Familiar name: Amalaki, Indian gooseberry Latin name: Emblica officinalis Sanskrit name: Amalaki
Dr. Oz and Deepak Chopra recently discussed one of the most powerful antioxidants in Ayurveda - Amalaki. Learn why it?s critical to your health and how you can get more in your daily diet. Amalaki is considered the best herbal medicine for rejuvenation in Ayurveda. It can be used alone or in combination with many other herbs. The basis of the most famous Ayurvedic herbal jam, Chavan Prash, amalaki is considered capable of aiding in reversing the aging process. From a taste standpoint, it is among the most complex edible substances, possessing five of the six basic flavors (lacking only the salty taste). Native to the forests of India, amalaki is valued throughout Nepal, Tibet and the Middle East. Amalaki is one of the richest natural sources of antioxidant vitamins, with its juice possessing almost twenty times as much vitamin C as orange juice. It has wide traditional uses, including the treatment of skin diseases, lung conditions, diabetes and indigestion. It is one of the three ingredients of triphala, the most important Ayurvedic bowel tonic.
Botanical and Phytochemical Information
Amalaki fruits are obtained from the Emblica officinalis tree that grows in tropical and subtropical climates. The fruit are less than an inch in diameter and have a segmented appearance. Yellowish brown when fresh, the fruit turns nearly black as it dries. There is almost one gram of vitamin C in a half-cup of amalaki juice. Small amounts of calcium, potassium, iron and B vitamins are also present in the amalaki fruit. Many different tannins as well as pectin are constituents of amalaki.
The Science of Amalaki
Amalaki?s traditional role as a rejuvenating herbal medicine has been studied in two major health areas: cancer and heart disease. Studies in animals have suggested that amalaki may slow the development and growth of cancer cells. In a study from India, mice given a known cancer-causing chemical along with amalaki had significantly fewer harmful genetic changes than those given the carcinogen alone. Amalaki has also been shown to reduce genetic mutations in bacteria exposed to substances that have been identified to cause cancer. An herbal jam made with amalaki called MAK-4 has been studied in several animal models. In one study it was found to inhibit cancerous changes induced by a toxic chemical. In another it was found to reduce both the number of size of metastatic cancerous lesions. The relevance of these reports to human cancers remains to be clarified but the preliminary results are encouraging. The other major area of scientific interest in amalaki is its role in the lowering of serum cholesterol levels. Several studies in rabbits have shown that amalaki is effective in reducing blood cholesterol values and the deposition of fat into blood vessels. In a study in rabbits amalaki reduced serum cholesterol levels by over 80 percent. This cholesterol lowering effect is applicable to human beings as well. Men whose diet was supplemented with amalaki for one month demonstrated lowering of their serum cholesterol levels, whether or not their cholesterol was elevated before they began taking the amalaki.9 Other studies have suggested that amalaki-based supplements can reduce the harmful oxidation of cholesterol in men. It may also decrease the stickiness of platelets, lowering the risk of unwanted blood clotting. There are other potential therapeutic effects of amalaki that have received preliminary scientific attention. Amalaki has been traditionally used in the treatment of heartburn and one report has provided some support for this use. It also has a reputation for the treatment of liver and pancreatic conditions and in one animal study, amalaki was able to reduce the extent of tissue damage caused by experimental pancreatitis. Although amalaki has classically been recommended in the treatment of diabetes mellitus, there has been no scientific research to evaluate these uses. Studies have shown that amalaki does have antibiotic activity against a wide range of bacteria, possibly explaining its traditional role in the treatment of lung infections.
The Practical Use of Amalaki
Amalaki forms the basis of the premier Ayurvedic rejuvenative jam, traditionally known as Chavan Prash (Biochavan), named after the doctor who developed the formula thousands of years ago. We recommend this mixture of amalaki fruit with many other tonic herbs for people recovering from illness as well as those seeking rejuvenation. A teaspoon twice daily is the usual dosage either taken straight or mixed in juice or warm milk. Amalaki is also readily available in triphala, the gentle Ayurvedic bowel tonic that can be helpful in people with chronic constipation as well as those with irritable bowel syndrome. Mixed with shatavari, fennel and turmeric it can be effective in reducing hyperacidity. As a cholesterol agent amalaki combines well with guggulu. This same combination may be helpful in diabetes, rheumatic conditions and liver ailments.
