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  • Writer's pictureDeanne Pandey

Local fix for Vitamin C

When it comes to Vitamin C, colourful fruits like blueberries and citric fruits come to our minds instantly. But did you know the best source is closer than you think? Amla, also known as the Indian gooseberry, is a storehouse of benefits. This historical Indian fruit had almost become alien to our generation a decade ago. It gives your health a boost to clear up the acne and can be consumed in a variety of different ways. It is a known fact that amla is an amazing antioxidant which can help in giving your body the much-needed detox. It has eight times more vitamin C than an orange and around 17 times more antioxidant power than a pomegranate. Amla is reported to contain nearly 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. While 100 gms of amla provide 600 mg of vitamin C, 100 gms of oranges provide only 30 mg. The vitamin C of one tiny amla is equivalent to about two oranges.

One amla easily meets the daily adult requirements for vitamin C. Easily assimilated by the human system, amla helps keep vitamin C deficiencies like scurvy at bay. Vitamin C is also a powerful scavenger of free radicals which cause cell damage leading to several diseases including cancer, cataract, heart disease, diabetes and ageing. If taken along with iron rich foods. Vitamin C can cure anaemia by enhancing iron absorption. We all know that vitamin C could help prevent certain types of infections and may even shorten the duration of the common cold when consumed regularly. Administering large amounts of amla extract to mice helped protect against oxidative stress and cell damage caused by arsenic. Amla juice is also rich in antioxidants and possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties, both of which could be beneficial for liver health as well. Amla juice is highly nutritious and has been linked to several impressive health benefits. In particular, studies suggest that it may improve kidney, liver, and heart health, enhance immune function and hair growth, and promote digestive health. Plus, amla juice is delicious and easy to prepare at home, making it a great addition to a healthy diet.

Amla is clearly the champion of the human system. Besides its cooling, diuretic and laxative effects, the kindly fruit also boosts immunity, slows ageing, restores vitality, rejuvinates all bodily systems and is a powerful antioxidant. And guess what? It is a great fruit for weight loss and digestion! Reap all the benefits of this local treasure today!

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