Amla also called as Indian gooseberry is a nutrient rich fruit well known for its many health benefits and medicinal uses. But like with any ingredient it is very important that we get to know its side effects too.
Fortunately amla has a long usage history so it’s safety is well established. Amla in any form be it fresh amla or amla juice has very few side effects and can be consumed for long durations of time but try to consume the correct amount.
Usually one to two fresh amla and a cup of amla juice per day will be good. If you are taking amla powder, start with half teaspoon a day and increase the dosage once your body gets used to it. If you are taking amla tablets, follow the instructions given in the bottle as the dosage per capsule can vary from brand to brand.
Amla hair oil, hair packs and face packs can be used regularly for long durations of time without any side effects. The face packs and hair packs can be used weekly twice or thrice and amla hair oil can be used every single day.
During acute toxicity study, amla extract was administered at the doses of 250, 500 and 1000 mg/kg once daily to different group of rats and it caused no death nor any side effects till the end of the study which extended for 3 weeks. This shows there is no death even at very very large doses of amla consumption and very less adverse effects.
4 Worst Amla Juice Side Effects We Should Know
1. Drug interactions:
Amla has antiplatelet properties so it can thin the blood and prevent blood clotting. If you are taking blood thinner medications please consult a physician before taking amla in any form.
Amla helps lower blood sugar levels so if you are a diabetic please be careful about consuming both amla and diabetic medications together as it can drastically lower blood sugar levels. This is especially important if you’re taking amla in large doses like in the form of amla juice every single day.
2. Body Coolant
Amla is a natural body coolant and drinking amla juice helps bring down the body temperature so if you are suffering from cold or cough, stop consuming amla juice for a few days. However if you want to consume amla when you have a cold, you can consume it dried or you can also consume pickled amla too.
Like with any ingredient, few people might be allergic to amla. A person with amla allergy might experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, breathlessness, itching, rashes, headache and dizziness if they consume amla. If you experience any of these symptoms, please consult a doctor and stop taking amla.
4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Amla is a vitamin c rich fruit and though it helps with many gastric problems, it might cause stomach irritation for people who are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. If you have IBS, I would suggest consuming it in between meals instead of in empty stomach, this will greatly help reduce stomach irritation.
Tips To Avoid Side Effects:
- Never overconsume amla juice, a cup a day is good.
- If you are suffering from any underlying health conditions please consult a doctor before consuming amla juice in large doses on a regular basis.
- Amla is widely used for hair and skin care and it rarely causes any problems unless you are allergic to it.
- If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned under amla allergy kindly stop consuming amla juice.
- If you are suffering from cold and headache don’t consume amla juice.
Dear Ramya, Thanks for this recipe. Approax. how many days will I have to keep them in sunlight to get them dried? I have seen dried amlas which are called "Avaala supari" in the small grocery shops. But its colour is dark black/brown. But your dried amlas have the same colour of amla i.e. green colour. So I would like to know whether what I have seen (black colour dried amlas) are sun-dried for even more longer time…which made them turn that dark colour? Please tell me how many days did you keep them in sunlight to get it dried. And also about the difference between the colour of amlas (dark black and your amla-green colour). I actually loved your dried amla colour. I am actually living in a flat and don't have sunlight access and I doubt I will dry them well keeping them near the window. I am really missing to try all of your wonderful recipes which include sunlight requirement. Thanks again for this simple yet healthy recipe.
Hi, I sun dried it for two days, as I did this recipe in peak summer. I think what you are referring to is called nelli mulli in Tamil, we use it for oil preparations and hair packs. As far as I know, it is just plain amlas dried till crisp, but I don't know the exact process of making it…..
Madam,Wish u& yr family a very happy new year.Thanks for the recipe. Its too simple yet healthy.
Thank you and wish you the same…:)
This is very useful recipe; please continue the good work !!
please tell how to use oven to dry amala
To use oven for drying the amla, spread the amla pieces over foil lined baking tray and bake at 180 centigrade till the moisture evaporates. If your oven has fan, the amla pieces will dry out evenly…
can we use freez to dry amala in defreezer section it gets solid like stone and when we put it in open air all saturated water comes out we get soft amala but I don't know how to dry it does anybody idea about it
Press the amlas using a soft towel to remove the moisture then dry it either under bright sunlight or in an oven……
Hi, I dried half kg amla into sunlight by just washing and cutting them into pieces. But now it's one week and I can see some black part there seems Luke fungus. Are they of no use now? It is happening 2nd time I don't know what's wrong there.
If fungus has formed, I am afraid you have to throw it away. If you add the correct amount of salt and the lemon juice, it will not develop fungus. Another tip is after the first day of sun drying, turn the pieces around that way there is no moisture left in the pieces to develop fungus….
Thanku so much for the reply. Next time I will take care of this.
