The Amla berry (also called Amalaki) has been used for centuries in Ayurveda for a variety of health purposes.
It grows on the Amla tree, which is also known under the names Emblica officinalis, Phyllantus emblica and Indian gooseberry.
The tree occurs in the tropical climes of Southeast Asia, the Middle East and India.
Amla contains many healthy nutrients that are said to have beneficial effects on health, including vitamin C and other antioxidants. Amalaki is part of the herbal mixture often used in Ayurveda Triphala,
Use of Amla berry:
- High cholesterol
- joint pain
- Eye diseases
Effect of Amla berry (Amalaki)
Despite their centuries of use in Ayurveda, Amla and its health effects have rarely been the subject of scientific research.
However, there are now first investigations that attribute various positive qualities to Amalaki. Here are some of the current research results:
Amalaki may have positive effects on hyperlipidemia. This disease is characterized by very high blood levels of cholesterol and other lipids. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2007 confirms this. (1)
In animal experiments, the researchers tested the effect of Amla on fat metabolism and gene expression. Among other things, it was found that the Amla Berry helps against hyperlipidemia by reducing oxidative stress.
A study with human volunteers who had unhealthy cholesterol levels also showed promising results: at the end of the trial, subjects had significant improvements in their blood lipid levels, as well as lower blood pressure. (2)
high blood pressure
A study published in the journal Cardiovascular Toxicology suggests that Amla has a positive effect on the development and development of hypertension.
Also in this case, the antioxidant effect of Amalaki plays a role. In studies on rats, the researchers found that berry antioxidants help normalize blood pressure by reducing oxidative stress. (3)
Amla berry and diabetes
Amalaki should be able to help with diabetes according to a study from 2012 (Journal of Ethnopharmacology). In the study, rats were treated with an extract from the Amla berry.
There were improvements in complaints related to diabetes. Also, according to the researchers, this effect should result from the neutralization of free radicals. (4)
Amalaki in cancer
The berry has some characteristics that may be conducive to the treatment and prevention of cancer. According to an article in the journal European Journal of Cancer Prevention, the fruit should have an anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting effect.
However, there are no studies in humans that suggest positive effects in cancer. (5)
Amla oil for the hair
Amla oil is often used after washing hair as a conditioner replacement. You should massage the oil deep into the hair, so that everything is covered. After 15 minutes of exposure, you can then wash the oil with warm water from the hair.
According to ayurvedic health practitioners, the oil should also help with dryness of the scalp and dandruff. Again, the oil is massaged into the scalp daily and washed out after 15 minutes. Depending on the product, the oil may have a strong musk fragrance. So you should wash it thoroughly if you find the smell disturbing.
Shampoos and hair powder
The oil from the Amalaki fruit is often used as part of shampoos. It is also often included in hair powders. You can also make your own hair care product by mixing Amla powder with warm water, resulting in a nice paste. This is intended to give the hair strength and smoothness.
Unfortunately, at the moment, there is not much insight into the safety of taking Amalaki.
The amounts to be found in food should probably be harmless. However, Ayurvedic products that contain the berry may cause side effects.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: As there is little information regarding the safety of Amla berry in pregnant women and nursing mothers, these people should refrain from taking it.
- Diabetes: Since Amalaki can lower blood sugar levels, diabetics taking medication should refrain from taking it.