Amla. Amla, the indian gooseberry, has been used in ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It has more vitamin c than limes do. Some evidence suggests that the fruit and juice may lower total serum cholesterol, ldl, triglycerides, and phospholipids without affecting HDL levels; and it may have positive effects on atherosclerosis. The juice may also be antimicrobial, antimutagenic, and antioxidant.