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Protective effect of Emblica officinalis (amla)

November 8, 2011

Emblica officinalis, also known as amla, is used extensively in some parts of the world as a medicinal plant and is famous for its dietary and curative uses.

Ojha et al in a scientific study investigated the protective role of E. officinalis against cardio-toxicity in an animal model. Pretreatment with E. officinalis exhibited restoration of  heart function along with significant preservation of antioxidants, myocytes-injury-specific marker enzymes and significant inhibition of lipid peroxidation.

Histopathological salvage of heart muscular tissue reconfirmed the protective effects of E. officinalis.

“Results of the present study demonstrate cardioprotective potential of E. officinalis attributed to its potent antioxidant and free radical scavenging activity as evidenced by favorable improvement in hemodynamic (blood movement), contractile function and tissue antioxidant status.”

Emblica officinalis

 


Lipid peroxidation: The process by which free radicals “steal” electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage and increased production of free radicals.
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