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Sources of Natural Vitamin C

AmlaAmla supplements are in growing demand now a days. The reason the search for perfect source of natural vitamin C leads to this wonderful nature's gift. This fresh juice of Amla fruits can yield upto 800 to 1500 mg of natural vitamin C per 100 grams.

The laboratory analysis of our Amla juice confirms the natural vitamin C content of between 625 to 930 mg per 100 ml. That means 10 ml of Amla juice provides 62.5 mg to 93 mg. 2 tablespoonfuls are sufficient enough for people to maintain healthy life style and 10-20 ml is recommended twice daily for patients suffering from debilitating run down health conditions like cancers, diabetes, blood pressure, chemotherapy, stress, anxiety and depression.

Government recommended daily intakes of Vitamin C or Daily requirement of Vitamin C

Recommendations for vitamin C intake have been set by various national agencies:

  • 75 milligrams per day: the United Kingdom's& Food Standards Agency
  • 45 milligrams per day: the World Health Organization
  • 90 mg/day (males) and 75 mg/day (females): Health Canada 2007
  • 60-95 milligrams per day: United States' National Academy of Sciences.

The United States defined Tolerable Upper Intake Level for a 25-year-old male is 2,000 milligrams per day.

Vitamin C Megadoses - For Optimum health, many reasearchers believe that the Recommended dosage of Vitamin C by various government organizations is not suitable. They say this can be the dosage for prevention of mere scurvy or other disease but for optimum health the requirement of the body is much higher.

Researchers Stone and Pauling believed that the optimum daily requirement of vitamin C is around 2,300 milligrams for a human requiring 2,500 kcal a day. Pauling criticized the established RDA as sufficient to prevent scurvy, but not necessarily the dosage for optimal health.[110]

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin and it is not stored in the body. It is important to consume it on everyday basis in diet.

Here is a table explaining content on natural vitamin C in various natural resources - fruits:

Most of the information is from the USDA Nutrient database for standard reference. There is occasional wide variation in results between different investigators. For example, the USDA Nutrient database lists fresh Jujube at 69 mg vitamin C in every 100 mg flesh, where investigators at the University of California listed around 500 mg/100 grams. In the case of jujube, this may be caused because the fruit increase in vitamin C content with maturation, or it may be that different varieties tested have different levels, or a combination of both. Generally far more important than ripening and storage effects, is the effect of the variety of fruit. In some fruits, the amount vitamin C varies between different varieties of the same species. The tropical guava, Psidium guajava, is regarded as an excellent source of vitamin C, but there is great variation in vitamin C levels amongst the various cultivated varieties. For example, the variety 'Donaldson' has 372 mg/100 grams of flesh, but the variety 'Supreme' has only 44 mg/100 gms (some South African pink guava cultivars grown for the canning industry are said to have an astonishing 400 mg/100 gms!). Again, for mangoes, the varieties 'Pirie' and 'Haden' are only 'fair' sources, where other varieties are 'excellent' sources of natural vitamin C.

The current (1989) recommended daily allowance (RDA) for an adult is 60 milligrams per day (this is based on the amount of vitamin C needed to prevent clinical scurvy and provide body stores sufficient to prevent scurvy for around 30 days, plus "a margin of safety").

Pregnant and lactating women are regarded as needing more than this. Some people claim that the optimum intake is 500 mg per day. Recent test on healthy males clearly show 200mg per day is required to maintain tissues at full saturation, but without excreting vitamin C. Women have not been tested. At April 1999, it is being 'officially' recommended, based on new information, that the RDA ought to be changed to 120 milligrams per day. The daily intake for hard working men / labourers would be much higher.

