Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check back for the other videos on amla and don't miss all the videos on diabetes. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

For some context, please also check out my associated blog posts: Watermelon for Erectile Dysfunction, Amla: Indian gooseberries vs. cancer, diabetes, and cholesterol, Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?, Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk, Breast Cancer Stem Cells vs. BroccoliIncreasing Muscle Strength with FenugreekBest Dried Fruit For Cholesterol The Science of Acai BerriesFlaxseeds for DiabetesCinnamon for Diabetes, and Mushrooms and Immunity

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check back for the other videos on amla and don’t miss all the videos on diabetes. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

    • Shashank Sheode

      Dear Dr Greger
      The super bebfits of Amla you can get is to make a juice of fresh amla and consume a cup every day in the morning before brushing the teeth and not to eat/drink anything for the nest half an hour. Have amla juice every morning there is no need of any medicine for lifetime. Tried and Trusted fruit from India for centuries.

  • Thea

    Wow! This information is truly amazing.

    I really appreciate how you ended the video too. Just because amla could be used to treat diabetes does not mean that that is the best thing to do.

    I don’t have an Indian store in my city. But I would think that if I want to sprinkle some amla powder on my morning oatmeal, I could find the powder on line. It’s good to know that the powder is effective too.


  • bsmithson

    Is liquid smoke harmful? It is called for in many vegan seitan recipes. I thought I had read that it was mutagenic.

  • rmsboston

    Hi Dr. Greger,

    Does the report that you cite on Indian gooseberries provide any data on A1C numbers for the research subjects?

    As an aside, a type 2 diabetic doesn’t need to be a research scientist to confirm these findings. A diabetic can simply eat gooseberries for a week and check with their meter to see what is happening with their blood glucose levels. I recommend testing one hour after a meal which is near the peak for blood glucose for most foods for most people. Perhaps a good test would be to have oatmeal at breakfast for one week without gooseberries and a second week with gooseberries.

    One quibble with the video. I don’t think that diabetes can be “reversed”. Once someone has type 2 diabetes, regardless of how good their diet is, they will still fail a glucose tolerance test. On the other hand, a proper diet will lower blood glucose levels for many people to near normal ranges.

    • Thea

      rmsboston, you wrote, “I don’t think that diabetes can be “reversed”.”

      You might be interested in Dr. Bernard’s book on reversing diabetes:

      I read this book and thought it was excellent. He makes a very good case, and I believe he has scientific studies to back up his claims.

      Just thought you might be interested.

      • rmsboston

        Hi Thea,

        Yes, I have a copy of Dr. Bernard’s book.

        I actually manage my T2 diabetes for the past 2 years with diet and exercise and no pills. My fasting and A1C numbers are now in the normal range. However, these good numbers don’t mean that I can now have 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with jam, a large glass of OJ, and a coffee with sugar for breakfast without seeing a substantial blood sugar spike one hour later.

        • Thea

          That’s great that you are able to manage without pills. Good for you. I think it’s great when people take responsibility for their health.

          Question if you have time: You wrote: “However, these good numbers don’t mean that I can now have 2 pieces of whole wheat toast … without seeing a substantial blood sugar spike one hour later.”

          Wouldn’t everyone see a “substantial blood sugar spike one hour later”? Or are you thinking that your numbers would be abnormal compared to someone who has never had diabeties?

          I may not have understood, but it seems to me that Dr. Bernard is arguing that type 2 diabetes is the result of too much fat getting into the cells. Once you fix that, then your body can start processing insulin? correctly again. I was thinking that once you really clean out your cells and get your body working correctly for a good while, that your body would essentially be no different than any other body in terms of how it reacts to what you eat. Maybe that is not a reflection of reality. I don’t know.

          FYI: I don’t have diabetes, but my biological father died of diabetes complications. I’m very interested in the subject.

