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Grown primarily in India and many Middle Eastern countries, Amla fruit (also commonly referred to as Indian Gooseberry) has proven very important throughout history. Amla is grown on a medium-sized tree with greenish-yellow flowers. The amla fruit itself is circular, smooth, hard, and also has a greenish-yellow appearance. It has a sour and bitter taste, although it can be eaten raw after steeping in salt water and red chili powder.


The amla fruit hold religious significance, especially in Sanskrit Buddhism tradition. According to one tale, half of an amla fruit was the last gift given to the Buddist sangha by the Indian emperor Ashoka. In Theravada Buddhism, the amla tree is said to be used for achieving enlightenment.


Amla has also been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. All parts of the plant are used in various Ayurvedic formulations (including the bark, roots, flowers, leaves as well as the fruit). The fruit is highly nutritious - filled with vitamins A and C. Actually, a single amla fruit contains 60 times more vitamin C than one orange. Additionally, amla fruit also contains high levels of folic acid, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, carotene and magnesium.


With such a concentration of nutrients, it’s no wonder that amla has been used for thousands of years to help maintain skin and hair conditions. And even better - such a concentration means that you do not need to use much in order to reap its benefits! Amla powder can be added in small quantities to smoothies, soups, and teas as well as be added to face masks, lotions, shampoos and other hair treatments.


Our revolutionary CO2 extraction process offer the highest quality and concentration of the amla fruit for our customers. You can purchase our Complexion+ multi-herbal formula capsules (which contains amla) for your convenience, or our pure, concentrated amla powder for versatility.













References:

  • Akhtar, Muhammad Shoaib, Ayesha Ramzan, Amanat Ali, and Maqsood Ahmad. "Effect of Amla fruit (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) on blood glucose and lipid profile of normal subjects and type 2 diabetic patients." International journal of food sciences and nutrition 62, no. 6 (2011): 609-616.

  • Al-Rehaily, A. J., T. S. Al-Howiriny, M. O. Al-Sohaibani, and S. Rafatullah. "Gastroprotective effects of ‘Amla’Emblica officinalis on in vivo test models in rats." Phytomedicine 9, no. 6 (2002): 515-522.

  • Jeevangi, Santoshkumar, S. Manjunath, and Pranavkumar M. Sakhare. "A study of anti-hyperlipidemia, hypolipedimic and anti-atherogenic activity of fruit of Emblica officinalis (amla) in high fat fed albino rats." International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences 1, no. 2 (2013): 70-77.

  • Strong, J. S. (1983) The Legend of King Ashoka, New York: Princeton University Press.

  • Buddha: His Life, His Teachings, His Order: Together with the History of the Buddhism, Manmatha Nath Dutt, Society for the resuscitation of Indian literature, 1901, p. 3.

  • Kapoor, V. P. "Herbal cosmetics for skin and hair care." (2005).

  • Sharma, Laxmikant, Gaurav Agarwal, and Ashwani Kumar. "Medicinal plants for skin and hair care." (2003).

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