Amla vs. Drugs for Cholesterol, Inflammation, and Blood-Thinning

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[Music] Indian gooseberries otherwise known as Amla have been touted as everything from a cancer fighter to a hair tonic to a refrigerant whatever that means but like freon not to mention a snake venom detoxifier complete with fancy diagrams but based on what kind of research yes dietary intake of both turmeric and Amla increases the lifespan of fruit flies but do we really care about the effects of Amla on the lifespan or the sexual behavior for that matter of fruit flies how do you even study the sexual behavior of fruit flies why obviously you just introduced a virgin female and a Bachelor male into an Ellen’s want tea Oh mating chamber can you imagine having an insect meeting chamber named after you and looks like there were two fighting over naming right so they had to go with both then it’s just a matter of getting out a stopwatch twenty minutes is the average duration but almost a half hour on Amla the studly beast and it dropped the meeting latency the time between when they were introduced to one another in the chamber when they started getting busy from 10 down to 7 seconds and I’ll mess around well actually they do mess around and quite rapidly and on Amla they lay more eggs and more hatch into larvae but just like when you hear Amla is the best medicine to increase lifespan you’re probably not thinking about flies when you read about and love may be a potent aphrodisiac you’re probably not thinking more maggots now there was this study that found extraordinary improvements in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in actual humans but that was compared to placebo what about compared to simvastatin a leading cholesterol-lowering drug sold as a zocor treatment with the drug produced Kent reductions in cholesterol as one would expect but so did the Amla in fact you could hardly tell which was which and now note this was only about a 10 to 15 percent drop in total in LDL cholesterol in this study the Amla dose was only 500 milligrams which is like a tenth of a teaspoon so smaller than the eighth of a teaspoon a day and it wasn’t just the powdered fruit but the powdered juice of the fruit which may have made a difference how about verses lipitor the cholesterol-lowering drug is known as a torva statin no effect of taking placebos but significant improvements for the drug and significant improvements for two Amla doses but again only about 15% or so did they just use the juice again no were some patented extract of Amla so instead of five cents a day it’s 50 cents a day and doesn’t seem to work as well but because there’s this proprietary version at least there’s someone willing to pony up the funds to do the research it’s like the cancer story for Indian gooseberries to become relevant clinically they’re praying that patentable derivatives be synthesized without the possibility of patents the pharmaceutical industry isn’t going to invest in the research they’re sure holders wouldn’t let them its patents over patients but without that research how can we ever prove its worth or worthlessness for that matter so drug and supplement industry interest in patenting natural food product remedies as a double-edged sword without it there would never Bend this study showing not only benefits for cholesterol but also arterial function reducing artery stiffness in the to my extract groups and the drug group but not placebo as well as a dramatic drop in inflammation c-reactive protein levels cut in half so Amla or least Amla extract may be a good therapeutic alternative to statins in diabetic patients with artery dysfunction because as many of the benefits Effects of the statins but without the well-known potential adverse side effects of the drugs including muscle damage or liver dysfunction the Amla extract was also compared to the blood-thinning drugs aspirin and plavix often prescribed after heart attacks and achieved about 3/4 of the same platelet aggregation inhibiting effect as the drugs significantly increasing the bleeding and clotting time where they poked you with a needle and see how many seconds it takes you to stop dripping so that’s actually a good thing if you have a stent or something that you don’t want to clog up but it didn’t thin the blood outside the normal range so may not unduly raise the risk of major bleeding it also appears to decrease the effects of stress on the heart they had people plunge their hand into ice water and keep it there until the pain became unbearable this causes your arteries to constrict and your blood pressure to go up but not as much if you’re taking an extract good to know for your next ice bucket challenge [Music] you

96 thoughts on “Amla vs. Drugs for Cholesterol, Inflammation, and Blood-Thinning

  1. Nice review paper just published last month:
    Traditional knowledge to clinical trials: A review on therapeutic actions of Emblica officinalis [Amla]
    See table 4 (page 7) for a summary of clinical studies.

  2. I already held amla and turmeric in high regards thanks to a fondness for Indian beauty (and curry! 😍) before I found this channel and began learning about their health benefits. Saves me money, I guess, to supplement by eating my cosmetics 😂😂😂

    But make sure you buy food grade amla! Which I tend to anyways, just because regulations for food tend to be more rigorous than those for cosmetics.

  3. I wonder if this amla berry is similar to the gooseberries found here in Costa Rica, which go by several names – Inca berry, uchuva, cape gooseberry, golden berry, Aztec berry. They sure taste amazing and when you hold a bunch in your hands and hold them under running water for a second, it makes your hands super soft. They smell so good …fill the whole house with that yummy fruity smell. I ordered some Amla powder from I avoid Amazon.

  4. Ice Bucket Challenge? Any idea whether or not Amla is beneficial/compatible with The Wim Hof Method / Cold Immersion / Cold Showers / Cryotherapy?

