Phyllanthus Emblica is a natural plant used in folk medicine to treat a variety of ailments and for a number of applications. All parts of the plant are used in the herbal preparations, including the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers.
More recent studies have found demonstrated, through in vitro tests, that Phyllanthus Emblica may have antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It is thought to contain very high amounts of Vitamin C, or Ascorbic Acid, a powerful antioxidant known to reduce wrinkles, suppress pigmentation, and help skin retain its natural moisture. However, studies have shown that the "overall antioxidant strength of amla may derive instead from its high density of tannins and other polyphenols. The fruit also contains flavonoids, kaempferol, ellagic acid and gallic acid".
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