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The word Amalaki means “the sustainer”. According to Ayurvedic medicine, Amalaki is helpful for a wide variety of health problems, improving healthy functioning of the liver, heart, brain, and lungs. It's also a component of a popular Ayurvedic herb called Triphala and contains a number of substances that are known to enhance health such as vitamin C and other antioxidants.Amalaki benefits:
Cures hyperlipidemia: Amalaki being rich in antioxidants helps to fight hyperlipidemia (a condition caused by high cholesterol levels) by reducing the oxidative stress and causing free radical cell damage. A 2019 study tested 98 patients who received a 500-mg Amalaki tablet or placebo twice a day. Those who received the Amalaki extract had significantly lower total cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers noted larger studies are needed to help confirm the effectiveness of Amalaki for high cholesterol.
Reference: Upadya H, Prabhu S, Prasad A, Subramanian D, Gupta S, Goel A. A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled, multicenter clinical trial to assess the efficacy and safety of Emblica officinalis extract in patients with dyslipidemia. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2019
Treats diabetes: Amalaki helps protect against diabetic complications by improving the antioxidant status and neutralizing free radicals. It does this by improving the insulin secretion in the body. A 2012 study on diabetic rats found that Amalaki extract improved antioxidant levels, limited free radicals, and reduced the risk of diabetes complications.
Reference: Nain P, Saini V, Sharma S, Nain J. Antidiabetic and antioxidant potential of Emblica officinalis Gaertn. leaves extract in streptozotocin-induced type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) rats. J Ethnopharmacol. 2012
Treats male pattern baldness: Amalaki extract is effective to inhibit the activity of an enzyme called 5α-reductase. It works as a 5α-reductase inhibitor that is sometimes used to treat male-pattern baldness. Researchers have looked at whether Amalaki can help prevent hair loss. One study examined 17 Thai plants commonly used for hair treatment. Of the 17 plants, Amalaki extract was found to be the second most effective to inhibit an enzyme called 5α-reductase.
Reference: Kumar N, Rungseevijitprapa W, Narkkhong N, Suttajit M, Chaiyasut C. 5α-reductase inhibition and hair growth promotion of some Thai plants traditionally used for hair treatment. J Ethnopharmacol. 2012
How amalaki is used in traya?
In traya amalaki is used as one of the main ingredients in hair ras which improves hair texture and prevents premature greying.
Hair Ras: Reduces pitta dosha and improves blood circulation to the follicles. Helps reduce the rate of premature greying in the future.
Hair Ras benefits:
- Stops Hair Fall
- Improves Iron Levels
- Balances Pitta Dosha
- Maintains Hormonal Health
- Rejuvenates Hair Follicles
Recommended: Anyone with grey hair, male pattern baldness, anyone with diabetes and hyperlipidemia.