Amalaki Indian gooseberry,Malacca tree, or amla from Sanskrit, Amalaki is a deciduous tree of the family Phyllanthaceae. It is known for its edible fruit of the same name.
The fruit is nearly spherical, light greenish yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance, with six vertical stripes or furrows.
Ripening in autumn, the berries are harvested by hand after climbing to upper branches bearing the fruits. The taste of Indian amalaki is sour, bitter and astringent, and it is quite fibrous. these fruits are reputed to contain high amounts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), up to 445 mg per 100 g, and it also contains punicafolin and phyllanemblinin A, phyllanemblin other polyphenols, such as flavonoids, kaempferol, ellagic acid, and gallic acid.
Amalaki Health Benefits.
Amalaki may help prevent hyperlipidemia (a condition marked by abnormally high levels of cholesterol and other blood fats), according to a 2007 study from the British Journal of Nutrition. In tests on rats, the study’s authors found that Amalaki may help fight hyperlipidemia by curbing oxidative stress.
Amalaki has a number of properties that may be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of cancer, according to a report published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention in 2011. According to the report, Amalaki may help fight cancer through several means, such as reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, and knocking out free radicals. However, there is currently a lack of clinical trials testing the anti-cancer effects of Amalaki.
High Blood Pressure
A study published in Cardiovascular Toxicology in 2011 found that Amalaki may help prevent the development and progression of high blood pressure. scientists determined that antioxidants found in Amalaki may help normalize blood pressure in part by reducing oxidative stress.
Other Known Uses Of Amalaki.
Amalaki is said to aid in the treatment of the following health conditions:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- joint pain