Health and Wellness

Amlaki – The bitter the better


Have you heard this saying “Eat bitter, Taste Sweet “? 

If yes!  Then you must be knowing the value of being Bitter, jokes apart; this saying is very apt for AMLAKI, it tastes bitter but it is the nectar of life,

Yes absolutely, I am not over exaggerating. Amlaki is the Ram Baan ingredient for your internal and external body. Ram ban because it just doesn’t fail.

So here I will make you aware about this green colored translucent ball like fruit AMLAKI also known as gooseberry or Amla in local language.

Amla is available across India, and other parts of the world. It starts ripening in autumn and then the berries are harvested by climbing to upper branches of the tree bearing this fruit. It is a fibrous fruit with sour, bitter and astringent taste and little sweet at the end. It tastes sweetest at the end, which personifies the hidden benefits.


Now let’s see the benefits of this fruit one by one

  • Ayurveda talks about three doshas of the body mainly Kapha , vata and Pitta , The balance of all the three elements is dosh. Vata is signified by space and air, which carries the energy of movement; pitta signifies fire and water and responsible for digestion and metabolism; and kapha signifies water and earth which takes care of structure and lubrication. Amla has the ability to balance all the three.
  • Keeps your eyes healthier as it is rich in Vitamin A and hence aid to fight age related macular degeneration and also kills bacteria or viruses resulting in conjunctives eyes.
  • Acts as a Natural blood Purifier by making the blood vessels stronger.
  • Aids in weight management by improving metabolism and helps in digestion  
  • Amla also contains anti-inflammatory properties, therefore dried Amla powder can be used to cure hyperacidity and prevent stomach ulcers.
  • It relieves from arthritis pain, joint aches, ulcers due to its anti-inflammatory properties 
  • Amla also gives us immense beauty benefits, it helps in improving skin and hair by keeping it hydrated and proves to be super fruit for its anti-aging properties

Well now we are aware about the benefits but still because of the bitterness we tend to share enmity with our best friend Amla, so here are few ways of consuming Amla.

1.Consume Amla like a lemon sprinkle on your salads, it does not affect your taste much but make the meal healthier

2.Boil Amla to reduce the sour and pungent taste, you can include these chopped pieces in your tadka , the difference in taste is not noticeable and it adds nutrition to your diet

3.You can also make chutney or candy or pickle out of Amla for extras in the meal

So, to conclude this small bitter tasting ball of treasure is one of the best medicines, affordable and available. It is the richest Vitamin C fruit, about 100 gm Amla contains as much Vitamin C as 20 oranges. It also contains antioxidants which helps to develop our immunity, also has anti-inflammatory properties which helps in digestion. It purifies your blood and also makes your skin and hair shiny and healthy and slows down the ageing process. Hence “The Bitter the Better “

Read more about how amla is used in Triphala

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