Do you know—Which is the richest natural source of vitamin C; Which fruit can make your skin supple, hair shiny and eyes brighter; Which fruit can delay the signs of aging? The Ancient Indian Mythology mentioned this tree as the first tree to be created in the universe and theAyurvedic texts revealedthisas the longevity fruit;any guesses!!
Yes, it is Amla, the Indian Gooseberry!
Amla is an integral part of some of our popular Ayurvedic recipes such as Triphala and Chyawanprash. The two recipes are known to be rich in amla and have multitude of beneficial effects. Many of us may be aware of the health benefits of amla but we hardly consume this fruit regularly. Here are seven easy ways touse amla fruit for its amazing health benefits:
- Amla candy: Amla candies are the sweet dehydrated amla fruits relished by almost everyone. It definitely contains the properties of amla but simultaneously sugar coated candies are not good for people who are diabetic, obese or looking for weight loss.
- Dehydrated amla fruits: These are also dehydrated amla fruit candies but without sugar. Therefore, dry amla sugar free candies are beneficial for everyone looking for the benefits of amla fruits.
- Amla murabba: Amlamurabba is the whole amla fruits embedded in sugar syrup. It is available in market. It is highly sweet in nature and therefore not suitable for people with diabetes or who are obese.
- Amla powder: Dry amla powder can either be made at home or generally available in the market. The powder can be taken mixed with lukewarm water.
- Amla juice: Fresh amla juice is beneficial and can be taken in several ways, with sugar, without sugar, mixed with other fruit juices or smoothies. Amla juice is also available in the market but those generally contain preservatives and higher concentration of artificial sweetener. Therefore, it is advisable to take the fresh juice instead of canned for maximum benefit. We can add honey to enhance its flavour and added benefits.
- Amla chutney: Amla chutney can be made at home by adding few amla fruits, fresh coriander leaves, green chillies, salt to taste and a little water to grind the ingredients. This freshly made chutney contains benefits of amla along with coriander and highly appreciated by many of us.Amla pickle: Amla pickles are also available in the market or can be made at home. We can also boil amla fruits and separate them into parts. Sprinkle a little turmericand salt to taste when they are still hot. Store it in a jar.It has shelf life of maximum 4-5 days; therefore, prepare fresh every week and keep in refrigerator. Enjoy with every meal in place of pickle.You may add some other spices as per your taste palate.
Amla contains 20 times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges that works as an antioxidant to prevent damage from free radicals. Therefore, regular consumption of Amla fruit may lead to disease free long life.The fruit is known to improve the beneficial bacteria of the intestine which promotes digestive health and cleanses the body. Presence of nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, calcium, phosphorus in amla nourishes each cell of the body. Thus, amla is good to improve vision, make skin supple, and hair shinya.
Apart from the recipes mentioned above amlacan also be taken in the form of two Ayurvedic supplements as mentioned earlier. Chyawanprash, an age-old recipe is known to almost everyone for its benefits to increase immunity. It contains many herbal ingredients, amla being the main ingredient. Triphala is also loaded with the benefits ofamla along with two other medicinal fruits (baheda and harad).
Knowing the benefits of something is good but finding ways to actually experience those benefits is what we should aim for! Therefore, in this article we can learn how to include amla in our diet easily. We can enjoy the medicinal fruit, amla with any of our favourite recipe and experience its amazing benefits in our life. I personally like to have fresh amla in the form of chutney and my all-time favourite Ayurvedic recipe ‘Triphala’.
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