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Saturday, June 20, 2009


In Malay it is known as buah kedondong. It is known as Ambla in Penang. Amla fruit, often referred to as Indian gooseberry, is one of the richest known sources of vitamin C it contains 30 times the amount found in oranges making it useful for treating throat and respiratory tract infections.. It is regarded as sacred by Indian and Tibetan healers who believe it has special anti-ageing and immune enhancing properties. Traditionally, healers have used the dried fruit to help overcome a wide range of problems like indigestion, fever, liver problems and anaemia. Not only is amla fruit revered by Ayurvedic (ancient Indian) practitioners, extensive research is revealing that it is beneficial in preventing and treating many conditions including stress, hay fever, arthritis, cataracts, and even cancer. Amla is proving a useful tool in the fight against cancer Chinese researchers have discovered that amla fruit is a rich source of therapeutic chemicals, including quercetin (which is also found in apples), gallic and ellagic acids (found in green tea), and other less well-known ones such as chebulinic acid, chebulagic acid, corilagin, and isostrictiniin (Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2003 Oct;28(10):940-3). All of these chemicals are powerful antioxidants, which help protect you from harmful free radicals that can increase the risk of a wide range of serious diseases including cancer.

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