    • Charzie

      Not so, 3 weeks after I started on an all vegan, high complex carb, low fat, whole foods diet, my A1C went from 7.9 to 5.8, and five years later it is the same. As long as I keep my meals on the small side and eat 3-5 times a day my blood sugar stays within normal. If I screw up on diet, it will begin to go above, so maybe cured isn’t the right word, but I would certainly rather control it with diet than taking the horrible drugs…which I did for 3 years before I finally got educated. Also, I am sure if I lost more weight I would have more leeway.

  • rmsboston

    Hi Thea,

    For someone without diabetes, a post-meal blood sugar reading typically doesn’t go above about 120 because insulin is doing its job. However, for a diabetic, a post-meal blood sugar spike will be much higher when they consume carbs in the form of sugar or starches. A one-hour post-meal reading of about 150 can be an indication of prediabetes, while readings over 200 probably means diabetes. Anyone with a glucose meter can do this kind of post-meal testing.

    Over the past few years, I have done post-meal testing for friends and relatives. I have found 3 people with prediabetes that was later confirmed by their doctors using an A1C test. An A1C test measures average blood sugar levels over a 2 and 3 month period. The test gives a better idea of overall control of blood sugar. An A1C number wants to be below at least 5.5%. Diabetes kicks in at 6.5%.

    Here is a bit more about this post-meal testing method:

    • Thea

      rmsboston: Thanks for the reply.

  • Rick1

    Great news. I hope the price on these berries doesn’t shoot up now. lol

  • LXB

    Does anyone know something about the effects of eating Amla raw?

    Yesterday I stumbled over them in an Indian shop and they only had them raw. They are quite sour and bitter and you seem to have get used to it. One amazing effect after having eaten one whole raw amlaberry is that it turns the taste in your mouth into something sweet and you really wonder where it is coming from. a kilo costs 3,80 Euros by the way, that is about 44 berries. we can just hope that they are not spraying them so much with pesticides and insecticides.

    The people in the shop told me they would traditionally eat the raw berries with some salt and chili.

    • Thea

      LXB: I don’t have the answer to your question. I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I found it so interesting. I’m very curious to try try these berries!

      Also, your post helped me get the right frame of mind. It seems like it will help if I have the frame of mind of eating something with salt and chili than thinking of sweet berries. Sometimes whether one likes a food or not is all about expectations. YOu helped to frame my expectations. Thanks!

    • Niki Chela

      usually it is pesticide free if it comes from India , it grows in a tree even in dry climate and they don’t invest on sophisticated sprayer to these trees …mostly 90 % it should be pesticide free ….

    • Ernest Felix

      The best way to consume Raw Amla is to grind it in a grinder, extract the juice by mixing some hot water into it and squeeze out the juice. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to make it more edible. Once in a way you can add a small piece of ginger to the Amala and grind. My sister has successfully brought down her FBS from about 180 to below 90. She has never used a medicine for the past 10 years. Diabetes cannot be reversed but controlled through Gooseberry. Hope this information will benefit the Diabetics

  • Jessica

    I just discovered that a tea I enjoy drinking has amla in it: Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant. Perhaps other blended teas do too?

  • yummy

    Dr. G…what is your opinion of the amla capsules available on health-food sites…and what would be a good mg capsule to take on a daily or twice daily basis….most of the capsules I’ve researched are 500 mg. Since the taste of the powder is not yummy, the capsules may be a better option for some people.

    • “Radical” Rod

      The powder product tastes like,…dirt!
      Or possibly… dried dog dirt!
      To get around the taste, try putting the…err(?) …powder into,00 or 000 size capsules, and then  buy a Cap-M-Quick (50 pills at a time) or The Capsule Machine (24 at a time) to put the ..”matter” in capsules to “get um down” without gagging. To quote my 91 year old da,d, “Wow! that stuff would gag a Maggot!” I can get it down with just water but I sure don’t like the taste!
      Both “machines”can be found on the net & or @whole food store if your lucky.
      Both machines are very slow ,and the smaller one especially so which all the more reason to go with the larger 000 size also which will hold a 30% larger dose for “more bang for your buck”and time.
      If I had it to do over again I’d spend a few more bucks to get a machine made in China that makes 100 capsules @ a time to make a better accounting of my time and efforts. If you get a chance borrow one and try it out before you  buy one.

