The simple fact that ONE fruit of Amla (Indian Gooseberry) which is only 1 inch in diameter packs the same antiscorbutic value as two oranges and is the second richest natural source of anti-oxidant Vitamin C is reason enough to draw curiosity!
Amla or Indian Gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica/Emblica officinalis) is best recognized for its richness of Vitamin C. Another anti-oxidant found in gooseberry juice is superoxide dismutase. SOD (superoxide dismutase) is an important enzyme that many people are often deficient in. This enzyme is important in ridding the body of free radicals.
Amla grows on a deciduous tree of the Phyllanthaceae family. Amla fruit is nearly spherical, light greenish yellow, smooth and hard on appearance, with six vertical stripes or furrows. Amla taste is best described as sour, bitter and astringent.
While research conducted on Amla is not nearly as extensive as that for Aloe Vera, it’s beneficial characteristics are getting increased attention with time.
According to Ayurveda, Amla is purported to deliver a cooling effect on the body. Not surprisingly Amla is a common main component of numerous Ayurvedic preparations such as Chyawanprash.