Height is a great virtue that most people like to possess. Being taller provides us with a sense of confidence. People with a shorter height, on the other hand, usually have a low self-esteem and feel conscious about their appearance.

This is why; people are always trying to find ways to increase their height. Even parents are often eager to know different ways that could increase the height of their children.

While the most common ways adopted to increase height include exercises like cycling and playing basketball or badminton, some people also rely on natural methods.

Among the most popular natural ways to increase your height is Amla.

You must have head people recommending amla to those trying to increase their height. But does amla really work? Does it actually increase your height?

If you are eager to find answers to these questions, keep reading. We will begin with learning what exactly amla is and whether it can actually help to increase height. We will also have a look at how and when it works and the right ways to use it.

What is amla?

Amla, also called Indian gooseberry, is a fruit tree growing naturally in several parts of Asia, particularly India.

Amla is known by 2 scientific names: Emblica Officinalis and Phyllanthus Emblica.

Amla is revered for its culinary and medicinal uses. This fruit provides a rich source of vitamin C and is often purported to possess potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and heart-health benefits.

This small tree glows with yellowish-green flowers, which blossom into small, round, light green colored edible fruits. The fruits are just about the size of a golf ball and have a seed and a very thin peel. The peel can be eaten along with the pulp and need not be removed. The taste of amla is often described as sour, astringent, and bitter.

Amla is commonly used in cooking in India. A number of supplements available in the market today are made of the dried fruit, which is later powdered to make it easier for consumption. Fruit extracts of amla are usually prepared by processing the pulp to make it last longer.

When we talk of the benefits of amla, they are assumed to be linked to the fruit of this plant. However, you will be surprised to know that not just the fruit but even the other parts of this plant such as the seeds and leaves possess unique therapeutic properties. [1]

Let us now move on to learn whether amla can actually help to increase height and how it works. We will have a look at the different medicinal properties of this super fruit and check whether it could help support the body’s growth and development and help you become taller.

Can amla help to increase height?

The role of amla in the management of congenital heart diseases

Children born with congenital heart disease often fail to attain the full adult height that they are expected to based on their genetic makeup. So, children with congenital heart anomalies may grow to be shorter even if their parents are tall.

Studies have shown that children with congenital heart diseases may develop or grow more slowly compared to other children. For example, they may look thinner, younger, and frailer than the other children of the same age. The height and weight of these children are also lower than most other children of their age. 

In such cases, the use of amla might be beneficial, especially if the heart anomaly has led to a considerable impact on the nutritional status of the body’s organs and tissues.

Nutritional deficiencies are considered the major contributors to the issues related to growth and development in children suffering from congenital heart diseases.

The primary function of the heart is to pump blood efficiently so that the nutrients like vitamins and minerals reach all organs and tissues. However, in children with congenital heart anomalies, the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently due to which the blood flow to vital organs is reduced.

This may result in the lack of proper supply of essential minerals like calcium and vitamins like vitamin D to the bones. These 2 nutrients are vital for the proper growth and development of bone tissues.

The inadequate supply of these nutrients can slow down the growth of the bones during the crucial years of the child’s physical development due to which he or she may grow to be shorter.

Hence, parents of children diagnosed with congenital heart anomalies need to consider the nutritional loss that occurs in this manner and adopt measures to support the proper growth of the bones.

Some studies have revealed that the pulp of amla contains calcium. So, supplementing with amla or including this fruit in the regular diet of the child might help to meet the nutritional needs of the body and support the growth of the bones to some extent.

This is expected to help children avoid the loss of height that occurs due to the inadequate supply of calcium to the bones, though only to some extent. [2]

Moreover, in children with congenital heart anomalies, the heart has to pump blood faster to meet the body’s needs. So, the child needs extra calories and nutrients to grow and maintain a healthy weight.

This is another reason why parents need to improve the overall intake of nutrients of the child and include nutritionally dense foods like Amla in his or her diet. [3]

Amla fruit might also be directly helpful in these cases, thanks to its ability to improve heart functions.

Regular use of amla is linked to a lower risk of heart diseases. It may also reduce the chances of developing complications linked to cardiac dysfunctions such as hypertension and congestive cardiac failure.