Nutritionists generally regard any 'serving' of food that provides 10% to 25% of the daily vitamin C need in a relatively low calorie package as a 'good' source. The serving size most of us choose is pretty uniform - most of us would eat one apple, half an avocado in a salad, half a medium sized tomato as part of a salad, one banana, a slice of melon, and so on. On this basis, some fruits, such as kiwifruit, are quite outstanding, in that they provide more than the RDA in one relatively small fruit. Other fruits, such as oranges, are both very good sources and are also cheap, and pack in a lunch without crushing or leaking. So their importance is much greater than their vitamin C content alone would suggest.

Vitamin C is an important anti-oxidant, helps protect against cancers, heart disease, stress, it is part of the cellular chemistry that provides energy, it is essential for sperm production, and for making the collagen protein involved in the building and health of cartilage, joints, skin, and blood vessels. Vitamin C helps in maintaining a healthy immune system, it aids in neutralizing pollutants, is needed for antibody production, acts to increase the absorption of nutrients (including iron) in the gut, and thins the blood. Just to mention its most important functions.

Any fruit, or natural portion (e.g. slice of melon, or a handful of berries) in the chart below which has from 6 to 15 milligrams of vitamin C and is not highly packed with sugars is regarded as a 'good' source. Some very sweet fruit, such as apples, can be regarded as fairly good sources because they have more than 6 milligrams a serving, but not much more. Some very acid fruit, for example Surinam cherry, have 'good' absolute levels in the flesh, but are both small and unpalatable, so only one or two would ever be eaten at any one time. Therefore they are ranked lower than more acceptable fruit of a similar size and vitamin C content

Any fruit, or natural portion (e.g. slice of melon, or a handful of berries) that gives from about 15 milligrams to about 30 milligrams can be considered a 'very good' source of vitamin C.

When a fruit or natural portion (e.g. slice of melon, or a handful of berries) has more than about 30 milligrams per serving, it is an 'excellent' source of Vitamin C.

Obviously, when a single serving supplies a lot better than the current RDA of vitamin C, it is an 'exceptional' source, at least in my view!

Amla berries or Indian goosberry is one of the richest source of natural vitamin C. 100 gm juice may fetch upto1500 mg of Vitamin C.