      • Blanster

        Thank you so much for this reply! I’d never heard of the Cap-M-Quik until your response. I’ve tried filling my own Amla capsules which isn’t easy! So I’m buying one of these babies for sure. I agree – amla powder would gag a maggot! Thanks again!!

    • Melanie

      Personally, I wouldn’t trust any medical or health product sold over the internet.

  • mercman40

    I found AMLA frozen, powder, and in many other forms, bought powder, frozen, and dried. Had hoped this would work for my mother who has T2 Diabetes, had her take the powder and eat two berries every night, and had her stop taking her pills, unfortunately, her blood sugar went sky high, without the pills after 4 days, and she had to go back to the pills.
    I am still eating the dried pieces, and will start taking the powder soon…someone has to use it!

    Thanks for all the info!!!

  • Jovan Jovanovic

    Dear Dr. Michael Greger,

    Thank you so much for this precious information.  I was trying to find the full article, yet every source seems to rquire subscription.  My question is,  how were the patients in this study taking Amla powder?   Was it after meals, or was it in the morning on an empty stomach? Was it spread through the day, or all at once?  



  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please also check out my associated blog post Watermelon for Erectile Dysfunction!

  • Rod Lewis

    Here you are touting the positive effects of amla and IT SOUNDS EXCITING, BUT yet in still another location on your sight. your warning us that 20% of these…”foods” out of India are INDEED contaminated with heavy metals, like lead, and arsenic, which are poisons.

    Dr. I appreciate what your trying to do, but you can’t have it both ways and remain “creditable.”

    Isn’t this like playing Russian Roulette  where the gun ONLY goes off “just 20% of the time?

    Please address this very real issue about “amla.”

    Thanks for your enthusiasm and what you are trying to do.

    • thatdude

      What’s with all the “quotes?”

  • Gyoakums5

    Are you supposed to take this Indian gooseberry plus your medication?

  • Kristen Suzanne

    Wow that’s interesting :)

  • Valnaples

    Be careful if you find gooseberry candies…the gooseberry has a STONE in it…someone might break a tooth, just saying!!! All I could find at our local Asian Market (they do stock Indian foods) was “Dried Hot Goosberry” which are actually from Vietnam but ingredients are: gooseberry, sugar, chilli, water, salt. I’ve just been rubbing the sugar off. Hope to find powder sometime soon, though. The brand I have is Willis Eagle.

    • AbsenteeParents

      Go to an INDIAN food market. Plain Amla powder there. I put it in my sugar-free iced tea.

  • Ismertc

    God Bless You for this site!

  • Indian Girl

    This is a fantastic explanation :-)  You are doing a great job informing people about the benefits of Amla

  • sally

    Morning Dr Greger, I live in AUS , and I am 50years young, and for most of my life I have been an active Equestrian Dressage rider on State and National Squads, I am very fit, riding 3 or 5 horses per day, and feel great. then I had a blood test and my blood sugar was 16 and my Dr put me on metformin, but I had a skin itchy reaction , so she changed my too gliclazide, I have only had for one week. I watch your videos almost every day, I have not seen all 1,449, but a fair few I have seen now. I have been having my Amla powder in my black and blue berry smoothie every day now for about 3 weeks. my sugar has not dropped much like only down only to 13 or 14. I eat cinnamon, oatmeal, am really trying very hard to eat only vegies all day and am progressing to only soy milk. I have cut my meat down like about 70%. I am going to buy some of the soy food products this week. My Dr has said my diabeties is in my genes, that is how she believes I got it. I will keep going with the amla, should it just take longer to work for me?? I dont like taking drugs.. I have also put 2 of my friends onto amla, as they both have cancer and have sent them your link .
    in a dilema and confused


    • Jovan

      Please read “There is a Cure for Diabetes” by Dr. Gabriel Cousens. Diabetes is a metabolic disease (problem in processing some macro-nutrients), and amla is but one powerful actor that helps. But the solution lies in a holistic approach, and you seem to be leaning in that direction anyway, the book will only effectively refine your strategy.

