The amla, otherwise known as an Indian Gooseberry, is a sour plant about the size of a plum. The health benefits of an amla, which include high levels of vitamin C and the ability to alleviate constipation, are a good reason to include amla in your daily diet. If you don’t enjoy the taste of amla, you can prepare a drink with amla powder supplement and take it daily to receive the health benefits of the plant.

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Consuming Raw Amla

Wash the amla under a stream of room temperature water. Remove any dirt or grease on the surface of the amla.

Cut the amla into manageable sizes. There is a small pit in the middle of the amla you must remove.

Sprinkle a small bit of sugar onto the amla slices. Eat the amla slices with a fork or your fingers. Avoid dripping the juice on any other surface than the plate.

Consuming Amla Powder Supplement

Heat a glass of milk in the morning. Once your milk is hot enough to scald, add 1 tablespoon of honey to it.

Measure out 2 milligrams of amla supplement powder. Pour the powder into the hot milk and stir it until you no longer see clumps of powder floating on the surface of the milk.

Blow on the milk until it reaches a temperature that will not scald you. Drink the entire glass of warm milk to get all the benefits of the supplement powder.


  • If you don’t like raw amla or the powder supplement form, consider pickling it instead. Pickled amla is a traditional Indian meal called Usirikaya Uragaya.

  • Add more honey to your warm milk if you want a sweeter taste.