  5. I prefer triphala powder,it has amalaki(amla fruit),also two other Ayurvedic dried fruits:bibhitaki and haritaki. It cleanses blood,intestines,removes excess vata,pitta and kapha,balancing doshas,bringing proper functioning to the system. Tastes horrible though(so is amla itself).

  6. Not a fan of the increased sexual references to be honest. I understand it is being done to reach a wider audience, but for me it takes away from the great research and will turn off older viewers who need to see these videos and receive this information in their later years.

  7. Love this man's humor, vision, and mission. I have the book and looking forward to the new one, what important work! Much love and respect from Israel.

  8. I have been researching alternative health issues for the last 50 years, and this is the first time I have ever heard of Amla. How did this one get buy me. So, which company makes the safest and purest Amla for us folks to purchase?

  9. I'm really hating the humor when it deviates too much from the main topic. It's way over the top. And it also makes me lose my concentration.

  10. Great vid! Two points: What actually causes high cholesterol in some people? Instead of taking amla, I would have liked to know. And is amla throughly studied for side effects? I mean basil also has health benefits but when it was studied, it came out it might give you liver cancer. Turmeric and ginger can also be dangerous for some people. So, how are things with amla, I wonder…Maybe I should read more.

  11. Great Video and channel Dr. Gregger. I'm getting some Amla for sure. Reading your book inspired me to start my Vegan fountain of youth channel. Your story about your grandmother was so inspiring. I'm on three years of plant based eating. My energy is through the roof. I haven't had a cold in three years. Keep the great videos coming, and I will keep passing the information on.

  12. I have two gooseberry bushes which got weedwacked off last summer. UGH, it will take another two years to get them large enough to produce some berries….again. I do, however have a huge patch of black currants which i make jelly from and also keep some frozen to put into my oatmeal several times a week. I guess those and the wild harvested blueberries I also gather will have to do for my phyto-nutrient kick, for now.

  13. Careful spreading heath information, remember those heath Dr's that died a few years ago "mysteriously". No really love your information

  14. Bacterial fats NOT dietary fats are cause of heart disease…

  15. Does anyone have a recommendation for an amla powder available via amazon? My local health food store doesn't carry any form of amla.

  16. Hello good Doctor. You are a trusted name in our household! Kindly reveal the source of the Amla you take. Thanks – Steve

  17. Dr Gregor – first of all thanks for this and all your other great videos. Really appreciate the research you do and providing the information to us. I'm reading you book and learning new recipes from the How Not to Die Cookbook. Great resources. Now a question. Following knee surgery in October 2016 I developed a DVT in the same leg where I had the surgery. My surgeon recommended Xarelto. Some research indicated that 3-4 months treatment should be sufficient so I discontinued the drug. After that i developed another DVT in my other leg (the one that was not operated on). The surgeon believes this could have been from doing leg lifts that that leg under my surgical leg or wearing compression socks that did not come up above my knee. My physician referred me to a Hematologist. She did a zillion blood tests which all came back normal – so I have no hereditary reason to develop blood clots. But the Hematologist recommended staying on the Xarelto (blood thinner) for the rest of my life. I really don't want to be on the medicine. Over the past six months, I've eliminated sugar from my diet and switched to nearly 100% plant based diet. I am now seeing these videos about Amla and Tumeric and wondering is it possible a plant based diet could allow me to get off of this blood thinner medicine. I plan to talk with one of the doctors in my area referred from your website. But I also so on the website to ask a question via one of your videos, so I am hopeful that you might be able to provide some insight. I also figure there might be others dealing with the same issues. On the bright side, if I were on warfarin instead of Xarelto, I don't think I could even eat a plant based diet because the greens would interfere with the medicine. Now isn't that ironic, that the very diet needed to control your health could not be possible because of a medicine to control your health. Ugh! Thanks.

  18. This is why we need govt funding of medical research instead of relying on pharma companies.

    Heh. America. What a sad dystopia of capitalism we have become.

  19. I am afraid government might outlaw the possession of amla so their pharmaceutical overlords will remain profitable.

  20. What about people already on statins? Is it safe to use both? Or wait until won diet brings it down, then switch?

  21. Hello everyone, i eat to much sugar actually lots of it and no fat, im vegan fruit and vegetables is my life, did my bloodtest and sugar is low but cholesterol is sky high, how come? I dont get it isnt it supposed to be other way around? Pls help dr Gregger

  22. Anyone seen an LDL drop after amla? I’ve seen a dramatic drop when I went 100% vegan from about 95 to 70 within 6 weeks. Meat crept back in and I saw ldl go right back up. Now eating vegan again last month and for some reason it’s easy this time. Looking forward to retesting. Thinking of adding amla.

  23. Cardiologists advocate statins “in the drinking water” but this has zero side effects and is as effective as Lipitor and metformin combined! Doctors should be recommending it. And notice these results were achieved even without dietary or lifestyle intervention. One would have to assume eating healthy Plus Amla could put many Americans into heart attack proof ldl range of 50-70.