How to use
As a component of triphala, amalaki represents one-third of a typical half-gram tablet. The usual dose to improve colon function is one to two grams daily in divided doses. As a treatment for elevated cholesterol begin with one gram twice daily. In the form of amalaki herbal jam a teaspoon morning and evening will provide you with a good dose of this potent herbal antioxidant.
Ayurveda and Amalaki
Although the sweet taste predominates in amalaki, its complex nature makes it appropriate for all three doshas. Because it is a rich rasayana, whenever possible it is advisable to first undergo a period of detoxification before taking amalaki. It is traditionally considered to be rejuvenating for Pitta imbalances, strengthening the liver, stomach and heart and blood.
Precautions Due to its laxative qualities it should be used carefully in people with a tendency toward loose bowels. Many herbal jam formulations of amalaki have high concentrations of sugar and clarified butter (ghee). Chavan Prash should therefore be used carefully by people with diabetes and high cholesterol; without the sugar and ghee amalaki is considered helpful for these conditions.
"The Chopra Center for Wellbeing endorses Zrii as a high quality, reliable formulation of the rejuvenative fruit Amalaki (Emblica officinalis). Over 100 scientific studies suggest that this fruit, which has been held in high esteem by Ayurvedic doctors for millennia, has measurable health benefits. The Chopra Center has been encouraging a daily dose of Amalaki for over a decade. Zrii provides a balanced, pleasing, and concentrated source of this nutritive food.?
What is Deepak Chopra?s involvement in Zrii? Deepak Chopra M.D. is not formally involved with Zrii nor is he a partner or founder of Zrii. He has known Bill Farley, Zrii?s CEO, for many years. Dr. Chopra and Dr. Simon, The Chopra Center co-founders, introduced Bill to Amalaki and Ayurveda. At that point, Bill and his team worked with the Chopra Center to develop Zrii, the original Amalaki liquid nutritional drink.
What is the Chopra Center?s involvement in Zrii? The Chopra Center for Wellbeing endorses Zrii. For those who consider themselves a part of the Chopra Center community and would like to build a Zrii business, we will connect you with a hand selected and trained Zrii distributor. Recognizing the quality and integrity of Zrii, we believe that it is an important addition to the Chopra Center?s lifestyle offerings.
What?s in Zrii? In Ayurveda, the Amalaki fruit is widely considered to be the most rejuvenating super-fruit. For over 5,000 years, Ayurveda has valued Amalaki for its rejuvenating, vitality-enhancing, and anti-aging properties.
Scientifically formulated with a blend of Amalaki and synergistic herbs, Zrii is an effective nutritional drink that is rooted in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Created with pomegranate, pear, and grape juice, Zrii is rich in antioxidants, free-radical scavenging polyphenols, and bio-stable Vitamin C.
Zrii?s proprietary amalaki formulation also contains the following rejuvenating and detoxifying herbs:
Turmeric - Improves circulation, digestion, and reduces inflammation
Tulsi - Improves digestion and intestinal health
Ginger- Improves digestion, absorption, and assimilation
Haritaki- Serves as a mild-detoxifier
Schizandra- Has antioxidant and detoxifying effects
Jujube- Protects the digestive system and has mild rejuvenating effects
What is the business opportunity that Zrii offers? Zrii gives people the possibility to supplement their income or have financial freedom. Each person can choose to build a part- or full- time Zrii business. People who choose to build a business with Zrii are ?independent contractors,? which means that they legitimately own their own businesses.
How can I become a Zrii independent executive?Complete this request for Zrii Information confirming your interest. Within the next couple of weeks, we will send you the necessary information about how to participate in this new endeavor.
What do I do if I am contacted by a Zrii Independent Exucitve after I have already been introduced to Zrii through the Chopra Center Referral Program? Kindly let them know that you have been in previous contact with the Chopra Center and have been placed into the Chopra Center referral program, awaiting contact by a Zrii Independent Executive that is qualified to participate in this program.
Can people purchase the product from the Chopra Center without becoming a distributor? Yes.
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