Amla juice is the juice extracted from amla ‘gooseberry’ berry. Known for its immense Ayurvedic properties, amla juice is a potent natures elixir packed with anti bacterial properties, detoxing and immunity boosting antioxidants, helping combat most of ones everyday health woes.
Nutritional value of amla juice
Amla juice is low on calories and is a rich source of phenolic phytochemicals such as flavonoids, anthocyanins, and vitamins A and C. It possesses zero cholesterol and fats. It contains 210 mg of Vitamin C, 78.8mg of potassium, 7mg magnesium, 17.5mg of calcium, etc.
Possible health benefits of amla juice…
1/7. Burns fat
1. Due to the low-calorie content, high content of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin C; Amla juice is considered as a weight-loss supplement.
2. It also contains polyphenols and antioxidants that boost metabolism assisting in passive fat burning.
2/7. Aids in digestion
1. Amla juice is of great use in gastric complaints and for burning sensation in the abdomen.
2. The vitamin and mineral content of amla juice helps in fighting against the gastric complaints.
3. Amla juice possesses anti-bacterial properties which control the harmful effects of the bad bacteria that cause gastric complaints.
4. The fibre content of Amla helps enhance digestive health. It is good for diarrhea, dysentery, peptic ulcers, acidity and health of the liver.
3/7. Improves respiratory health
1. Amla possesses anti-oxidants and anti-bacterial properties which help in fighting against several respiratory conditions. It also aids in the smooth functioning of the respiratory system.
2. It soothes inflammation and addresses the underlying infections of the respiratory tracts. It decreases the chances of allergic asthma, chronic cough, tuberculosis and complications of asthma and bronchitis.
4/7. Strengthens immunity
1. Amla is a rich source of Vitamin C thus, making it an immunity booster. Intake of amla increases the white blood cells in the body. White blood cells help in fighting against infections, allergies and in flushing out toxins.
2. Free radicals cause damage which weakens the immune system. The vitamins and antioxidants present in amla juice restrict the damage caused by free radicals.
3. The tannin and polyphenol content of amla strengthens the immunity.
4. The bacteria and infections are taken care of by the antibacterial properties of amla juice.
5/7. Benefits for hair care
1. Amla encourages hair growth by strengthening hair follicles. The high content of iron, carotene and antioxidants rejuvenates hair follicles and limits hair loss and baldness.
2. The presence of antioxidants and vitamin C in amla juice prevents premature greying of hair.
3. Vitamin C content of the juice restricts the accumulation of dandruff.
4. Amla juice fights pigmentation and is the best to treat hair discolouration.
5. Amla acts as an excellent conditioner for dry and rough hair. It also prevents various hair disorders such as frizzy hair, hair loss and split ends.
6/7. Controls diabetes
1. The vitamin C content of amla is a powerful antioxidant that reverses the oxidative stress effects.
2. The antioxidant content of amla enhances insulin adsorption which helps in controlling blood sugar.
3. Chromium content of amla controls the blood sugar levels.
7/7. Other possible health benefits…
Amla juice is also helpful in preventing cancer, improves eyesight, purifies blood, relieves constipation and piles, strengthens liver, bones and muscles and has anti-inflammatory effect. It also promotes oral health, soothes menstrual cramps, helps in insomnia, has anti-aging effect on skin, improves skin pigmentation and helps treat acne and pimple scars.
Amla – Indian Gooseberry, has been shown to help DETOX, improve Liver health, control Diabetes, lower bad cholesterol, respiratory issues and lower the risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome.
How to make amla juice?
1. Wash and dry 1 cup of amlas and place them in a bowl. Place the bowl in a pressure cooker and add 1 ½ cups of water to the pressure cooker. Cover the pressure cooker with its lid and switch on the gas.
2. After one whistle, switch off the gas and remove the bowl from the stove. Let the gooseberry cool down. Press the amla with the fingers and remove the seeds.
3. Grind 1 cup sugar into a fine powder (Recommended only for those who find the amla juice taste bitter).
4. Grind the amla pieces. Mix the amla paste with sugar powder and a pinch of salt. Keep this concentrate in the freezer.
5. To prepare your amla juice, add 2 to 3 spoons of the amla concentrate to a glass of water. You can also add a pinch of cardamom powder and stir well.