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Amla reduced metabolic syndrome

People with metabolic syndrome usually have excess fat around the waist and abdomen plus several other factors including high blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglycerides, and low levels of HDL, the good cholesterol.

Amla, from the Indian gooseberry tree, is popular in Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory tonic that supports normal blood pressure.

In this study, 59 people with metabolic syndrome took a placebo or 250 mg or 500 mg of amla twice per day.

After 12 weeks, while the placebo group had not significantly improved, the low- and high-dose amla groups saw 42 and 51 percent increases, respectively, in nitric oxide, the molecule that relaxes the smooth muscle lining the blood vessels. The inflammatory factor, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, also decreased 40 and 54 percent, respectively.

Triglycerides, and total and LDL cholesterols declined in both amla groups, and HDL increased 7.33 and 22.16 percent, respectively. Doctors said amla, along with lifestyle modifications, may help manage metabolic syndrome.