  24. I brushed my teeth with amla powder like 3 weeks ago. STILL A METRIC TON OF FRUIT FLIES ALL OVER MY BATHROOM! I'm like 99% vegan but I've no mercy on those fuckers.

  25. Please can yoiu shed some light on a situation: a friend of mine has benign high blood pressure and for 30 years has taking a combination of nifedipine and atenolol to lower her blood pressure. she now has high cholesterol which (i bleieve) is a side effect of this drug combo. if she stops taking these drugs her life might be at risk. but taking statins is obviosly not something she wants to do, though her GP wants her to. What would you suggest?

  26. Great video Dr Greger, please do more videos like this please where you show the benefits of whole plant foods head to head against the pharmaceutical industry

  27. gooseberries is very good for vitamin C !
    another thing when measuring herbs and fruits to pills is this-pills do not have fiber.
    fiber is another source for optimum health.
    i say anything that takes you away from taking a pill is a great source for health!

  28. I'm beginning to become skeptical of studies coming out of India for financial gain.
    So far everything I tried based on these studies supported by Indian researchers had little to no effect.
    and guess where most of these natural products are mostly made? India.

  29. I've been taking all a powder capsules, 1000mg for three weeks and my blood pressure is 117/68 down from 140/80. I've just ordered more.

  30. This stuff tastes awful. Put it in your smoothie and it ruins it. Bitter. I put mine in a T of peanut butter and just ate it. Do-able! Had to share.

  31. I hate amla powder. It is sickly sweet and goopy and sticky when stirred into water. But I AM going to start eating it again.

  32. So, is 1 gooseberry the same as the dried about, more or less? I'm afraid of buying powders of the Internet, who knows what it really is?

  33. So amla is basically an unregulated drug that I'm taking in my smoothie every morning, not fully knowing its effects…hope it goes well with white tea leaves and ground flax seed!

  34. I’d like to add a warning to all interstitial cystitis sufferers: this stuff is very high in ascorbic acid. I started taking it after watching the video, and I broke my first rule as an IC sufferer — I didn’t read the ingredients. After two days I felt like my bladder was on fire. It took 12 days to get out of that flare. Wish I could take it, though.

  35. Hello, I have a question: would there be any interactions when taking amla powder with antibiotics, immunesurpressing or bloodpressure lowering drugs?
    Help is very appreciated.

  36. I have high cholesterol and I’m looking for something natural to lower it. I will give it a try then get my cholesterol checked.

  37. Beware my fellow health seeking friends, I just ruined my chocolate oatmeal with only 1 heaped teaspoon of amla x__x don't try to sneak too much of it in your food, the sour taste can be quite dominant.

  38. As a way to strengthen the existence of the “good” cholesterol and also lessen the “bad” cholesterol I got, I tested out making use of this specific cholesterol guide “Hοzantο Axy” (Google it) . I don`t know whether it`s completed that yet; I haven`t had any another blood check up since I started working with it. I can`t delay to have my cholesterol level check again in a couple of months. Based upon all the things I have go through, this will work well. .

  39. My goal should be to get my cholesterol to drop right from 245 to 199, the least, with the use ofthis cholesterol guide “Hοzantο Axy” (Google it). Luckily, in only a matter of 3 weeks, I have it dropped to 216. I did it with out doing big adjustments on my very own diet. .

  40. Been vegan ( not whole food, plant based entirely yet) now for over 2 years. Recently, I had my blood test and my test came back good overall however my cholesterol was 186, HDL level was very low at 27 and my LDL was high also at 135. Triglycerides was 119. What is going on? Sure I could eat fewer processed foods but I don't eat much of it…some rice, pasta. I eat plenty, of beans, whole grains, veggies, and fruit. I even try to eat amla once a day. Am I the only one with this experience? Please help?

  41. All of the Amla studies come from India …. makes me suspicious. I have probably been plant-based longer than most here have been alive so dont question my skepticism – but i am not convinced about Amla until studies come from a neutral souce. if anyone knows some, please reply with links. I want to be wrong. trust me.

  42. Guy's guy's guy's… Hi I'm Yash from pune…. We have production unit …we produce Awala products like Awala candy, juice, powder, supari, syrup, pickle and many more…. We have organic process.. Like we directly take Awala from local farmers and produce the products… Best part is that it is totally natural… Not even 0.01% of chemicals… You can contact me at [email protected] …. Trust our products, you will not regret

  43. This amazing cholesterol guide “Hοzantο Axy” (Google it) is a brand new treatment I did start to utilize. Particularly, I started off making use of it in order to reduce my cholesterol at the help and advice of my very own PHYSICIAN. Every day, I have to take a caplet. This ought to be done for two months. My cholesterol decreased Thirty points. There’s no question I would suggest this to my relatives. Needless to say, I am going to continuously take this. .

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