Amla Juice: How To Make? Benefits, Self Made Or Market Juice? Side Effects

Amla – Indian gooseberry can be consumed in many ways. Amla juice is one of the easiest ways to consume it. There are many market available ready made juices but you can prepare it by yourself as well. 

How to prepare amla juice easily from fresh amla:
You need
1. Amla fruit
2. Dry Coconut scraper or just a knife to cut amla into small pieces
5. Mortar and pestle Or a simple crusher
3. Tea filter
4. Big spoon.

Steps involved:
Take one fresh Awla fruit. Wash in water.
Grate it (or scrape it) as you would grate dry coconut using coconut scraper.
This will give you coarse powder of fresh amla fruit.
If you do not have coconut scraper, you can cut amla fruit using a knife into very small pieces.

Take these amla coarse powder in mortar and crush it with pestle. To crush it further. This makes the juice extraction a lot easier.
Take this crushed small pieces of amla in the tea filter.
Press it very hard using the big spoon.
The amla juice will be collected at the bottom of vessel.
You can press the amla powder for 4 – 5 times to extract maximum juice out of it.

When you taste the leftover amla powder after pressing, you can observe that it has lost its all of original taste. This indicates that the crushing and pressing of amla fruit is done well.
It indicates that most of the nutrients of amla are transferred into the juice.
one 15 gram fruit of amla may yield 10-15 ml of amla juice.

What if fresh amla fruit is not available?
As per traditional Ayurvedic reference mentioned in Madhyama Khanda Section, Swarasa chapter of Sharangdhara Samhita, below mentioned herbal tea method can be followed to extract juice, when fresh herb is not available.

One teaspoon (5 grams) of dried amla powder is added with half a cup (100 ml) of water. This is boiled in mild fire and reduced to quarter a cup. Filtered.

Dose of amla juice:
If prepared from fresh fruit, 10-15 ml, once a day.
If prepared from dry powder – herbal tea method, then quarter a cup  or 50 ml per day.
Market available amla juice – 10 – 15 ml, mixed with double quantity of water, once a day before or after food.

Amla – medicinal qualities:
Guna – qualities – Guru – heaviness, Sheeta – coolant
Rasa (taste) – Has five tastes. – sour, sweet, bitter, astringent and pungent (all the five tastes, excluding salt). Sour is dominant taste.
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion): Madhura (sweet)
Veerya (potency): Sheeta (cold)
Effect on Tridosha: Tridoshahara  – It balances all the three Doshas.

Benefits of Amla juice:
It carries all the benefits of Amla fruit:
By the virtue of the sourness it addresses the increased vAta and by the virtue of the cold potency and sweetish taste it appeases the aggravated pitta.
The aggravated kapha gets addressed by the qualities of dryness and astringent taste.

The gooseberry fruits are beneficial in patients with urinary ailments like dysuria and also is wholesome to be consumed as such in patients of prameha.

It relieves the constipated bowels when taken regularly. The gooseberries acts as a tonic in maintaining the vision, physical strength, complexion of skin, and eroticism.

It is one of the intelligence promoter widely used in the form of rasAyana  chikitsa.
The AmalakI is beneficial to the patients with itching sensation, obstinate skin diseases, fever, uncontrolled thirst, burning sensation witjin the channels of the body, anorexia etc.,

The fresh and raw juice fruits of AmalakI is cold in potency, tastier to drink, sweetish in taste, alleviates the kapha doSha, reduces the fever and burning sensation. It promotes the virility and increases the lifespan of the individual when taken in the prescribed format of dosages and rasayana therapy modality.
Read related: Amla Benefits, Dose, Usage, Side Effects – Complete Ayurveda Details

Side effects of amla juice:
In some people, it may cause or worsen dry skin problem and dryness of mouth.
It may worsen cold, cough / asthma in some patients. They can add 1 – 2 grams of ginger / pepper powder to the juice.
It is safe to take self made amla juice during pregnancy, lactation and in children.
Seek your doctor’s advice, for its usage during pregnancy and lactation, if you are using market available product (contains preservatives).

Shelf life of Amla juice: 
Ready made market amla juice such as Patanjali can be stored up to 1 year from the date of manufacturing.
The Amla juice prepared by you needs to be consumed within 6 – 8 hours of time.
If kept in refrigerator (not generally recommended), it can be stored for 1 – 2 days time.

Market available amla juice:
One major disadvantage with market available amla juice is the addition of preservatives.
All ready made amla juice products contain preservatives.
Usually Amla juice is consumed for many months.  So, this poses a minor side effect threat of preservatives on health.
Patanjali amla juice contains Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium sorbate and flavours.
Almost all others contain similar excipients.

Amla juice combination with other herbs:
Patanjali Giloy Amla juice – prepared with Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia – is useful in fever, to improve immunity.
Karela Amla juice – prepared with karela – bitter gourd – useful in diabetes.

Dose of ready made market available amla juice:
5-15 ml, mixed with 10-20 ml of water, once a day.
Some companies may suggest a higher dose than this, but I would not recommend a higher dose than the 5 – 15 ml per day, considering the higher concentration of market juice.

How long amla juice can be taken?
If you are preparing amla juice on your own and if you have not come across any side effects, then amla juice is safe to continue for many months.
If you are using market amla juice, better to take it for 2 months, then give a month gap and then again continue for 2 months and so on.

Amla juice in other remedies:
It is used as ingredient in many remedies such as Amla Turmeric Home Remedy For Urinary Tract Disorders
Amla juice – 10 ml + 1 pinch of turmeric  + 1 pinch of ginger powder is useful in treating cold, cough and allergy.

 


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  1. Druthideep says:

    Thank you so much for such wonderful information with easy preparation recipes.

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