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Amalaki Panaka (Indian Gooseberry Drink)

Boost your immunity with Ayurvedic Indian Gooseberry Drink

Food plays pivotal role in maintenance of good health.

According to Ayurveda, the nutritious value of the food we consume depends on many factors. To get the most benefit out of food, one must eat with all the senses and mind (manas) and enjoy the food. 

Ayurveda teaches you to embrace the food and let the prana (energy) from the food be part of your body, your system. 

Today let’s talk about boosting the innate healing power of our body aka immune system by using Ayurvedic herbs.

Keeping your immune system healthy year-round is key to preventing infection and disease. Making healthy lifestyle choices by consuming nutritious foods and getting enough sleep and exercise are the most important ways to bolster your immune system.

Amla or Phyllanthus emblica is an accepted immune booster herb in medical community. There are so many ways to take amla and include it in your diet.

AMALAKI PANAKA (Indian Gooseberry Drink) 

Panaka are our traditional health drinks with natural ingredients. Panaka can be prepared with nutritional fruits or roots and diluted with boiled, cooled water with sugar, jaggery, salt, and honey as required.

Boost your immunity with Ayurvedic Indian Gooseberry Drink

Ingredients Quantity

  • Amalaki, Indian gooseberry
  • (Phyllanthus emblica) – 1/2 kg
  • Tala/Kharjura guda, (Palm/date jaggery) or sugar – 1 kg
  • Dry ginger powder – 5 gm
  • Finely powdered cardamom – 5 gm
  • Honey – as needed
  • Total quantity: 6-7 glasses (1-1.2 litre)

Method of preparation

First of all steam cook the gooseberries, grind them into a paste after deseeding extract juice. After adding a bit more water (300 ml), the pulp can again be squeezed to get more juice. Palm sugar is made into syrup by boiling in 200 ml water. Sugar or jaggery can be added if palm sugar is not available. Mix it with the prepared gooseberry juice. Stir the solution well and panaka is ready.

Health benefits

It can be used as a healthy soft drink as it acts as immediate energy  supplement. It is rich source of calcium, potassium, vitamin C, B complex and antioxidants. It is good for osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis, anemia, peptic ulcer, urinary tract infection, dysentery and high blood pressure.

Contradictions

Diabetes mellitus as it contains sugar/jaggery/honey.

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