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The Indian Gooseberry, also known as amla, is known for boosting immunity, and is great for your hair and skin. Ayurveda places a lot of trust in amla for management of diabetes, the reason being that it’s rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant and can neutralize free radicals being produced by the body. This property is responsible for most of its health benefits. Below are some of the reasons why amla is so useful in managing diabetes:
Studies have shown that consuming amla fruit powder can cause a significant decrease in both fasting and post-prandial blood glucose levels.
Amla contains chromium which helps in regulating carbohydrate metabolism and make the body more responsive to insulin.
Amla prevents hyperlipidemia by reducing the number of free radicals. Consuming the fresh fruit is used as a remedy for liver disorders and is known to improve liver function.
Tannoids found in amla are potent Aldose Reductase inhibitors. These Aldose reductases are associated with eye complications and can be prevented by consuming amla.
This is the best and the most effective way to consume amla. If you do not prefer its tart, sour taste, drink a sip of water just after eating the fruit. This will give you a sweet aftertaste.
To prepare this juice, first remove the seed, crush the pulp, and then extract the juice. Consume around 5-10 ml daily.
Sun-dry the amla pulp and grind it into a fine powder. Start with a quarter of a teaspoon and go up to one teaspoon every day. Also, you can mix amla powder into water and lemon juice and drink every day. Some people also prefer to have amla powder mixed into honey.
You can also make an amla chutney by grinding the pulp with a few chillies, coriander, along with some ginger and salt.
Given all these benefits of amla, make sure to consume it every day to control diabetes. While commercial amla juice and amla candy are easily available, it’s best to avoid them because they generally have sugar added to them. So, the benefits you expect to gain from the product are nulled by the added sugar.
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