Amla (Phyllanthus emblica), also known as Indian gooseberry, comes from a tree that is sacred to both the Hindus and Buddhists of India. This makes it very famous in various Ayurvedic and Unani traditions, as it’s considered a master medicine for many ailments. Part of the reason is that Amla has the unusual attribute of containing five out of the six tastes recognized by Ayurvedic medicine. It is most revered for its effects on potency (“virya”), and to help indigestion (“vipaka”).
The health benefits of Amla berry can mostly be attributed to its high whole food vitamin C content, and its impressive antioxidant abilities. The Vitamin C content helps protect our cells from free radical damage, and supports the production of white blood cells in the body. Due to its astringent attributes in addition to its vitamin content, Amla helps supports the body’s immune response. Vitamin C in Amla also supports the liver, nourishes the brain and promotes a healthy heart. It strengthens the lungs, enhances fertility, helps the urinary system, improves skin quality and promotes healthier hair.