Wonderful Amla Fruit (Indian Gooseberry)

Amla is a gift of nature to mankind. It is an indispensable part of the Ayurvedic and Unani system of medicine. Amla has amazing remedial qualities. In Sanskrit, it is called amalaki or dhartriphala. It belongs to the family Euphorbiecae and its scientific name is Emblica officinalis. There are two varieties of amla – cultivated (gramya) and wild (vanya). The wild amla is small, hard and has lots of fiber while the cultivated amla is big, smooth and juicy. The fruit of the amla tree possess medicinal value. It is basically sour but at times it is sweet and pungent also. Nutritive value of amla: Amla is one of the richest natural source of vitamin C. The fresh amla juice contains 20 times as much vitaminC as orange juice. A single amla fruit is equivalent to one or two oranges in vitamin C.100 mg of edible portion of amla contains 600 mg of vitamin C. The amla fruit contains more than 80% of water. It also has protein, carbohydrate, fibre, minerals and vitamins. It also contains Oxalic acid.

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