Fruit Latin name Mg Vitamin C/100 grams Mg Vitamin C per Average Size Fruit/Slice* Ranking
**Amla Emblica officinalis 1200-1500 120 Exceptional*
Apple Malus sylvestris 6 8 Fairly good
Apricot Prunus armeniaca 10 4 -
Apricot, canned Prunus armeniaca 3 2 -
Asian pear Pyrus serotina 4 5 -
Avocado Persea americana 8 16 Fairly good
Banana Musa X paradisiaca 9 11 Good
Babaco Carica pubescens x stipulata forma 'pentagona' 21 to 32 21 to 32 Very good
Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus 1 0.01*(estim) -
**Baobab Adonsonia digitata 150 to 499 100 Exceptional
Breadfruit Artocarpus altilis 29 28* Very good
Blackberry Rubus sp. 6 0.6(estim) -
Blackcurrant Ribes nigrum 155 to 215 1.5 to 2*(estim.) Excellent
Blueberry Vaccinium sp 1.3 to 16.4 no data* -
Carambola Averrhoa carambola 21 19 Very good
Casimiroa Casimiroa edulis 30 15* Very good
Crabapple Malus sp. 8 2 (estim.) -
Cherimoya Annona cherimola 9 10* Fairly good
Custard apple Annona reticulata 19 no data Very good
Feijoa Feijoa sellowiana 25 13 Good
Feijoa Feijoa sellowiana cv. 'Mammoth' 31 16 Very good
Feijoa Feijoa sellowiana cv.'Triumph' 27 14 Food
Fig Ficus carica 2 1 -
Grape, slip skin Vitis spp 4 .01 -
Grape, european Vitis vinifera 11 .60 Good*
Grapefruit Citrus paradisi 34 44* Excellent
**Guava, Cattley Psidium cattleianum 37 2 Very good*
Guava, tropical Psidium guajava 183 165 Exceptional
**Java plum Syzgium cumini 14 ..42 -
Jujube Ziziphus jujuba 500 no data Exceptional*
**Kei apple Dovyalis caffra 117 17 Excellent*
KiwanoTM Cucumis metuliferus 0.5 0.5 -
Kiwifruit, green Actinidia deliciosa 98 74 Exceptional
Kiwifruit, yellow Actinidia chinensis 120 to 180 108 to 162 Exceptional
Lemon juice Citrus limon 46 3* -
Lime juice Citrus aurantifolia 29 1* -
Longan Dimocarpus longan 84 3* Good
Loquat Eriobotrya japonica 1 .5 -
Lychee Litchi chinensis 72 7* Very good
Mango Mangifera indica 28 57 Excellent
**Marula Sclerocarya birrea 68 60(estim) Excellent
Medlar Mespilus germanica 0.3 0.15(estim) -
Melon, cantaloupe Cucumis melo 42 29* Very good
Melon, honeydew Cucumis melo 25 20* Very good
**Muntingia Muntingia calabura 80 4*(estim) Excellent
**Natal plum Carissa macrocarpa 38 8 Good
Orange Citrus sinensis 53 70 Excellent
Opuntia cactus Opuntia spp. 23 no data Very good
Papaya Carica papaya 62 47* Excellent
**Pawpaw/Asimina Asimina triloba 14 28(estim) Good
Passionfruit, purple Passiflora edulis 30 5 -
Peach Prunus persica 7 6 -
Peach, canned Prunus persica 3 3 -
Pear Pyrus communis 4 7 -
**Persimmon, American Diospyros virginiana 66 13*(estim.) Excellent
Persimmon, Oriental Diospyros kaki 40 40*(estim.) Excellent
Pineapple Ananus comosus 15 13 Good
Plum Prunus sp 10 6 Fairly good
Quince Cydonia oblonga 15 15 Good
Raspberry Rubus spp. 25 .5 -
Raspberry Rubus spp. 23 to 32 0.7 to 1* Very good
Redcurrant Ribes sativum 58 to 81 0.58 to 0.81*(estim) Good
**Surinam cherry Eugenia uniflora 26 2 -
Sapodilla Manilkara zapota 15 25 Very good
Strawberry Fragaria x ananassa 57 7* Very good
Tangerine/Mandarin Citrus reticulata 31 26 Very good
Tamarillo, red Cyphomandra betaceae 40 40 Excellent
Tamarillo, red Cyphomandra betaceae 31 22 Very good
Tamarillo, yellow Cyphomandra betaceae 33 30 Very good
Tamarillo, yellow Cyphomandra betaceae 31 22 Very good
Tomato Lycopersicon sp 19 23 Very good
Watermelon Citrullus lanatus 10 27 Very good

*The values are for one whole fruit, but no one (that I would want to know) eats a whole medium sized watermelon at a sitting, so for these larger fruit the value is for a slice, a 'slice' being, very generally, about an eighth of a medium sized fruit, or a quarter of a 'smaller' fruit.

In the particular case of lemon and lime, the 'slice' value is juice of one wedge. For a few small fruit, such as Kei apple, the ranking is adjusted upward where the fruit mg/100 gram analysis shows it has large amounts of vitamin C, but the small size of the fruit gives it a lower per fruit vitamin C content. You are likely to eat more than one at a serving. In the case of tiny fruit, like red or black currants, a lot more, but probably still only 20-30 raw fruit, especially if they are a bit acid.

Planet Ayurveda is known for Quality Natural Supplements made from Amla fruit which is the richest source of natural vitamin C

Herbal Supplements made from Amla fruit

Ayurveda has recommended Amla as best rasayana herb i.e. best anti-ageing supplement which can be consumed by people from all age groups, diseased or healthy individual, children, pregnant women or to supplement diet. To honor this nature's gift, We have developed a range of Amla products which are giving extraordinary benefits to all the users even they are sick or healthy.

