February 01, 2019
TL;DR:. Amla shows significant health benefits, reduction in cholesterol, so I consume about 1 teaspoon daily.
Amla, or Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit from Indian that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. A quick google search shows millions of results for health benefits, and it even has its own WebMD Page. NutritionFacts.org has several videos explaining the various health benefits of Amla, or Indian Gooseberry, but I want to dive into a bit of the research and let you know how I’ve changed my diet because of it.
The first study looks at the effects of Amla vs. Simvastatin. Of 60 patients, 40 were given an Amla capsule (500 mg) and 20 were given a simvastatin capsule (20 mg). They took these daily for 42 days (6 weeks). The results show that Amla produced a significant reduction of Total Cholesterol (TC), LDL Cholesterol, triglyceride (TG) and VLDL, and a significant increase in HDL levels. Both treatments produced significant reduction in blood pressure; however, this beneficial effect was more marked in patients receiving Amla.
Table 1: Effects of Amla and Simvastatin treatments on blood pressure of hypertensive patients
Figure 1: Percentage change in various parameters of lipid profile in amla and simvastatin treated patients at visit III.
Figure 2: Effect of amla treatment on lipid profile.
Figure 3: Effects of simvastatin treatment on lipid profile.
The research above was enough to get me to drink Amla powder every day. The way I look at it is: even if it doesn’t have any effect on my cholesterol, the worst that happens is I’m taking in a bunch of extra antioxidants that I otherwise wouldn’t have.
One thing to watch out for with Amla powder is that it’s known to be contaminated with high levels of heavy metals. A lot of resources say to get Amla from a local indian grocery store. I don’t have anything against that, but I like to know that my supplements are being tested for contaminants. The Amla powder I get is from Amazon. The seller is a US-based company and while the product is imported from Indian, they do testing on every lot for lead and heavy metal contaminants. Also, it’s USDA certified organic, non-GMO berified, raw, gluten-free, and began.
I mix 1 teaspoon into a small amount of hot water, stir until dissolved, and fill the rest of the glass with cold water. I wouldn’t say that it tastes good, but it certainly doesn’t taste bad.
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