, Ayurveda and Unani.

Traditionally threatening diseases have been dealt with food as medicine. Study upon study have shown us that diseases can be prevented by the use of fruit and vegetables containing phytochemicals.

Amla is one of the most common foods from Ayurveda medicine and have been used successfully for thousands of years.

Health benefits of the Indian Gooseberry or Amla can be attributed to the high vitamin C content. Amla enhances food absorption, balances stomach acid, fortifies the liver, nourishes the brain and mental functioning, supports the heart, strengthens the lungs, regulates elimination, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, is good for the skin, promotes healthier hair, acts as a body coolant, flushes out toxins, increases vitality, strengthens the eyes, improves muscle tone and it acts as an antioxidant.

Source: Health Benefits of Indian Gooseberry or Amla | Organic Facts

Visit the complete list of anti diabetic plants

 

What is your experience with amla? Have you ever used this plant to treat diabetes or any other ailment? I would love to hear your comments or suggestions!



 

Videos

 

Amla Juice Recipe – Indian Gooseberry Juice

 

आमला के फायदे | Health Benefits of Amla | Pinky Madaan

 

 

 

 

References:

  1. The Effect of Phyllantus emblica Linn on Type – II Diabetes, Triglycerides and Liver – Specific Enzyme
  2. Antinociceptive property of Enblica officinalis Gaertn (Amla) in high fat diet fed/low dose streptozotocin induced diabetic neuropathy in rats
  3. Effects of a Composite of Tulsi Leaves, Amla, Bitter Gourd, Gurmur Leaves, Jamun Fruit and Seed in Type 2 Diabetic Patients
  4. Antioxidant potential of Emblica officinalis (amla) aqueous extract delays cataractogenesis in hyperglycemic goat lenses
  5. PERSPECTIVES OF AMLA – A WONDER HERB
  6. Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) prevents dyslipidaemia and oxidative stress in the ageing process
  7. Role of Amla in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus – A Review
  8. Antidiabetic Efficacy of Aqueous Fruit Extract of Amla (Emblica officinalis, Gaertn) in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes Mellitus in Male Rats
  9. ROLES OF EMBLICA OFFICINALIS (AMLA) IN MEDICINE
  10. PHENOLIC EXTRACTS OF ‘AMALA’ FROM UNRIPE PLANTAIN (MUSA PARADISIACA) PULPS INHIBIT KEY ENZYMES LINKED TO TYPE-2-DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION
  11. Preparation and standardization of Jamun RTS supplemented with Amla Juice and Bael Juice
  12. AMLA: A NOVEL AYURVEDIC HERB AS A FUNCTIONAL FOOD FOR HEALTH BENEFITS”- A MINI REVIEW
  13. Role of Aldose Reductase and Oxidative Damage in Diabetes and the Consequent Potential for Therapeutic Options
  14. Aldose Reductase Inhibitors as Potential Therapeutic Drugs of Diabetic Complications
  15. Antioxidant activity of active tannoids principles of Emblica officinalis (amla)

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Marcos Taquechel

Marcos is an RN. Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. I hope you are able to get something useful out of this blog. Take good care of yourself and don't worry about anything until you have something to worry about.

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