Dosage

  1. Amalaki Rasayan : 1-2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.
  2. Brahmi Chyawanprash : 2 -3 tea spoon full, twice to thrice daily after meals, preferably with milk.
  3. Amla Saar : 20 ml with equal water twice daily
  4. Vara Churna : Two to three grams of this powder should be mixed with warm water and consumed in the evening time.

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Benefits of Amla and Natural Vitamin C

Charak Smahita is an ancient ayurvedic medicine text -500 BC and Amla is perhaps the most often mentioned herb in that book. It can be used in almost every other health concern. Now a days it has rather wider spectrum of uses as there are more and more chemicals, pollutants, stress we are exposed to everyday.

Amla grows in nature in Indian subcontinent and our amla fruits are all organic growing in our Amla fruit farms located away from city pollution. All the herbal supplements made from amla are giving excellent results because we do not procure amla fruits from the market but prefer fresh amla fruits directly from the trees !

The fruit is has the highest content of vitamin C of any natural occurring substances in nature. Amla is most useful treatment of ulcers and hyperacidity.

Benfits of Amla

  • Amla is a strong natural anti-oxidant
  • Amla is best natural anti-ageing substance
  • Amla is richest source of natural vitamin C on earth
  • Amla is useful in stomach ulcers and acidity
  • Amla counteracts damage done by drugs, pollution and stress
  • Amla improves overall well being
  • It aids in food asorption and digestion
  • It prevents premature ageing, premature graying of hair, hair fall
  • It strengthens the immune system of the body naturally
  • Amla acts as a coolant
  • It neutralizes the free radicals / chemicals and acids produced in the body due to drugs, anxiety, stress, pollution
  • Amla is useful in bleeding piles and bleeding from anywhere in the body
  • Amla is useful in scurvy and vitamin C deficieny
  • Amla is excellent for treating skin disorders as it has detoxifying properties.
  • Amla is also useful in eye weakness and general weakness
  • Amla builds up immune system to fight against all kind of viruses like those of hepatitis, AIDS, Influenza and many others as Amla is rich in natural Vitamin C
  • Amla juice reduces unwanted fat and it also significantly reduce levels of free fatty acids. In addition, Amla, in a pure form i.e. Amla juice reduces cholesterol and cholesterol induced atherosclerosis (Obstruction of the arteries), making it a useful natural product to fight obesity

The Vitamin C content of Amla Saar is between 625 mg-930 mg per 100 grams ! Amla juice has 20-25 times more vitamin C than orange juice. Wow ! Isn't it amazing ?

Comparison of AMLA SAAR with other sources of Vitamin C:

Daily requirement of Vitamin C 90-150 mg per da

1. Amla Saar 625-930mg
2. Kaju (Cashew Nuts-kernels) 200 mg
3. Amrood (Guava) 160 mg
4. Dhania Leaves (Green Coriander) 135 mg
5. Chukandar (Beetroot) 88 mg
6. Cabbage 85 mg
7. Papaya 57 mg
8. Cauliflower 56 mg
9. Pineapple 39 mg
10. Orange 30 mg
11. Lemon 26 mg

Amla Juice is richest source of natural vitamin C and we provide the best Amla Juice also known as Indian Gooseberry Juice.

Our Amla Juice does not contain any flavoring agents, concenterates, water or coloring agents. It is a pure Amla juice made directly from Amla berries known as Indian gooseberries.

Amla juice reduces unwanted fat because it increases total protein levels; this is due to its ability to create a positive nitrogen balance and it also significantly reduces the levels of free fatty acids. In addition, Amla, in a raw or natural form, reduces cholesterol and cholesterol induced atherosclerosis (Obstruction of the arteries), making it a useful natural product to fight obesity. One study shows that it prevented atheroma (degeneration of the artery walls due to fat and scar tissue). Furthermore, Amla juice has exhibited considerable effect in inhibiting the HIV virus  which ultimately results in the disease AIDS.

