Amla: The Wonder Berry Offering a Dose of Non-GMO, Health-Boosting Vitamin C
Many of the vitamins sold in grocery stores and health food stores by large companies source their vitamin C from ascorbic acid, and this comes from GMO crops. Amla, also known as Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) is a vitamin C-packed fruit found all over India and used in popular Ayurvedic formulas called Triphala and Chyawanprash. It might just be a good substitute, along with non-GMO, organic foods, to supplement vitamin C.
The vitamin C antioxidant itself is a vital nutrient that activates cell metabolism, stimulates the immune system, and composes the connective tissues of our bodies. It also helps to deactivate free radicals and has even been shown to help with radiation poisoning, a growing concern with the latest Fukushima disaster.
Unlike animals, humans cannot produce vitamin C in our bodies ourselves; we must consume it from plants or supplements. Amla, or Amalaki, not only supplies high levels of vitamin C, but it also has rejuvenating properties for the digestive and excretory systems, and helps to rebuild new tissues. Amla is packed with 3000 mg of vitamin C per fruit.
The fruit can reduce inflammation in the body while flushing out toxins via the urinary system without overly straining it. It can also relive menstrual cramps, and make hair, nails and skin more beautiful. This super fruit is a great substitute for the freakish GMO oranges our own government, along with Monsanto, plans on creating soon. When can get all the Vitamin C we need from a different source.
Amla has also been shown to be a wonder berry in the treatment and prevention of cancer. One study says the fruit is arguably the ‘most important medicinal plant in the Indian traditional system of medicine’, Ayurveda.
The study goes on to say:
“…In addition, experimental studies have shown that amla and some of its phytochemicals such as gallic acid, ellagic acid, pyrogallol, some norsesquiterpenoids, corilagin, geraniin, elaeocarpusin, and prodelphinidins B1 and B2 also possess antineoplastic effects. Amla is also reported to possess radiomodulatory, chemomodulatory, chemopreventive effects, free radical scavenging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic and immunomodulatory activities, properties that are efficacious in the treatment and prevention of cancer. This review for the first time summarizes the results related to these properties and also emphasizes the aspects that warrant future research to establish its activity and utility as a cancer preventive and therapeutic drug in humans.”
Consuming sufficient vitamin C in your diet is important for overall health, and making sure that vitamin C is non-GMO is optimal. Amla may be the solution people are looking for. Here are over 7 signs you’re vitamin C deficient.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.