      I said the same to one gentlemen above. But I have to repeat it, it’s important, as I will probably repeat it a few more times on this post so all people do see it.

      Dr. Cousens is 99% up the same street with Dr. Greger, I found the book extremely useful, please do give it a read and you will not regret it.

      God Bless! Get well soon!

  • gus

    I’ve began encouraging customers to look into this product and have requested the health food store I work at to order it in. Sounds very promising!

  • John at 65

    Hair – I bought a bottle of Solaray Amla 500mg and have been taking one
    pill each morning. I have a bald spot on the back of my head 3 inches in
    diameter and it was completely bald. This bald spot has been increasing
    in size over a period of 20 years. After 45 days of taking the Amla I
    notice that hair is growing back there. I was shocked to see the hair
    coming back. I also noticed that my beard is getting tougher. At first I thought it was a dull blade. But I don’t think so. I have also changed my diet to Vegan for the past 4 months.
    originally bought the Amla for lowering my blood sugar. With the Vegan
    Diet, Amla, and exercising, I have been able to stop using Glipizide for
    my diabetes. A1C was 9.8 and is now 5.3 in just 3 months. My doctor was
    impressed. And
    that was without the Amla. I still take 1,000 mg of Metformin twice a
    day. I listen to my doctor and hope to reduce other medications for
    Cholesterol and high Blood Pressure.

  • Devin Ellsworth

    Hi Dr. Greger,

    This is a pretty amazing result in this study. Cutting bad cholesterol in half in just 3 weeks with only a teaspoon of anything and no other changes sounds too good to be true. I am wondering if you know or if anyone has explained the mechanism for how this happens? What about the amla helps the body clear out the LDL?



  • rekha aggarwal

    How can we compare the antioxidant property of amla against green tea.

  • LDGourmet

    Is this different from gooseberries we see at the farmer’s market here in New England? They’re also called ground cherries. Tart and wonderful with blackberries in pie (also loaded with pectin, so great for pies.)

  • P. Park

    Could this possibly help type 1 diabetes?

    • Jovan

      Dear P.Park,

      Please read “There is a Cure for Diabetes” by Dr. Gabriel Cousens

      Diabetes is a metabolic disease, and amla is but one powerful actor that helps. If you want to seriously improve the health you must approach it with an equally serious approach. I found this book so useful, although I am still trying to find the best way to lead my grandparents to follow the advice etc. All in all, reading this for me goes as a MUST for anyone serious about truly having an impact on their health and in this case diabetes. I could not emphasise this more strongly.

      God Bless :) and fruitful reading!

    • Stewart Edgington

      I’ve had type 1 for 42 years. (started having the symptoms about my
      21st birthday). Your question evokes several others. First the type 1
      diabetics have beta cells that are dead n gone. So we produce no
      insulin. The question about amla is, does it enhance insulin production
      or does it reduce insulin resistance? For all I know it might do both
      but in the type 1 there will be no boost in insulin production. Well a
      few days ago I did start taking Amla and my daily total intake of
      insulin has gone from about 36 to 31 units. And that is with good
      control. I use a pump and it will give me a daily count. So it seems
      to make the insulin work better or make me need it less.

      All in
      all I feel like yelling when I hear someone talking about “carb
      counting”. I have reduced my insulin needs from about 50+ units a day
      to about 40 per day just by reducing fat intake. When I eliminated
      animal products from my diet the requirement dropped to about 36 units
      per day and amla seems to help more. So yes I think this is good for
      type 1 diabetics. And no I do not count or limit my carbohydrates.
      Those who have seen no results should be patient and keep trying.

