|Amla / Indian Gooseberry|
Amla juice and amla jam are two of the ways of consuming amla, a wonder fruit that nature has given us, and reap its health benefits.
The links to the recipes for amla juice and amla jam are given at the end of this post.
Many research findings reveal that Amla, also known as the Indian gooseberry, offers a number of health benefits.
Here are a few insights into the power of Amla:
- Can protect and nourish hair
- Is a rich source of Vitamin C
- Has many antioxidants
- Can reduce cholesterol levels
- Can control diabetes
Amla is a fruit, which has a plenty of Vitamin C. According to the data in the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference:
100 grams of raw gooseberries has 27.7 milligrams of Vitamin C.
From the same Database:
100 grams of raw gooseberries has 87.87 grams of water.
100 grams of raw gooseberries has 4.3 grams of fiber.
What does the above data mean from the health point of view? The high water content and the fibrousness of amla make it a natural laxative. It can be a remedy for constipation, among others.
In a research study by the Department of Food and Nutrition, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, men subjects in the age group of 35-55 were given raw amla, for 28 days, as a diet supplement. The researchers of the study found a reduction in the cholesterol levels of “both normal and hypercholesterolaemic” men.
The researchers also found that when the diet supplement was stopped, after two weeks the “total serum cholesterol levels of the hypercholesterolaemic subjects rose significantly almost to initial levels.”
How can amla be consumed? It can be eaten raw. Some Indian gooseberries, however, might be bitter or sour. So, eating raw gooseberries with just a little salt would help overcome the bitterness or sourness of this fruit and could also make it tasty.
You can also make amla juice or amla jam and savor this great fruit. A spread of amla jam on a bread slice makes it delicious. Amla jam can be a good side dish for chapati and dosa.
Do you want to know how to make amla juice or amla jam? Here are the links to the recipes with step-by-step instructions and with photos:
Amla Juice Recipe
Amla Jam Recipe