Acai captured our hearts in 2008 when we learned it was the new “it” berry that beat blueberries’ antioxidant content by a milestone, and then there was goji, who swept us up in 2009 and 2010 when we learned it contained 19 amino acids and an abundance of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Oh,and let’s not forget camu camu berry, the most abundant source of Vitamin C on the planet (1600 percent DV in 1 teaspoon) that we learned about in 2011 and 2012.
Berries have been good to us, especially those with superfood powers, which can easily be added to smoothies or any kind or even raw desserts and a simple bowl of breakfast porridge. But like most health foods, there’s always a new one around the corner to show the last one up. Not to push the older discoveries out of the way, but more so to show us we’re never without nutritious foods to support our health.
The latest berry to sweep up the superfood status is one that’s been around for a couple of years but is just now stealing the hearts of its primary audience: women. Amla berries are one of the best and most abundantly nutritious berries that women can eat. While you can’t pick up a pint at the supermarket like you can a container of strawberries, what you can do is consume them in a superfood powder form, much like camu camu berry powder.
Meet Amla Berries: Nutrient Packed, Hormone-Friendly, Anti-Cancer
Also known as Indian gooseberries, used in Ayurvedic medicine, amla berries are packed with high amounts of Vitamin C and anti-cancer properties. Michael Greger from NutritionFacts.org even says they were found to be potent anti-diabetic berries to compete with diabetic drugs targeted at lowering blood sugar.
They’re also extremely beneficial at balancing women’s hormones, primarily estrogen, which when out of balance can create depression, erratic moods, and sugar/high fat food cravings. Since dairy intake can promote excess estrogen in the body, plant-based foods like amla berries can help balance levels to optimal levels. (All berries contain the ability to excrete excess estrogen in the body, which is one reason they’re so highly recommended.)
But Wait, There’s More!
Amla berries are also beneficial to those suffering ill digestion such as hormone-related IBS and constipation. Containing high amounts of Vitamin C, amla berries provide optimal support for the bowels while also providing a calming sense that lowers IBS-related symptoms and anxiety. According to NutritionFacts.org, amla berries also contain ” cough-, fever-, pain-, stress-, and diarrhea-suppressing effects.” They also protect the liver, kidneys, and nerves.
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Here’s the kicker: amla berries aren’t the sweetest berry, so don’t expect the taste of that of a strawberry or blueberry. They have a tart, tangy taste, almost like camu camu and goji berries, but with a slightly sour aftertaste. If you used to love sour candy as a kid, you’ll likely enjoy amla berry powder. You can buy the superfood powder online, since it’s not available in most health food stores yet. It is also found in some superfood blends, or vitamins catered to women’s wellness needs such as multivitamins and natural hormone supplements.
What About Men?
Men can also benefit from using amla berries occasionally since estrogen dominance also affects many men and causes hormonal issues. Amla berries won’t deplete a woman’s natural estrogen levels but can combat both men and women’s intake of oestrogens found in our toxic environment, or that we encounter from some foods, beauty products, and other household products. Since amla berries provide possible anti-cancer benefits, anyone can use them and likely feel good they’re doing their body well.
How to Use:
Use about a teaspoon of amla berry powder in a smoothie, stir it into oatmeal, or make raw treats (like bites or granola bars) with it. No matter how you use it, you really can’t go wrong. Share it with all your friends and family, and see how this new super berry works for you.
To learn more about amla berries, check out the video below by Michael Greger at NutritionFacts.org.
Have you ever had amla berry powder or whole amla berries?
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