  • BCFotos

    Hi, Dr. Greger, it seemed that the Amla powder is the most convenient way to add to the preparation of food. Is it just as effective as other forms of Amla in order to control type 2 diabetes?

  • power

    Hello Dr. Greger, my age is 65 yrs.. i belong to India. i have read your article and i hope you ll give me some solution. my whole family background in non diabetics.. but from last 2 years i got this problem ( my routine is very busy in physical activities). i was told after random checking that my level of Blood sugar is 238. i was prescribed ZYDE MF tablet twice a day before meals.

    in your article you mention that AMLA powder is effective way to reduce LDL & BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS.. please update what should be intake directions for me to consume This magical powder.

    • Jovan

      You are the third person that I speak to with the same information on this post, but I will repeat myself because it is important. Please read “There is a Cure for Diabetes” by Dr. Gabriel Cousens. Diabetes is a metabolic disease and amla is but one powerful actor that helps but this needs to approached from all angles (diet as a whole, mindset, activity etc.)

      The book is amazing, I read it because I have grandparents that are 62 and 63 years of age, and they are starting to develop some sugar problems, so I want to help them, so I think it could do you good as well.

      Read it, apply it, and you will be amazed.

      God Bless! Be well! :)

  • Gaurang Pandya

    People won’t believe this. It is difficult to believe that disorders like diabetes and cholesterolemia can have such simple treatment. And the conclusion Dr, M Greger makes is more helping towards believing.

  • coacervate

    I know this post is a year old but i am hoping someone will have a suggestion…i have type 2, take metformin 2X daily 850 mg. My sugar tends to run high, 7 to 12 mMolar. I have learned that good judgement w/resp to GIndex, a midday coffee, and or certain other foods will drop my to a perfectly normal 5 to 6…PROBLEM? Yes, I get so shakey and bad feeling, the bottom drops out and I’m no good for anything the rest of the day. I recheck my blood and it is right in the zone! QUESTION, what can I do when a normal blood sugar makes me feel so bad?

  • Blondmouse

    Where can you purchase Amla power in the United States?

  • medulla

    I’ve watched your videos on eggs and am wondering what you think of egg whites. I buy my eggs from a local egg farmer, so I have seen how they are raised and they are happy chickens. I am a vegetarian and lactose intolerant so I like the idea of eating eggs whites for protein, but is it conducive to a good healthy diet?

  • TMR

    Thank you for this information Dr Greger. I had never heard of Amla before. I am particularly interested in its hdl raising qualities :)

  • Curtis Purington

    How is amla to be taken in order to get the results you show?

  • Marcia

    Hello Dr. Greger: I am 64 years old and have type 2 Diabetes. I take 1000 units of Metformin twice a day. I was also taking Januvia, but it made me nervous (causes cancer?) so the doctor said I could quit. I have been following a plant-based diet for a full month now and I do notice some differences, but my sugar is still too high. The lowest it’s been is 120 and the highest was 166. I watched your video about Amla and purchased some powder which arrived today. I have looked all over and the only reference to what amount you suggest taking on a daily basis came from the video: 1 tsp., twice a day. Is that correct? I know you said a plant-based / vegan diet was the very best thing to do for T2 Diabetes, but I want to try adding some Amla also. I would sincerely appreciate it if you would let me know if the above amount is what you suggest so I can start trying it ASAP. Thank you!

    I have enjoyed reading/listening to your clips and blogs and appreciate your sharing your experience with all of us.

