Phyllanthus emblica: The superfood with anti-ulcer potential
Dr. Anindita Deb Pal
The Indian Gooseberry is one of the commonly used plants in the Indian system of medicine. Amla is a wonder superfood, belonging to the genus Phyllanthus L. which is mainly distributed in tropical areas. It represents a phytochemical reservoir of biologically important molecules. The plant contains tannins, alkaloids, amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and organic acids. Various parts of the plant have been used to treat a wide array of diseases. The present article highlights the importance of Phyllanthus emblica in the prevention and treatment of ulcer. Gastrointestinal ulcer results due to an increase in the offensive factors as compared to defensive ulcer protective elements. The fruit extracts possesses potent anti-oxidant potential which is the key to its therapeutic effect. Additionally it is also capable of inducing neo-angiogenesis thereby helping in repair of gastric lesions. The anti-inflammatory potential of the above further accelerates ulcer healing. Owing to its anti-secretory and cyto-protective capacities, Phyllanthus emblica either alone or in combination represents a valuable natural strategy to treat several chronic diseases especially ulcer.