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. Charaka also considers this little sour fruit to be the top herb for delaying the ageing process and recommends it to be taken on a daily basis.
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.
Amla is one of those herbal supplements that balance the tridoshas. The sour taste balances vata, the properties of sweetness and coldness balances pitta while its dryness and astringent properties help to balance kapha.
Due to its high vitamin content and anti-oxidant properties, Amla can be used as a general rejuvinative, to help boost immunity, combat oxidative stress and promote anti-aging. It is generally considered very safe to consume recomended doses as a daily nutritional supplement, with evidence to support its role in aiding the healing process of many common ailments and chronic diseases.
Studies suggest that this herb can also be beneficial for the following:
•Diabetes Mellitus*  
•Stimulates Digestion and Elimination*
•Hepatic Damage  
•Fatty Liver Prevention 
•Peptic Ulcers  
•and Gastritis* 
Cautions and Contraindications:
Amla is very well-tolerated and usually has no side-effects associated even with long-term use. It can be used by children, in pregnancy and in breast-feeding mothers. In rare cases, people with cough and cold could experience slight increase in their symptoms. Excessive consumption (more than four fruits a day) could cause skin dryness in some people as well. Do not use it along with milk as it’s astringent and sour properties curdles milk, possibly leading to some gastric distress. If you need to use both milk and amla, take amla before meals, have your meals and then drink milk. When taking in liquid extract form of amalaki, do not mix it with cold water.
Jiva Botanicals Organic Amla/Amalaki Supplement
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings per Container: 60 Capsule
•Organic Amla Powder 550 mg
•Organic Amla Extract (40%) 50 mg
Suggested Use: 1-2 capsule(s) per day, or as directed by your health practitioner.
This item is cruelty free and contains no animal products. It is safe for consumption for vegetarians and vegans.
Please consult with your healthcare practitioner prior to the use of this product. Keep out of reach of children.
What is amla or amalaki?
Amalaki (amla) is a fruit native to South Asia that is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Used over thousands of years in Ayurveda, it is said to benefit the human body in many therapeutic ways. It is safe to use in children and adults and has no side-effects making it a favorite herb of Ayurvedic physicians. The fruits can be eaten raw, powdered, pickled, or juices extracted from its pulp with no change in benefits. Due to its rejuvenative and anti-ageing properties, it is used in the preparation of various restoratives and rasayanas, the most famous being Chyavanaprasham and Triphala.
What is the recommended dosage of amla and how to use it?
Amla can be eaten as a raw fruit, or as dried pieces, in powder form, in tablet or capsule forms, as a liquid extract or as part of a rasayana (herbal jelly) like Chyavanaprash.
As a raw fruit or as dried pieces, 2-4 fruits a day are optimal. Milk, honey, ghee (clarified butter) are ideal carriers (anupans) for the powdered herb which is taken ¼ teaspoon (125 mg) twice daily. Amla capsules and tablets are a popular alternative to powders owing to the convenience in storage and use, and also the added benefit of scientifically developed concentrated extract forms for increased potency. The usual dose is one to two tablets or capsules twice daily. The liquid amla extract can be taken in the dosage of 5ml diluted in water and taken twice daily. When taken as Chyavanaprash, the dosage is 1-2 teaspoons twice daily with a glass of warm cow’s milk. As it is a rasayana, amla is usually always taken on an empty stomach. Do not use with chilled or aerated liquids.
Are there any side effects of taking an amla supplement?
No, none at all, at least in the therapeutic dosages mentioned in the classical Ayurvedic texts or on the labels of modern amla products. There are only side-benefits associated with its use, and there are quite a few of them.
Which is the best amla supplement?
We are proud of the Ayurvedic supplements we offer at Jiva Botanicals. All of our ingredients are of the highest quality, ethically sourced, organically grown, and free of harmful chemicals and additives. We believe that Jiva Botanicals is in the running for the best amla brand on the market today.
Does amla work?
It is the most used Ayurvedic herb of all-time and with good reason. The ancient culture of South Asia attributed its benefits to its divine origins and the Ayurvedic texts extol its benefits as a rejuvenator and in anti-ageing, which is now being recognized by modern clinical research as well.
Is amla good for hair?
Since ancient times in India, dried fruits were added to oil and kept in the sunlight. This oil was then applied to the hair, enriching it by strengthening the roots, adding luster and gloss to hair, and fortifying hair color. The vitamins and carotenes in the fruits may help to reduce hair loss and is one of the reasons why Ayurvedic physicians recommend its oil to ward off alopecia.
Is amla good for diabetes?
Ayurvedic physicians believe that amla can delay the progression from Type 2 to Type 1 diabetes. Furthermore, they believe that it stimulates the secretion of insulin which in turn leads to a normalization of blood sugar levels. Diabetic neuropathy , nephropathy and retinopathy are complications of diabetes which can benefit by the regular use of this wonderful herb.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.