    • Don Forrester MD

      Congratulations on taking positive steps to improving your health. You, however, can be on a plant based diet that contains food that may not be helping you out. Type 2 diabetes is caused by fats in the diet… both animal products(which makes up the majority of it) and plants(leading source of calorie intake for women is salad dressings). There can also be alot of fats hidden in processed foods. I advise my patients to measure their fasting glucose’s each morning. Record on a “run chart” each morning. As your fasting glucoses get below 125 or lower you will need to back off your medication. This can occur relatively quickly or take longer depending on how long you have been diabetic and how much insulin you are producing. I sent a “run chart” to your email address which I use for my patients to record both their morning fasting glucose’s and morning blood pressures. You will need to work with your physician and this method of displaying data gives more useful information then the standard chart or booklet because you can see trends clearly. You use one page for each month. The nice thing about run charts is you can mark the dates you have made changes such as decreasing medication or starting to take Amla. I prefer to not use nutraceuticals like medications but you and your physician will have to work out what works best for you. The goal is to cure the diabetes so you have normal blood sugars and are on no medications. Your blood pressure meds if you are on any will need to be watched as they can usually be reduced. You might benefit from reading Dr. John McDougall’s newsletter article entitled, Simple Care Diabetes, in his December 2009 newsletter. You might also enjoy viewing a YouTube presentation by one of my patients that I treated at the McDougall Whole Foods program…
      Good luck.

      • Marcia

        Good morning Dr. Forrester, Thank you so much for your thorough response to my questions! I haven’t checked my email, but I do appreciate your sending me the run chart, I will use it faithfully and share it with my doctor. I’ve never been one to use much (if any) salad dressing on my salads because I truly enjoy the actual taste of the veggies. If I decide to use some, I put a small amount in a bowl and dip my fork in it before selecting the next bite. This has always worked well for me. I do need to work on eating earlier though. Due to my jobs, I’ve always been a late eater and so is my husband. It is hard to get him to eat before 8 PM but I told him I need to and will be eating earlier even if I must do so alone. We eat fresh, whole foods each day and I make sure I get my share of G-BOMS (Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, and Seeds – came from Dr. Joel Fuhrman) daily. I am always looking for new and interesting recipes so I will visit Dr. McDougall’s website and see what I can find, thank you for that.

        I plan to start taking the Amla today. The only recommendation I’ve found on this website for suggested amount, is 3/4 teaspoon daily. I will go with that and see if there is any change. I can hardly wait to get of my Diabetes and high BP medications! I want to be free from all of that and be healthy again. I’ve also added exercise to my program so I think I’m heading down the right path!

        Thank you, Dr. Forrester, for you time and suggestions.


  • Art

    I have been taking about a tablespoon and a half of amla powder with water every morning for the past month and have not seen a decrease of my fasting blood sugar level! Am I not taking the powder correctly? Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
    Thank you

    • Richard

      Me neither after 4 months.

  • Max

    Dear Dr. Greger,

    I have metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes. I read somewhere that amla increases insulin secretion and brings down the glucose. At this point I don’t want to overwork my pancreas and am hesitating to start using Amla. Could you please help with this ?

    thank you !


  • Raina

    Dr. Greger, have you found any plant based aides that positively affect Type 1 diabetes? I can only find info on type 2 diabetes.

  • taranjeet singh

    hi micheal am having a skin condition allergy kind of thing where itching is high and beehives kind of formation happen if we dont take citirzen ……kindly help

  • Brad

    Forget about GMO and organic. How can you be sure that products such as
    Alma contain what they are supposed to and don’t have bad stuff such as

  • Richard Frazee

    Marry Christmas Dr. So 1 tsp of Amla powder a day for the rest of my life and my diabetes will be history . . . WHOOPEE I’m on that band wagon. But . . . do you have a wonder drug, (AMLA Powder), for shrinking my swollen Prostate Gland? Aw, one that I can afford?

  • Sonia Pilla

    How does Jeunesse Global’s Reserve work?
    It turns on an anti aging enzyme produced by your body. It works on a gene that controls the aging process. In the lab mice who received doses of resveratrol did not get cancer, heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis and they lived 30% longer. Those tested had more energy and their metabolism was faster than the group that didn’t receive resveratrol. They also had pristine organs found during post mortem. Resveratrol in one of the first human trails was also shown to treat Diabetes Type 2 successfully

  • Barry Allan King

    I am pre-diabetic and have cardiomyopathy. What foods would be beneficial for these diseases? Thank you.

