Gooseberry Powder Benefits
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
This powerful fruit, Indian gooseberry, Amla, or Amalaki…whatever you want to call it, is something that could have some pretty dramatic impacts on your health.
Although native to India, the Middle East, and other Asian countries, it may be hard to find fresh or frozen gooseberry.
And this is why most people use gooseberry —since it has such powerful benefits.
Benefits of Gooseberry
This berry is chock full of helpful compounds may improve your health—from the inside out.
That’s why it’s important for you to include gooseberry into your daily nutrition plan.
But it’s not just about the antioxidants…
Indian gooseberry powder health benefits may include many different medicinal benefits.
Yes, you heard me right…
Some benefits of Gooseberry Powder may include medicinal benefits. This fruit is by far the most mentioned fruit in Ayurvedic medicine, simply because of the benefits, it could have on your health.
These benefits include..
1. Boosts Immunity
As you may remember from biology class, your immune system is there to protect you from nasty toxins, viruses, and bacteria that could make you sick.
However, sometimes your immune system is weak therefore you may be more susceptible to getting sick.
One gooseberry health benefits may be a stronger immune system. Thanks to the powerful antioxidants, gooseberry could scavenge the free radicals that could destroy your immune system.
AND…it may also boost white blood cells, which are the main defenders in your body against dangerous pathogens.
2. Diabetes Control
Diabetes is a lifestyle disease highlighted by both high blood sugar and the inability to use insulin efficiently to lower blood sugar.
This is why most diabetics monitor their carb intake—to be sure they are controlling blood sugar effectively.
However, if they only knew this little gooseberry health benefit.
Gooseberry powder contains chromium, which is a mineral that has been shown to naturally lower blood sugar levels.
Not only does it help to lower blood sugar, it may also boost the production of insulin, which could unlock your cells to receiving the extra blood sugar that is floating around in your blood.
With lower blood sugar, you may have a lower risk for developing diabetes, and if you already have it, have a much easier time controlling your blood sugar levels.
3. Natural Diuretic
Sometimes you hold on to water, which gives you a bloated look. That’s why you need a way to get rid of that excess water before it becomes a health issue.
Gooseberry, which is a natural diuretic, may flush water from your body, by increasing the volume and frequency of your output.
This could protect your kidneys and liver by eliminating toxins that could be trapped in your body.
4. Gives You Luscious Looking Hair
There are many people who suffer from hair and scalp issues. They may have dry, brittle, or thinning hair, dry scalp, or even issues with dandruff.
But luckily, gooseberry could help! By mixing gooseberry powder with water to make a paste, you could add a natural conditioner to your hair.
This could add volume and sheen…add texture and shine to it.
Plus, it may help you regrow hair. Studies show that some of the compounds found in gooseberry could stimulate hair follicles, which could lead to hair growth.
And it acts as a natural conditioner, keeping your scalp cool and supple, which could prevent dandruff from occurring.
5. Provides Anti-Aging Benefits
One sure sign that you have free radicals coursing through your body is wrinkles, age spots, dry skin, and other skin blemishes.
You see, when free radicals damage the DNA in your cells, it could cause premature aging to occur.
But gooseberry could help alleviate—and possibly even REVERSE—premature aging.
The vitamin C found in gooseberry could scavenge free radicals, therefore preventing damage to healthy cells.
And the fewer free radicals you have, the younger you may look and feel. By applying gooseberry powder as a mask, you could eliminate age spots, wrinkles, and most importantly, dry skin.
6. Boosts Eye Health
As you get older, the health of your eyes may start to diminish. And this could lead to conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts.
However, two vitamins—carotene and vitamin A—have been shown to improve eyesight and reduce the risk for cataracts and macular degeneration.
Gooseberry powder contains plenty of carotene and vitamin A, making it a perfect addition to improving age-related declines in your vision.
7. Improved Absorption of Calcium
Calcium, a mineral needed to build stronger bones, may have a hard time being absorbed by your body. This could lead to weak bones, teeth, and nails, and could even impact the health of your hair.
Gooseberry, however, could improve your ability to absorb calcium. This could help your body build strong, healthy bones and teeth.
8. Reduces Menstrual Pain
Most women who experience PMS complain of pain, headaches, cramping, bloating, and other conditions that may make them uncomfortable.
According to multiple sources, the vitamins and minerals found in gooseberry could reduce the discomfort you experience during PMS.
9. Relieves Diarrhea and Constipation
Gooseberry powder is a great source of fiber. Not only does this fiber help keep you regular, it reduces your risk for constipation, by adding bulk to your stools, therefore keeping diarrhea and constipation at bay.
In fact, a study recently published showed gooseberry to be a natural remedy for diarrhea and dysentery.
10. Aids Digestion
If you’ve every experience burps, heartburn, cramping, and bloating, then your digestive system may not be working effectively.
And this could lead to issues in your body.
However, thanks to the fiber and antioxidants found in gooseberry powder, digestive issues may no longer be an issue.
Studies show that gooseberry powder may increase digestive activity, especially gastric acid secretion, which could make digesting food a lot easier, and it may improve the absorbability of nutrients by your body.
The Take Home Message
Gooseberry, which is a powerful fruit native to India and other Asian countries, is very powerful and may provide many different health benefits.
From anti-aging properties to improved hair and skin health, gooseberry powder may do it all.
This powder has also been used as a type of medicine for over 5,000 years to improve heart, brain, eye, gut, and overall health.
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.
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