Phyllanthus emblica, the Indian gooseberry or Amala

The Indian gooseberry or amala is a deciduous tree of the family Phyllanthaceae. It is known for its edible fruit of the same name. It may prove to have potential activity against some cancers. One recent animal study found treatment with E. officinalis reduced severity of acute pancreatitis (induced by L-arginine in rats). It also promoted the spontaneous repair and regeneration process of the pancreas occurring after an acute attack.


Indian gooseberry, better known as amla, is botanically known as Emblica officinalis. This fruit is power-packed with a host of nutrients offering tremendous health benefits. Amla may not be pleasant to the tastebuds because of its sour and bitter taste but that should not deter one from eating it.


Here are some health benefits of amla:

  • Amla is one of the most potent natural sources of vitamin C available in nature. When vitamin C is taken in the form of supplements, it is not easily absorbed by the body. Eating amla is one of the best ways to have your body absorb vitamin C.
  • Rich in anti-oxidants that are known to protect against the formation of free radicals in the body, amla is good for preventing the risk of cancer.
  • Because it contains anti-inflammatory properties, amla is beneficial for reducing inflammation due to joint pains and arthritis.
  • Amla is also high in fibre and therefore is useful for treating constipation.
  • Possessing sedative properties, amla can be used to alleviate stress and thus help in treating sleep disorder like insomnia by aiding in better quality sleep.
  • To heal mouth ulcers, gargle using water mixed with fresh amla juice.
  • To seek relief from menstrual cramps, have fresh amla juice mixed with a ripe banana, two to three times a day.
  • To seek relief from cold and cough, take two tablespoons of fresh amla juice along with a teaspoon of honey, two to three times a day.


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