These benefits of amla might help to minimize the impact of the congenital anomaly on the growth of the child and help him or her avoid the reduction in height cause due to this condition. [4] [5]

The efficacy of amla in preventing thyroid dysfunctions

Thyroid dysfunctions are the common causes of slower growth and development in children.

Young girls and boys who stuff from hypothyroidism are likely to have slower growth due to which their adult height is reduced.

Studies have shown that the use of amla could be beneficial for patients diagnosed with thyroid dysfunctions. It would restore the healthy functions of this gland and enable the tissues, especially the bones, to grow efficiently.

Results of a study have revealed that the use of amla is particularly effective for the management of hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism occurs due to the reduced secretion of thyroid hormones like T3 and T4 in the thyroid gland. The imbalances in the levels of these hormones may lead to a cascading effect on the secretion of other hormones in the body due to which the growth of the bones can get severely affected.

Regular use of amla might help to improve the functions of the thyroid and enhance the secretion of T3 and T4 hormones thereby enabling the child to grow at a normal rate. [6]

How does amla help to prevent brain tumors?

Amla is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. It is enriched with a high amount of vitamin C, which itself is known for its antioxidant properties. [7]

The antioxidant action of vitamin C in amla could be one of the factors that might help to increase your height.

Antioxidants are molecules that protect your body against the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are released during various metabolic processes. The release of a large number of free radicals can cause damage to healthy tissues due to which they lose their ability to divide in a controlled manner.

As a result, the growth of the organs is disrupted with the cells dividing at a rapid rate.

However, the rapid division of cells only gives rise to a large number of cells being produced in the organ causing it to become larger in size. However, these new cells produced in an abnormal manner do not get enough time to attain complete maturity. So, they remain immature creating a burden on the nutritional supply of the organ.

The rapid growth of the tissues of the organ in this manner, with most of the cells being immature and hence, of no use, can trigger the development of cancer or tumor. 

The growth of a tumor in the brain is one of the common causes of slower growth and development in children.

The tumor mass can affect the functions of the brain by creating pressure on the vital parts of this organ. As a result, the processes involved in the growth of tissues, especially the bones, are hampered due to which the child may grow to be shorter in height.

The use of amla could be beneficial in such cases. Studies have shown that amla is loaded with several phytochemicals including tannins and flavonoids that could produce a strong antioxidant defense and play a role in cancer prevention. [8]

The natural antioxidant properties of amla might help to destroy free radicals. It would restore the normal processes involved in cell division thereby inhibiting the formation of immature cells or a tumor mass.

This would enhance the normal growth and development functions regulated by the brain allowing the body tissues like bones to grow at a normal rate. This might help to prevent the reduction in height in children diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Research studies have revealed that the extracts of Indian gooseberry are effective in destroying different types of cancer cells, such as the breast, ovarian, cervical, and lung cancers making it one of the most powerful natural remedies for preventing cancers that may or may not affect the height. [9]

How does the anti-lipidemic property of amla help to increase height?

Dyslipidaemia is not commonly associated with the growth and development of children.

However, recent years have witnessed a sharp rise in the number of children being diagnosed with dyslipidemia. This trend could be blamed on the unhealthy dietary practices of young children and their tendency to eat junk foods or the lack of nutrients in their diet.

Moreover, dyslipidemia is commonly linked to the poor growth of children.

Amla has shown immense potential in the management of dyslipidemia. It would maintain healthy lipid levels in the blood and help children avoid the effects of dyslipidemia on their growth. [10]

The antioxidant, hepatoprotective, and anti-inflammatory properties of this fruit would help to enhance the functions of the liver and thus, inhibit a rise in the level of bad or LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. [11] [12]

These benefits of amla could allow children to avoid using conventional treatments commonly recommended for the management of dyslipidemia such as statins.

Statins are the groups of drugs used to maintain normal levels of cholesterol in the blood. However, a long-term use of statins can affect the growth of children and reduce their height.

Switching to safer and natural methods of treatment for dyslipidemia such as amla would help children avoid the side effects of statins and thus, help them grow naturally.

The role of amla in improving digestion

The use of amla might be helpful for improving height in children who are suffering from chronic digestive issues.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of this fruit could protect the intestinal mucosa against damage by free radicals and the pro-inflammatory substances such as cytokines and interleukins released by the immune cells.

