An Underrated Superfood: Amla

Also known as Indian gooseberry, Amla is a severely underrated superfood. Native to many parts of Asia, It’s a bitter fruit that grows on trees. 

In addition to its culinary and medicinal benefits, amla has a site specific rich history attached to it. 

In Hindu mythology, it's said to come from the first tree on earth - gods and demons got into a fight after the ksheera sagar manthan, which led to drops of amrit being spilled on earth accidentally. Ultimately, the numerous historical mentions of amla conveyed the potency and benefits of the superfood.  

What is it good for? 

The benefits of this superfood are endless; most commonly, it's known for its high vitamin C content. Additionally, it's high in vitamin E, vitamin A, Iron, Calcium, amino acids, antioxidants, and minerals.

The nutritional benefits of amla are endless, including its high vitamin C content.

Consuming amla can aid in heartburn. Studies have shown that taking amla everyday can reduce the frequency of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms. 


Amla is commonly used to maintain heart health, decreasing the risk of heart disease. It’s high antioxidant content can protect against oxidative damage that’s associated with heart injury. It regulates endothelial function; comparable to the effectiveness of the drug atorvastatin. It’s anti-inflammatory properties can aid in preventing the development of heart disease. It normalizes blood fat levels, decreasing the levels of bad cholesterol, while increasing the levels of good cholesterol. Amla can also reduce blood pressure by acting as a vasodilator; another preventative method for heart disease. Consuming amla can also prevent the formation of blood clots. 

Amla is most commonly known for its benefits regarding heart health.

Beside its heart benefits, amla is known to be an immunity booster; an important aspect to consider during these trying times. On top of that, it’s high vitamin C and antioxidant  content offers anti-aging properties that can improve skin, hair, and even vision. 


Additionally, this food is so potent, its shown promising results in test tube and animal testing cancer trials. 


With everything considered, amla is a highly nutritious superfood that could be a perfect daily dietary supplement. 


You can reap the benefits of amla by consuming it regularly. Dr kohli’s Amla Capsules each contain 200mg of amla extract. The recommended dose for adults is to take two capsules 2-3 times per day.