Amla – A Potent Berry with Ancient Roots
The Malacca tree that produces amla, or Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica), is sacred in the many healing traditions based in India, where it is found growing wild and cultivated.
These sour, tasty plum-sized berries were used in winter as a general tonic and to address a variety of health concerns. Both topically and internally, they were used to support healthy mucous membranes, from the skin to the gastrointestinal tract. Cooling in action, amla was used to help support gastric and urinary functions, promote a relaxed response to stress, and support healthy brain function in the elderly.
Whole Food Vitamin C + Antioxidant + Astringent
Sometimes the health benefits of Indian gooseberries are attributed to their incredibly high vitamin C content – reportedly one fruit contains as much vitamin C as 20 oranges!
Vitamin C helps protect cells from free radical damage, and it also strengthens the lungs and improves skin quality – all supportive of good overall health. The vitamin content, along with amla’s astringent qualities, helps support healthy immune response. It also supports heart and liver health, and nourishes the brain.
The health benefits of amla extract have proven to be superior to vitamin C alone; the extracts contain a multitude of potent healing molecules, including quercetin. In another study, amla was chosen as one of four, out of thousands of extracts sampled, for its strong antioxidative effects. Amla contains compounds that help protect the liver and the skin.
As we learn more about how the body systems work together and influence each other, it makes sense that an herb with constituents that support healthy skin, digestive and respiratory organs (mucous), and contribute to reduced effects of stress would help with overall health on a cellular level, including healthy brain function. Better blood, better blood flow, and a good supply of nutrients and oxygen – a perfect combination for great brain health.
Amla berry extract is one of three remarkable ingredients in our Brain Awakening™ formula.