Amla (or amalaki) is the one of the most widely_used herbs in Ayurveda. Both a food and a medicine, it packs a punch when it comes to some of its elements. It also contains five of the six tastes mentioned in Ayurveda and is the primary ingredient out of 43 herbal ingredients that goes into the making of the popular Ayurvedic rasayana called Chyavanaprash. Amalaki is also one of the three ayurvedic medicinal fruits comprising the ayurvedic digestive and immune support formula Triphala. The Charaka Samhita, which outlines the ingredients of Chyavanaprash, considers amla as the best among all the rejuvenating herbs on Earth.
The botanical name of amla is Emblica officianalis or Phylanthus emblica. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C in nature. It also contains vitamin E and polyphenols. The combination of polyphenols and vitamin C is believed to be what enables it to so effectively fight free radical damage and boost the immune system, helping to keep the body youthful and in good health. Superoxide dismutase, the antioxidant enzyme that fights oxidative stress  is stimulated by this miracle fruit. Several research studies show significant benefits of using this herb in various diseases, a confirmation of Ayurveda’s belief that amla is a panacea for all diseases.