Chemical composition of Amla fruit

The fruit pulp, which constitutes 90.97 per cent of the whole fruit, contains 70.5 per cent moisture. The total soluble solids constitute 23.8 per cent of the juice. The acidity of Amla is 3.28 per cent on pulp basis. The pulp contains 5.09 percent total sugars and 5.08 per cent reducing sugars. The ascorbic acid content is 1,094.53 mg per 100 ml of juice. The tannins and pectin content of the pulp is 2.73 per cent and 0.59 per cent respectively.

The fruit pulp contains 0.75 per cent protein. The mineral content of the edible portion, as represented by its ash, is 2.922 per cent. The percentage content of the mineral elements, viz. phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron is 0.027, 0.368, 0.059, 0.248 and 0.004 respectively.

Medicinal Properties of Amla Juice

The medicinal properties of Emblica officinalis have been mentioned by many authors.

  • Journal of Ethnopharmacol 1996 Feb;50(2):61-8 Hypolipidaemic effect of fruit juice of Emblica officinalis in cholesterol-fed rabbits. By Mathur R, Sharma A, Dixit VP, Varma M. Department of Home Science (Food and Nutrition), University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, India. The lipid lowering and antiatherosclerotic effects of Emblica officinalis (Amla) fresh juice were evaluated in cholesterol-fed rabbits (rendered hyperlipidaemic by atherogenic diet and cholesterol feeding). E. officinalis fresh juice was administered at a dose of 5 ml/kg body weight per rabbit per day for 60 days. Serum cholesterol, TG, phospholipid and LDL levels were lowered by 82%, 66%, 77% and 90%, respectively. Similarly, the tissue lipid levels showed a significant reduction following E. officinalis juice administration. Aortic plaques were regressed. E. officinalis juice treated rabbits excreted more cholesterol and phospholipids, suggesting that the mode of absorption was affected. E. officinalis juice is an effective hypolipidaemic agent and can be used as a pharmaceutical tool in hyperlipidaemic subjects.
  • Amla Saar is used in treatment of Acne and other skin problems.
  • Amla Saar is very effective in treatment of Acidity and Peptic ulcers.
  • Amla Saar is rich in Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, essential amino acids and many other vitamins and minerals and anti-oxidants.
  • Regular Use of Amla Saar improves immunity, fights cancers, rejuvenates the body.
  • It fights chronic diseases like hypertension, high Cholesterol, Diabetes, AIDS, influenza, Chronic cough and cold, Chronic infections, Chronic fatigue and Chronic inflammatory conditions.
  • Ayurveda describes it as one of the best herbs for Diabetes, bleeding disorders, strength and stamina promoter.

Dosage of Amla juice

3 teaspoonful twice daily, Morning and Evening with equal water.

Amla Capsules

  • Natural Vitamin C is nature's best Anti-ageing substance on earth ! !
  • Natural Vitamin C is nature's best anti-oxidant
  • Best Natural Vitamin C Supplements are all made from Amla fruit

Supplement Facts:

  • Serving size: 1 Vegi cap
  • Servings per container: 60
  • Each 250 mg capsule contains: Amla fruit extract (Emblica officinalis)

Dosage: 1-2 Capsules two times a day after meal or or as directed by your health practitioner.

More information on Amla products

Amla: Mother of Herbs

It is believed that what gold is to the minerals, amla is to the herbs. Called amalaki, dhatriphala and vayastha in Sanskrit and Emblica officinalis scientifically, it is the most widely used herb in the ayurvedic system of medicine. Legends tell us that Chayavana Rishi regained his youthfulness because of the specific use of a herbal compound which primarily consisted of amla.

The English name of amla-Indian gooseberry-denotes that it is indigenous to India. Its light green fruit grows on a small tree which is found in wet forests of hill areas throughout the Indian subcontinent. Though all parts of the tree have medicinal value, it is the fruit which constitutes the main drug.