Can I use this dry Amla preserve it in honey n use as Amla in honey
I guess you can but I think it will be too salty. Maybe reduce the salt content a bit while drying the amlas and then add them to honey for preserving….
Hi mam, I am an asthma patient.Please tell me that this is good for me or not. .
Asthma patients can consume this dried amla and it is very very good for you…:)
How much can be eaten in a day? Approx 1 amla. I tried a small batch with 5-6 amlas and found myself eating it up even before it has dried out in the sun. Its so yummy 🙂 Also can we use rock salt instead of table salt. Do you have any recipe with sugar which can be sundried. I read one in which sugar, salt, black salt and black pepper was used and it was left out in the sun to dry. Any idea how it will taste? Am planning to make a small batch soon.
You can use rock salt too, just powder it in dry mixer before adding to the amla. I have not tried with sugar yet, I am sure the mixture you mentioned will taste good, give it a try. But be careful with the amount of black salt, it can be too overpowering. Try and tell me how it comes out…:)
I tried a small batch with sugar, salt, black salt and black pepper. It too tasted good. however I found myself having slight acidity after eating it. Do not know if it was a coincidence or maybe I put in too much black salt/pepper?
For some people citrus fruits cause acidity if had in an empty stomach, especially if had along with spices. Try having it in between meals and reduce the spices a bit…
Please, could you tell when have mixture black pepper/salt ? Means after dry it or before.
I would suggest adding the ingredients before sun drying as the moisture in the fresh amlas will help the black pepper and salt stick to it…
Thanks for the recipe Ramya. Will definitely try it out. Amla pieces mixed with jeera powder (cumin seed's powder), salt and pepper will also be a good combination. After mixing everything it should be sun dried properly. Amount of ingredients depend upon individual's taste. ☺
Hi Dear,Could you please tell the method drying fresh amla if there is not enough sunny days. I am gonna use the powder of dried amla for washing hair.
Hello, you can also dry amlas in OTG oven but make sure to turn them midway so the bottom part gets dried up. If you have a dehydrator, you can use it too..
I want to buy mortar and pestle exactly like the one you have it in your blog post " How to dry Amla at home in the sun". Would you please let me know where can i find such a product? I live in Bangalore. Do they sell online? Please advise. Thank you.
I am glad you liked the mortar and pestle 🙂 but it is actually quite old and was passed on to me by my mother in law. Lately I haven't seen mortar and pestles shaped like it. I am sorry, I haven't bought mortar and pestles online so I don't know whether it is available online….
I dont know if i m too late to reply and you have already bought one. But yes the mortar and pestle is available online. I got one and its pretty good.http://www.amazon.in/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dkitchen&field-keywords=halo+nation+mortar+and+pestle&rh=n%3A976442031%2Ck%3Ahalo+nation+mortar+and+pestle
great method it's working fine mam 🙂 new year 2016
How many pieces of dry amala should I mix in a glass of water?
You don't have to mix dry amla in water. I prefer to snack on these dried amlas as it is.
If i dried the amla in sunlight then how to reduce the dust which is stick to the anwla…
I usually cover the amlas with a thin mesh while sun drying and this prevents dust from settling on top…
are the health benefits same if we dry the Amla in sun or oven
Yes they are the same whether amla is dried in the oven or under sunlight…
How long does dried amla last? I have bought packets that are now about 1 year old. Do you think they are still good. They look fine and smell fine.
Dried amlas actually last well for about a year. If they look and smell good, you can use them…..
Hello i m newcomer and my question is which Month amla available in market….and we dry amla with out lemon and salt in microwave…
Amla is available from October To April in India. I don't use microwave at home so I don't know how dried amla will turn out in the microwave….
How to dry Aamla for the purpose of washing hair, is it better to purchase Aamla powder instead ?
To dry amla for washing hair, don't add salt. Just break the amla pieces into very small pieces and sun dry till very crisp. There should be no moisture left at all. Dry grind in a mixer, sieve and store in the refrigerator…
Hi Ramya, do you know approximately how much of salt and lemon juice i should use? Secondly, can dried amla soaked in hot water to drink the water at later stage, if yes how long it needs to be soaked in hot water?rgdsMohaan
Hi DearCan i freeze amla pieces in refrigerator without salt & lemon..just like we refrigerate peas,etc.,plz suggest☺
Just a suggestion to all those drying amlas -to help in removing the seeds, microwave the amlas for a couple of minutes. The segments then easily open up and the seed can be removed. Also when the sun goes down, I put the thali in the fridge. This way there will be no fungus.
An additional comment -I don't use any salt or sugar being a BP patient. They dry just fine and taste natural.
i tried drying amla in shade but today i saw fungus on them…can i use this for external use like hair…or shall i throw them….
Any possiblity make dried amla to powder then mix with 1 Spoon with honey to eat