Amla Is Your Go-to Ingredient for AntioxidantsTweet
Aug 30, 2016 , 6 min read
Amla, or the Indian gooseberry, aka amlaki, is a wonder fruit. Packed with as much Vitamin C as 2 medium sized oranges, Amla contains many essential nutrients and minerals like polyphenols, iron, zinc and vitamins like carotene and vitamin B complex. As such, it is no surprise that Amla is a great source of antioxidants. Here are the numbers of ways in which its antioxidative properties morph into a magic wand, casting their own healthy spell:
- With its high content of tannins, in conjunction with polyphenols, the fruit morphs into a scavenger of free radicals. This helps bolster immunity and nullify the damaging effect of free radicals on the body’s cells, thereby, controlling cell damage as well as improving the body’s ability to fight disease.
- Another important characteristic of Amla is the checking the oxidation of LDL or low density lipoprotein. Oxidation of LDL releases free radicals that are responsible for coronary diseases and therefore, Amla’s role in inhibiting the oxidation of LDL helps prevent the risk of heart diseases.
- The list of antioxidating benefits of Amla do not end here. Amla helps regularize cholesterol levels by repressing the oxidative properties of TBA or thiobarbituric acid, which, in turn, induces LDL oxidation.
- Studies evince the healthy impact of polyphenol-laden fruit in protecting the body from the oxidative properties of high blood sugar. The same compound prevents insulin resistance, thereby aiding the absorption of insulin into the stream and keeping blood sugar levels in check.
- Not to forget, the fruit can help keep cancer at bay. Packed with magical antioxidant properties, Amla can help fight carcinogenic agents, inhibit the growth of cancerous cells, mitigate the adverse effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy without compromising on their effectivity as a treatment and has the potential to keep cancer from flaring.
- Studies also show that Amla can check the oxidative damage caused by chemicals or alcohol. So, an Amla might just be the food you need for a healthy and safe liver.
Let’s popularize the use of Amla in the West as well, so that the magic spreads far and wide. J
And it could be the next super food to be declared after the humble Moringa!