It is not easy to tuck in a piece of raw amla and keep a straight face immediately after. You can try it, we’ll wait.  The Indian gooseberry is infamous for its bitter-pungent taste, but it is also renowned for way too many health benefits which makes it a commonplace in Indian households. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian discipline regards amla as one of the most reliable ‘healing foods’, thus it comes as little surprise that this crunchy, green berry finds its way in so many kadhas and concoctions. From building immunity, to skincare and hair care- amla has been one of our most trusted home remedies all these years. The dense nutrient profile of this fruit makes it incredible for immunity, weight loss, and diabetes management. The antioxidants present in the bitter fruit, also helps give you supple skin by fighting free radical activity. Here are some benefits of amla that will make you sit up and take notice of this Indian superfood: 
1.  Treasure of vital nutrients: Amla is a powerhouse of nutrients. They are sufficiently loaded with vitamin C, E, A, iron and flavanols, all of which helps boost your overall health.   
2. Diabetes control: If you happen to be a diabetic or a prediabetic, including amla to your diet could be a prudent choice. The bright green, bitter fruit is a good source of soluble fibre that slows down digestion, and thus potential risk of blood sugar spike. It has also been proven effective for improved lipid counts in people with type 2 diabetes. 
3. Weight loss: The fruit is so low in calories and high in nutrition that it could become the best addition to your weight-loss diet. The fibre in amla helps improve your digestion too, and improved digestion is known to speed up weight loss.   


4. Immunity: About half a cup of amla could provide a whopping 300 mg of vitamin C. It is also said that amla contains 20 times more vitamin C than oranges. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals that are responsible for impaired immunity. Amla also contains a good amount of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.   
5. Skincare: Vitamin C helps boost production of collagen. Free radical damage is also linked with sagging, dull-lifeless skin, the antioxidants in amla helps combat the action and keep your skin taut and young. You can drink amla juice daily, or make facepacks including amla 
6. Hair: Many Ayurvedic or herbal shampoos comprise the goodness of amla, reetha and shikakai. All three of them are known to strengthen the roots and prevent hair-falla nd damage. You can make a hair mask including the Indian gooseberry and other potent herbs and ingredients.  
7. Good for heart: The flavanols present in amla are excellent for protecting heart and boost heart health naturally. 
8. Effective cure for constipation: Fibre helps regulate bowel movements. It provides bulk to your stool so that it passes easily from the tracts.  
 These and many more reasons should make amla a part of your diet today!