    • Thea

      Bary Allan King: I’m not a doctor and can’t comment on the cardiomyopathy part of your question.

      However, I can talk about the pre-diabetic part of your question. I highly recommend that you read the book:
      Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

      Dr. Barnard not only tells you what kinds of foods to eat and why, but he also gives meal plans and recipes too. From what I can tell, the recommendations in the book are right in-line with the type of diet that Dr. Greger recommends. Dr. Greger’s recommendations for foods like amla would work on top of the general diet recommendations to give you a strong, targeted diet for reversing your pre-diabetes.

      Good luck.

      • Barry Allan King

        Thank you Thea, I bought that book for my Dad, now I’m going to re-visit it and get started.

  • type1

    Please start labeling your content as either Type 1 or Type 2 specific. You are a doctor for Pete’s sake you know the difference. I’m sick of getting excited clicking a link or looking beyond the headline of a news article only to find it is only helpful for Type 2s. This is like cinnamon all over again. I know everyone and their brother in the US has Type 2 these days, but I’m Type 1 and would love to find some kind of new nutritional support to help with the blood sugar balancing act. Geesh I wish the medical community would give these diseases to completely different names so I wouldn’t get lumped in with a bunch of people with a condition they could have prevented and could even cure themselves of if they put in the effort. One can’t get rid of Type 1 no matter how healthful one’s lifestyle.
    I’ still looking for amla anyway for the anti-cancer benefits. I wish it would decrease the amount of insulin I needed to take though. I hope you Type 2s enjoy your amla.

    • JacquieRN

      Thank you Type 1. I have been a diabetes educator and agree clearer communication about which type of diabetes being referenced would be helpful upfront. There are more than type 1 and type 2 as well. Listing below for others as I am sure you are aware!

      Type 1 diabetes was formerly called “juvenile diabetes” or “insulin-dependent diabetes,”

      Type 2 was formerly called “adult onset diabetes.” But type 2 diabetes has been reported among U.S. children & adolescents with increasing frequency over the past 20 years.

      Then there are: gestational diabetes, surgically induced diabetes chemically induced (medications) diabetes, Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA) or type 1.5 diabetes.

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  • catbear

    I love you, Dr. Gregor! If only all the doctors were like you. I am taking tripahala (tested for heavy metals) and am so happy to hear this. Above all this good stuff, it has helped me lose those last sticky 7 pounds. :)

  • Venkatraman

    What is the effect of amla juice on diabetic?

  • Ali Shahzad

    Dear All, my mother is suffering with Diabetes… her sugar level is 130 to 240 please any one can help me that what should i have to do ..and can anyone tell me the uses of amla…? thanks

  • cheryl

    Dear Dr. I am diabetic, have Celiacs disease and am lactose intolerant; I just started taking Alma just 2 days ago. As far I am taking 1/3 of a teaspoon at night and it puts me to sleep within 15 minutes. Which happens to be great for since I have a poor sleep cycle. But is this a usual side effect of this herb? Thanks Cheryl

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  • Richard

    Sounds really good. Unfortunately it’s done nothing for me – I’m still
    pre-diabetic after 4 months on a Dr. G recommended varied vegan diet and
    2 tsp. per day of Amla powder. Maybe I bought a fraudulent product
    from Amazon. I’ll try another brand.

  • Debby

    Hi ,my name is Debby and my hubby about 4 weeks ago was told he has leukemia lymphoma and they just put a portal in yesterday. I was reading about the gooseberry and i was wondering how do i get it for him . I dont like the idea of kemo. Can you help me.
    Thanks Debby

  • Anna

    Hi Dr. Greger, what an enlightening find! I’m a lifelong vegetarian yet my fasting blood sugar tested 106. My “after a big meal” sugar was
    fine. The doctor said it drops down like in a very young, healthy
    individual. I’m 43. For most of the 25 years of being a vegetarian I
    have eaten a very nice, varied green and fruit diet. Some 10 years of it
    I had an occasional fresh fish. I don’t ever fry my foods, all is
    mostly fresh, I don’t eat junk foor with the exception of an occasional thing here and there. But I never obstained from sweets, not eating much but a little. The only thing I can think of as bad was about three years
    of stress and eating once a day, in the evening. I can’t understand why
    my fasting blood sugar is 106. No family history of diabetes or even per-diabetes. I am skinny, always have been, no weight fluctuations, I keep active, go to the gym. Do you have an opinion on this? I think there are planty of people like me out there yet you only mention people who don’t take care of themselves.