There are two main varieties of amla-one is wild and the other is cultivated. These are called vanya and gramya respectively. In common parlance these are known as desi or banarasi. The wild amla fruit is small, hard and stony and contains a lot of fibre whereas the other one is big, smooth, fleshy and rich in juicy content. Dry amla is wrinkled and of grey-black colour.

Amla is a rare fruit which contains all tastes except salty. With sourness as the foremost taste, it is at the same time sweet, astringent, bitter and pungent. It is light, dry and cold in effect and the richest source of vitamin C. Laboratory tests show that every 100 gm of fresh amla provides up to 700 mg of this vitamin which is 20 times higher than what is found in an orange.

The fresh fruit contains more than 80 per cent water besides protein, minerals, carbohydrates and fibre. The mineral and vitamin contents include calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene and vitamin B complex. Even if dried in shade, amla retains much of its vitamin C. The leaves and bark of the tree are rich in tannin.

The eminence of amla is so well recognised in Ayurveda that all the famous ancient texts have discussed its preventive, restorative and curative usefulness and extolled its extraordinary medicinal qualities. Charaka has specifically mentioned it as a great rasayana that helps protect people from disease and keeps away the manifestations of premature ageing. Since amla pacifies all the three doshas-vata, pitta and kapha-it has a wide range of corrective and curative effect on the human body. It is rightly called sarvadosha hara-a remover of all diseases. - By - Dr R. Vatsyayan, Ayurvedachary

Clinical studies on Amla

Embilica officinalis was tested on diabetes induced Wistar-NIN rats by STZ. The results provided an evidence that Emblica and an enriched fraction of Emblica tannoids are vey beneficial in delaying development of diabetic cataract in rats

(Emblica officinalis and its enriched tannoids delay streptozotocin-induced diabetic cataract in rats by Suryanarayana P, Saraswat M, Petrash JM, Reddy GB at Biochemistry Division, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India for Mol. Vis. 2007 Jul 24;13:1291-7).

Amla (Emblica officinalis) is widely used in Indian medicine as a remedy for many diseases. It was investigated that effects of amla on the lipid metabolism and protein expression involved in oxidative stress during the ageing process and the results were favorable it can be therefore said that the amla can prevent age-related hyperlipidaemia through attenuating oxidative stress in the ageing process.

(Amla (Emblica officinalis) prevents dyslipidaemia and oxidative stress in the ageing process by Yokozawa T, Kim HY, Kim HJ, Okubo T, Chu DC, Juneja LR. at Institute of Natural Medicine, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani, Toyama 930-0194, Japan. - Br. J. Nutr. 2007 Jun;97(6):1187-95).

Emblica officinalis or Indian Gooseberry is one of the most important herbs of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system. In this ancient science, the fruit of Emblica officinalis was processed according to a method called "Svaras Bhavana", whereby the therapeutic potential of the fruit used to be enhanced by treating the main herb with its own juice. Amla is a prime source of Vitamin C i.e. Ascorbic acid and it carries great value as antioxidant agent.

(Vitamin C content and antioxidant activity of the fruit and of the Ayurvedic preparation of Emblica officinalis by Scartezzini P, Antognoni F, Raggi MA, Poli F, Sabbioni C.J. at Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Biology, University of Bologna, Via Irnerio 42, 40126 Bologna, Italy for Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Mar 8;104(1-2):113-8. Epub 2005 Oct 13).

Not surprisingly, Amla's reputation is supported by scientific studies confirming its immunity-boosting properties. Clinical studies were conducted to investigate the effect of Amalaki in amlapitta (gastritis syndrome). Amalaki churna was given in 20 cases in a dose of 3g., thrice a day for seven days. The drug was found effective in 85 per cent of cases. Cases of hyperchlorhydria with burning sensation in abdominal and cardiac regions and epigastric pain were benefited.

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