Indian gooseberry (Amla) is the sour fruit of the Emblica officianalis tree and is found mostly in India as well as tropical southeast Asia. Amla is often pickled or used to make chutney (see below for recipe) and the fruit is the major ingredient in the very popular and healthy jam-like food chyawanprash. Amla also adds a nice sourness to otherwise sweet smoothies.
Amla is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C found in nature. Modern science has confirmed the medicinal value of this ancient fruit, which is credited with the ability to balance cholesterol. Amla contains anticancer properties, liver supportive properties and immunomodulating properties. Amla also has an impressive impact on heart health, especially in helping prevent coronary heart disease.
Make sure when purchasing raw Amla Powder that it is sourced from sustainably harvested amalaki trees natively grown in India ensuring no chemicals or pesticides are used in the cultivation.
Health Benefits of Amla – Indian Gooseberry
- high in Vitamin C
- low calorie
- reduces intraocular tension
- good for anemia
- reduces blood sugar
- enriches hair growth
- strengthens heart muscle
- strengthens nails
- promotes lean muscle mass
- useful for diarrhea & dysentery
- relief for hyperchlorhydria
- improves appetite
- anti-aging properties
- supports liver function
- balances cholesterol
- increases red blood cell production
- nourishes the brain
- protects against UVB radiation
- contains ellagic acid, gallic acid, emblicanin A+B, super oxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione, peroxidase & catalase
Groovy Gooseberry Smoothie
(Always use organic ingredients when available.)
1 Cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1 frozen banana
1 Tblsp freshly ground flaxseeds
1 Cup of Kale or Spinach
1 tsp raw honey
1-2 tsp of raw Amla – Indian Gooseberry Powder
Mix all ingredients in blender or VitaMix. Enjoy!
Amla & Coriander Chutney (Indian Gooseberry Chutney)
1 cup fresh coriander leaves chopped
2 cloves organic garlic
3-4 green chilies
Himalayan salt to taste
2 Amla or Indian Gooseberry
Using a sharp knife, cut the Amla and remove the seed.
Mix all the ingredients, along with the raw Amla, into a smooth paste in a food processor.
Chill before serving with snacks.