  • Anathan

    My name anand, age 47, i have diabetics, for 8 year, now stop medication after i consume Amla juice every morning. also consume cinnamon wt tea or coffee every day. Now have have headache, eye sight blur, no energy, leg and hand week, mouth tasteless. Its due to low blood sugar?

  • steve41337

    There are several Indian markets in Tucson. The first one I called confirmed they had powdered amla. I eventually stopped by and picked up a 3.5 ounce box (powdered amla is in a sealed bag inside the box). Be forewarned that most of the amla sold in Indian markets is labelled for use as a hair conditioner (as was the box I purchased). I was assured the product was safe to eat and the box is labelled 100% pure (perfume free and chemical free). Impressive to see stamped on the box the manufacturer’s license number, manufacture date, and use before date. Also labelled for export only. The price was only $2.49 plus local sales and is easily enough to last 3 months taking a 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp per day.

    I like the taste when added to boiled hot water to make a tea. The taste is tart but I liked it. I imagine some people would not like it. I’ve tried a full teaspoon in 6 ounces of water without any sweetener. And I’ve tried 1/2 tsp with and without 1/2 tsp sugar. I like it better unsweetened because it has the interesting characteristic to develop a sweetness ounce your mouth adapts to the tartness. A full tsp teaspoon tasted better than 1/2 tsp but I’ll adjust my dosage to not exceed 1 tsp per day. Doesn’t taste as good when mixed with an equal amount of Macuma Prurient (15% Extract Powder).

    Seeing that I want to add Alma as a daily tea (as an addition to my recent plant-based diet to combat pre-diabetes) I have already ordered here

    I am just a bit distrustful given the box I bought at the Indian store labelled to mix as a topical application for hair and scalp. Hope I’ve provided some useful info. Good Luck Everyone!

  • Brandi

    I thought that India had a high population of diabetics. Do they not know of the powers of amla on diabetes?

  • Guest

    my diabetes is causing me to have bad breath. What can I do to cure this? I purchased the Alma and have been taking it for about a week. so far no luck.

    • Joseph Gonzales R.D.

      You could try making your own mouthwash.

    • Neil

      Diabetes causes immune suppression that causes periodontists that causes one form of bad breath in diabetics. I would say close to 100% of my diabetic patients have periodontitis with halitosis.
      Most of the bacteria deposits are under the gum line away from the reach of mouth rinse. Although chlorhexidine gluconate mouthrinses have been shown effective in reducing infection of the top of the gumline, there is no evidence of mouthrinse reducing the deep chronic infection of periodontitis.
      Diabetics should be getting very regular scale and polishing…. Probably every 3 months in order to reduce the bacterial and slow down the bone attachment loss that is enviable with this condition..
      Oh yes… Regular Scaling will also make your breath smell better. And in combination with a chlorhexidine gluconate mouthrinse, you have a good chance of reducing your bad breath and keeping your teeth !

  • Janet Kirby MD

    I know someone who developed swelling and itching of lips after ingesting a small amount of Organic Amla powder daily for a few days. The symptoms went away 2 days after stopping Amla.

  • baby_grand

    I’ve been taking amla powder (organic), at least one tsp/day, sometimes 2 or 3, and it hasn’t affected my high blood sugar (137 fasting) at all. I eat plant-based diet, whole grain (very little), beans, greens, veggies, berries, nuts and ground flax seeds.