Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is a tree native to China, India and other tropical areas in Asia. The extract or powder obtained from these potent gooseberries has been primarily used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Amla contains a broad spectrum of compounds that have been shown to promote health as well as fight a number of conditions and diseases. Antioxidants Amla powder extracted from Indian gooseberry contains high levels of the antioxidant vitamin C, as well as ellagic acid, flavonoids and tannin. A 2009 article found in “Phytotherapy Research” states that these compounds reduce the harmful buildup of free radicals and reduce oxidative stress with in the body. Hair Health Amla powder can be used to promote healthy hair and make hair appear more glossy and shiny. Amla powder can be combined with water and added to shampoo.