This would help to support the normal functions of the intestine including the breakdown and absorption of nutrients. These benefits of amla would ensure the nutrients from the diet are not lost and instead, absorbed into the blood efficiently thus ensuring the bones receive enough amount of calcium they need to grow. [13] [14]

These effects of amla could be linked to an increase in height primarily by preventing the slowing down of the growth due to malnutrition.

How to use amla?

Amla can be used in several different ways. It can be consumed as a whole. Amla fruits are very small in size. Each fruit is just about 3 to 4 cm in diameter. So, it is safe to eat amla as a whole fruit just like you eat oranges or grapes.

However, you need to be careful about the seed. You can discard the seeds after eating away the pulp of this fruit.

However, since this fruit is very sour, you might find it difficult to eat it raw. You can try to chop it into smaller pieces and eat it slowly to avoid the extremely sour taste.

You can chew on to these pieces of amla as and when you feel like any time of the day just like you chew on candies. This would not just help you derive the natural medicinal benefits of this wonder fruit, but also provide a sense of gratification that comes from eating sweet and sour candies.

Another way to use amla to increase height is to drink amla juice. Amla juice and concentrate are easily available nowadays in supermarkets and online stores.

You can also make amla juice at home. You just need to chop the pulp of amla into smaller pieces and grind them to make a pulp. Then, strain the pulp and add water to it and drink it immediately.

It is advisable to add amla concentrate to warm water as it might help to improve the health benefits this fruit offers. You may store the excess amla juice in the refrigerator and use it as and when needed.

You can also add a tablespoon of honey to amla juice if you prefer a sweeter taste. Some people add a pinch of black pepper powder or cinnamon powder to amla juice to enhance its flavor. You can choose the seasoning based on your specific preferences. However, it is not advisable to add sugars, especially if you have a tendency to gain weight.

Amla can also be included in cooking. It can be used to make jams and spreads.

There are several ways to include amla in your regular diet. You can add amla to your fitness routine and exercises aimed at increasing height to derive faster and better results. The natural medicinal properties of this wonder fruit would enhance the body’s growth and development and help you attain a better height.

How often do you need to consume amla?

Though the medicinal properties of amla are strong enough to help you become a bit taller, the effects may not be adequate for reducing the impact of your genes on your final height.

If your parents are shorter, the genes you have inherited from them would naturally cause you to be shorter in height. And since genes are the most powerful determinants of the height of any person, the method you use to increase your height has to be equally or more powerful and applied consistently.

This is why; if you plan to use amla for increasing your height, make sure you use it on a regular basis.

You may eat about 2 or 3 amla fruits a day or drink a glass of amla juice once or twice a day to derive the health benefits of these small wonders.

When consumed regularly, this natural height-growth treatment recommended by Ayurveda would help in increasing your height and even reduce your weight. It may also help in managing thyroid-related issues that are known to influence height and growth negatively.

You might need to use amla over several months to years to derive its height-increasing benefits.

Also, the ability of amla to increase height is limited to children who are still in their growth years. Hence, fully grown adult men and women would not be able to notice any change in their height from using this fruit.

They can still use amla to lose weight, restore hormonal balance, avoid thyroid issues, support digestive functions, and enjoy other health benefits these tiny wonders offer.

Conclusion

It is possible to increase your height to some extent by using Amla. The powerful medicinal properties of this fruit would help to protect the organs that produce hormones needed to regulate growth and development. It is also considered healthy for the bones and muscle tissues.

However, while these effects of amla are good enough to help you become taller, this fruit may not be effective enough for negating the effect of genetic completely.

So, do not expect miracles when you start using amla. While this fruit can definitely support the specific activities linked to increasing height, it would not do much to block the effect of your genes.

Hence, your genetic make-up will still be a major determinant of your final height. But, adding amla to your diet and exercising regularly might still be useful as it could add a bit of extra length to your height. And that extra length might make a huge difference to your overall personality and your self-confidence!

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I am a doctor and working as a research based Medical Writer and Editor for more than 8 years. Passion for writing and an excellent medical background are my strong points. I love to combine my two passions into a profession wherein I can write professional articles in the field of medicine, health, and nutrition.​