I typically don’t go in for “superfoods.” I typically make fun of the idea. While I’m sure a lot of them have their benefits, the marketing hype is just always beyond the pale. Remember Goji Berries? How about Acai?
A few weeks back, and I don’t recall where, someone sent me another video by Dr. Michael Greger, my favorite vegan, I suppose. You may recall that I devoted a whole post to him concerning Beans and the Second Meal Effect: Resistant Starch. Offhand, I love many of his videos, all of which are a brief 1-3 minutes, typically, right to the point, packed with info…and so far as I’ve seen, always well referenced. He’s an excellent communicator.
So here’s the short video I got just a while back (2 minutes) about a rather impressive antioxidant value.
I’d just published my probiotics post and its smoothie recipe, and based on the above, decided to order up some Amla Powder aka Indian Gooseberry or Phyllanthus emblica. (I’m not recommending a specific product. There’s tons, so once you click in, feel free to pick another one. I’ll still get credit for the purchase.)
Turns out, it’s been used in various Eastern medicine traditions for centuries. I used to scoff at such things, but you’d be surprised how often, when some of these herbal remedies get put to the test, they perform in terms of nutrients and anti-oxident value, and so it’s obvious why it was such a tradition. Millions of n=1, adding up to obvious. Moreover, consider that likely there are a far greater number of herbs that are not in such current use because they didn’t get results. So, careful of the bias against, too.
So, I went over to Greger’s site and searched Amla, turns out he has a number of short videos about it. This one is pretty dammed amazing, about how even a pinch goes a long way toward helping with high fasting blood glucose.
With all respect to the good doc—and I mean that sincerely—I think I’ll stick with an omnivorous diet, targeted to high density animal foods, as well as safe starches including resistant starch. But here’s a couple of other short ones in terms of cancer cells, and why it’s probably a good thing to take regardless of your diet.
Pretty damn compelling stuff, and there’s way more at that search link. So, looks to me like Amla, Indian Gooseberry, is a plant truly deserving of the superfood label. So why haven’t you likely heard anything about it until now? Probably because it’s so damn cheap.
Here: Amla Powder