Amla (Indian Gooseberry) drinks to boost immunity in winters

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Courtesy : The Times of India

01       Drink these amla juice to boost immunity

Amla or Indian Gooseberry is a prized winter superfood that has been known for its extensive nutritive values and health benefits since ancient times. Right from boosting immunity to supporting metabolism and reducing the level of cholesterol to cutting down the risk of chronic diseases, this vitamin C rich food offers a range of health benefits. Amlas are harvested every year in the winter months and it is good to include it in your diet especially at this time to fight cold and flu and the contagious coronavirus. This tiny green fruit is extremely low in calories and fat and is packed with healthy nutrients like vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, manganese and potassium. Eating raw amla is the best way to have this fruit to reap its maximum health benefits. Due to high vitamin C content, these fruits have a citric taste and not everyone enjoys the taste. An easy alternative is to have diluted amla juice. Here are 5 easy amla juices that can help you boost immunity and stay healthy in winters.

02         ​Amla and jeera water

Make your amla juice tasty by using some roasted jeera (cumin) powder in it. Cumin has a hearty, earthy and warm flavour, which can turn your juice tasty. Moreover, small brown seeds are rich in nutrients like iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and manganese and make the drink healthier.

How to make it:

Method 1: Soak a teaspoon of cumin in a glass of warm water overnight. Strain the concoction, add half cup of amla juice in it and drink it.

Method 2: Add half cup of amla juice in a glass of warm water and add some roasted cumin powder in it. Mix the concoction well and drink it.

03        ​Amla-Ginger juice

Ginger is another superfood that is used to combat various health ailments. This herb is packed with a compound called gingerol which is highly effective against cough, sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses.

How to make it:

Add 1-2 chopped amlas, 1 tbsp ginger juice, 3-4 mint leaves and 1 cup of lukewarm water in a blender and blend them properly. Pour it in a glass and add some black pepper and chat masala in it.

04         Amla tea

There is nothing better than sipping a warm cup of tea on cold winters days. Next time try this amla tea, which is much more nutritious and healthy than your regular tea. This tea is loaded with the benefits of amla, ginger and cinnamon. All these three ingredients together can keep you warm and healthy in the cold season.

How to make it:

Take a deep pan and add 1 cup water, 1 crushed amla, 1/2 inch grated ginger and 1/2 inch cinnamon stick in it. Let the water boil for 10 min. Strain it and enjoy your warm tea. You can add 1/2 teaspoon jaggery in it to improve the taste.

05        ​Amla cooler

If you are looking for some cool and refreshing drink then try this sweet and minty amla cooler. It is loaded with the benefits of amla, ginger, mint leaves and some cumin powder.

How to make it:

Add 1 or 2 chopped amla, 1/2 inch ginger, some mint leaves and 1 cup of water in a blender and mix everything well. Pour the drink in a glass and add a tablespoon of honey and a pinch of roasted cumin powder in it.

06        ​The right time to have amla

For maximum benefits, have amla juice every morning on an empty stomach. Do not add more than ½ cup of amla juice in your drink. Also, try to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day.

The green fruits are extremely healthy and have no side effects. However, people taking blood-thinning medicines or those who are about to undergo any surgery must consult their doctor before including amla in their diet. Pregnant, breastfeeding or women trying to conceive should also be cautious before having amla in any form.