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.