Amla (Emblica Officinalis), also known as Indian Gooseberry or Amla, is a deciduous tree native
to the Indian subcontinent and is a staple in Ayurveda, the ancient medicinal system of healing
and longevity in India. The fruits of the tree are used for the aforementioned ayurvedic
applications, which include treatment for diarrhea, dysentery, infections, and ulcers. Amla's most
notable mention in the ancient ayurvedic texts, however, is as an anti-aging compound. It is used
in Ayurveda as a cardiotonic, aphrodisiac, antipyretic, antidiabetic, cerebral, gastrointestinal, and
rejuvinative tonic. It is also used in the treatment of leukorrhea, artherosclerosis and respiratory
difficulties. Briefly, amla:
• Can increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels by 25%.
• Can reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by 16%.
• Contains 3 times as much protein and 160 times as much vitamin C as an apple on a per-
• Contains 20 times as much vitamin C as an orange on a per-gram basis.
• Cleanses and revitalizes the entire system.
• Regulates blood sugar and prevents lipid peroxidation in cell membranes.
• Increases immunity in the body. Protects against heart and nervous disorders.
• Supports against environmental toxins and stress-related free
• Is a very powerful anti-inflammatory herb. Useful in gastritis and
1) AMLA as a defense against abnormal cholesterol and lipoprotein metabolism:
A number of published, peer-reviewed studies have confirmed amla as an effective modulator of lipoprotein metabolism.
Indeed, there is a strong correlation between lipoprotein dysfunction and the aging process. One Japanese study found that
amla lowered total cholesterol levels by up to 26%, while simultaneously raising levels of PPARalpha (an enzyme that is known
to regulate the transcription of genes involved in lipid and cholesterol metabolism) by 48% in aged laboratory rats. This is an
impressive expression of synergy considering that elevated lipid levels and depressed PPARalpha levels have a strong correl