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What is Amla?

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Amla is the Hindi name for a variety of the Indian gooseberry, scientifically known as Phyllanthus Emblica. The berries from this plant are harvested in autumn and eaten, though traditionally, they may be steeped in salt water or otherwise processed. These berries have a bitter, sour flavor, and are fibrous.

The amla extract is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Indian medicinal practices. It has long been considered a rejuvenating substance when combined with other elements in specific formulations. Classical healers considered it an item that could help in aiding digestion, alleviating respiratory conditions, and generally promoting longevity and quality of life.

As a culinary addition, the Indian gooseberry is popular in South India. It can be eaten either raw or cooked into various dishes. It may also be pickled.

Nutritional experts promote several health benefits of the amla berry product, including vitamin C and general antioxidant value. As a vitamin C containing compound, it is effective in treating ailments like scurvy. The antioxidants found in this substance can help contain the effects of free radicals in the body. Some traditional healers have used the element as a kind of “cure-all” for a wide range of health conditions.

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A major use of the Indian gooseberry in today's market is as a dietary supplement. It is being promoted for the effective treatment of a wide range of conditions, and even as a rejuvenator for battling natural aging processes. As a dietary supplement, amla has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

A recent study into future uses of amla is looking at how the extract may affect cholesterol. According to independent online sources, the pharmaceutical company Merck has done some tests centered around using it for related curative compounds. Recent studies show that there may be potential for using amla to reduce types of cholesterol in some patients. Ongoing studies will continue to look at whether amla can be effective for treating conditions related to heart disease and excessively high cholesterol levels.

In addition to looking at this substance as a heart health booster, other proponents of the plant are talking about other possible uses. Some claim that the Indian gooseberry was conventionally used to treat arthritis and related conditions. Others continue to support the idea that it can aid in digestion. In using any dietary supplement, it's best to consult a qualified medical physician before pursuing a routine program of ingesting amla or any similar substance.

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