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Benefits of Amla Juice

By Lana Billings-Smith

Amla juice is made from amla berries, also known as Indian gooseberries, the fruit of the Indian gooseberry tree. The leafy tree produces light green berries with a naturally sour taste that can be eaten raw or cooked. Amla juice is rich in natural antioxidants, but claims of its health benefits are primarily based on animal studies, so more research is needed to understand its health benefits in people.

May Help With Cholesterol Levels

A study published in a 2012 issue of the "Indian Journal of Pharmacology" found that amla juice had the ability to lower blood cholesterol. The human study was conducted over the course of 42 days using amla juice in powdered form, administered as a capsule. Subjects taking the amla supplement had lower total blood cholesterol, lower triglyceride levels and increased HDL cholesterol plus a decrease in blood pressure. They concluded that amla juice could be useful as part of a comprehensive medical treatment for high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.

Rich in Vitamin C

Amla fruits are naturally rich in vitamin C, and the vitamin C content of the fruit is enhanced when it is combined with amla juice, according to a 2006 study published in the "Journal of Ethnopharmacology." Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant, protecting your body against damage from harmful toxins and free radicals and potentially slowing down the aging process as well as reducing your risk of heart disease. It is also important for producing collagen, which helps keep your hair, skin and ligaments healthy. Vitamin C provides support to your immune system as well.

May Help Prevent Symptoms of Diabetes

A preliminary animal study published in a 2011 issue of "Experimental and Clinical Cardiology" found that amla juice helped prevent symptoms associated with diabetes, including high blood sugar and cholesterol levels and general heart health. These results are promising, but because they're based on animal studies it's too early to say if amla juice has the same effect on people.

Rich in Antioxidants

A 2010 issue of “Nutrition Journal” included research on the antioxidant content of over 3,100 foods worldwide. In this study, dried amla berries were found to have the highest in antioxidant content of all of the berries, fruits and vegetables studied. Antioxidants can protect your body against damage from harmful toxins as well as chronic stress.

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