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Herbal Rasayanas (Champion-1)
Rejuvenating amla for healthy gut functions

By : Urmi J.

Amla, Phyllanthus Emblica is a light green or tanned yellow Indian native fruit useful in full-body Ayurvedic treatments. Indian Gooseberry is a vital food supplement used in organic topical
health & beauty care products such as eye drops, hair oil, shampoo, and face pack. It holds a leading spot as a self-sufficient rejuvenating, anti-aging herb in Rasayana Ayurveda. It is a classic Indian
Herbal Rasayana, also known as Amalaki, the nectar of life in Sanskrit. It's a magical health tonic for our body's healthy gut functions such as healthy digestion, immune, brain, heart, lungs, sleep, and mood. Ayurveda refers to it as Amrit, heavenly nectar for immortality.

Amla has immunomodulatory and detoxification properties to protect the gut immune, liver, and kidneys. It has five Rasas (tastes): sour, pungent, bitter, sweet, and astringent capable of
balancing Tridosha, mainly Pitta. Fresh Amla juice contains twenty times more Vitamin C than other citrus fruits. One hundred grams of fresh Amalaki contains around 500-700 mg of VIT C, which our body readily absorbs. It balances stomach acids vital for our healthy gut, considered a Pittashamak (calming Pitta) and Sattvik alkaline diet (Food calming overall body). Since Pitta is associated with Agni (bodily fire) and water, it directs the digestive system's metabolic functions and transformation in our body giving longevity.

Amla is a potent source of phytochemicals: Dietary Fibers, Amino Acids, Protein, Carbohydrates, Vitamins, Minerals, Alkaloids, Flavonoids, Organic fatty acids, and water-soluble Polyphenols (tannins): Examples are Glutamic acid, Linoleic (Omega-6) acid, Linolenic acid (Omega-3), Oleic acid, Gallic acid, Palmitic acid, Myristic acid, Emblicanin A and B, Ellagitannin, Chebulagic acid, Pectin, Quercetin, Kaempferol, Ascorbic acid (VIT C), A, E, B complex, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus.

These potent phytonutrients present in fruit are powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents. Other remarkable health healing properties of Amalaki are:

  • Adaptogenic, Nootropic
  • Anxiolytic, Antihypertensive
  • Antianemia, Antineoplastic
  • Antipyretic, Analgesic, Antibacterial
  • Anti-Obesity, Diuretic, blood purifier
  • Neuro, Cardio, Nephro, Gastroprotective

Many ancient and new studies prove that amla is one of the most powerful Indian herbs used for many household treatments. It is commonly available at affordable cost, still a very versatile therapeutic aid for:

  • Diseases/Disorders: Cardiovascular, inflammatory, respiratory, gastric, neurocognitive
  • Some examples: Pulmonary fibrosis, atherosclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Obesity, High cholesterol, High
    blood pressure, Cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and stomach disorders such as Ulcers, Constipation, Diarrhea.

Omega -3 and 6 in Amla lower the risk of heart attacks, high blood pressure, and cholesterol by preventing atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries' walls); Oleic acid lowers cholesterol to
improve heart conditions to reduce inflammation, a boon for dry and elderly skin. Quercetin, Kaempferol flavonoids in amla gives wonderful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective and antihypertensive benefits. Gallic acid is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antineoplastic. It shows therapeutic activities in neuropsychological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, inflammatory, metabolic diseases/disorders. Iron increases hemoglobin (red blood cells, which are oxygen-carrying protein) in our blood. Amla is a good fiber source, works very well in dealing with constipation trouble. Amalaki is a useful home remedy for weak eyesight, hair, skin, sore throat, cold, cough, and fever.

Amla is the best-fit example of the proven proof of nature's care and earth's excellence in kitchen sciences!! The fruit is freshly grown from early October to April when our hair, skin, bones,
digestion, and overall body's gut health is affected maximum by seasonal triggers. Winter is the best time to start getting the optimum advantages of amazing amla for your healthy gut functions!! It is mostly consumed as raw when fresh, dry powder, juice, pickles, and many Ayurvedic recipes; Chyawanprash, Triphala, Brahma Rasayana, Dhatri Rasayan, Amalaki Rasayana. 

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Including Amalaki, an outstanding herbal champ in your daily life, can give you incredible health benefits!!

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