We just love discovering all-natural remedies that help with so many different aspects of our health and wellness. For example, if you’ve never heard of amla fruit, you should definitely keep reading. The vibrant green berry has been shown to improve liver function, weight loss, hair growth, and more!
Also known as Indian gooseberry, this fruit has been used in traditional Indian cultures for centuries. It’s one of the main ingredients in triphala, an Ayurvedic supplement known to support digestion, gut health, and weight loss. However, it packs a pretty potent list of perks all on its own, too.
First, amla fruit seems to be especially helpful for our livers. An animal study from 2015 found subjects were able to ward off fatty liver disease despite being fed a high-sugar diet. The fruit protected the organ from the issue by promoting certain protein functions. Another animal study from 2017 had similar results and also claimed amla reduced body weight and belly fat. More studies still need to be done with humans, but this is certainly a promising start.
Amla fruit also has incredibly high levels of vitamin C, about 600 to 700 mg in just one small berry. Along with revving up our immune system, it makes the fruit an antioxidant powerhouse that boosts gut health and lowers cholesterol.
A recent study also found that using amla fruit topically on both men and women amped up their rate of hair growth and the density of new strands. Researchers claimed participants showed significant improvements after just three months of applying the extract to their hair and scalp.
Amla fruit is native to India where it can be easily enjoyed as the whole berries or in juice. It’s a bit more difficult to find for the rest of us, but you can grab amla fruit powder (Buy on Amazon, $14.99) and add it to smoothies or mix it with a carrier oil for a DIY hair mask. Reviewers claim the antioxidant-rich ingredient works wonders blended with avocado or yogurt and applied as a face mask, too.
Clearly, this humble berry is amazing for our insides and out!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.