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There’s a good chance you’ve may not have heard of gooseberries before. In fact, before I started doing my research, I had never heard of this special fruit before.
That’s because it’s not one of the more popular fruits that people turn to when they want to improve their health.
Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are fruits that most people turn to when they want to see major health improvements.
But they need to watch out … the gooseberry has already found a home as THE strongest whole-food antioxidant, rivaling those others in sheer health improving power.
What Is The Gooseberry?
In case you didn’t know, gooseberries are a type of shrub that grows a tiny greenish-colored berry. Although there are different types of gooseberries (that elicit different health responses), the one that we are referring to today is the Indian gooseberries.
Indian gooseberry, also known as Amla, is grown in different parts of India, the Middle East, and some parts of southern Asia.
This tiny green fruit, although very bitter and sour to taste, has been used for thousands of years in India as both a health-improving fruit and as a medicine.
Gooseberries have a long history in Ayurvedic medicine as a way to treat many different health conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Plus, men and women in India have used to succulent fruit as a way to stay younger, improve their complexion and skin health, and to lengthen and strengthen their hair.
The high concentration is vitamin C and is what gives it the bitter and sour taste when drinking the juice or even eating the fruit raw.
But don’t be fooled …
The Indian gooseberry is an extremely powerful fruit and one that should be included in your daily nutrition plan.
Amla may possess:
• 75X more antioxidant power than Goji berries
• 60X more antioxidant power than pomegranates
• 50X more antioxidant power than blueberries
• 13X the antioxidant power of black raspberries
• 2.5X the antioxidant power of Acai berries
But the antioxidant power doesn’t stop there. Amla may be stronger than some popular herbs and spices that have been shown to improve your health.
In fact, gooseberries may possess more antioxidant power that oregano and 2X the power of Turmeric.
Can you see now why gooseberries are considered by many to be the “king” of whole-food antioxidants?
Just like all the other berries, gooseberries are great sources of easily digested carbs, which could improve your health.
Plus, they are also a great source of fiber, which lend a hand in improving digestion and regularity.
But the true power of this tiny fruit lies in the high concentration of vitamin C and other potent polyphenol and antioxidants.
Gooseberries are very low in calories and contain traces of protein and fats, which makes it a perfect addition to any low-calorie diets or for those who are looking to lose weight to improve their health.
In just one cup of gooseberries, you’re only getting 66 calories, but 6.4 grams of fiber.
That’s pretty impressive for such a tiny berry! But here’s how gooseberries are going to improve your health:
The rich concentration of vitamin C! Gooseberries contains so much vitamin C, you would need to eat two oranges just to get the same dose of vitamin C that you would find in gooseberries.
Are gooseberry supps the same as raw gooseberries or even the juice?
The answer is yes! In order to make the powder for the gooseberry supps, raw gooseberries are dried naturally in the sunlight, to preserve all the powerful antioxidants.
In fact, it may increase the concentration of the antioxidants, therefore adding to your overall health improvements. Once dried, the gooseberries are then crushed into a powdered form and packaged for your consumption.
So you’re getting all the antioxidants and polyphenols you would see in raw gooseberries or fresh gooseberry juice, just in a simpler and most effective method of delivery.
The Health Benefits of Supplements
There are many different health improvements you may see from using the supplements.
Those benefits may include:
1. Improved Weight Loss
In order to lose weight, you need to monitor your calorie intake. Taking in fewer calories then you burn, will often result in greater weight and body fat loss.
That’s why it’s often recommended that you replace higher calories food with lower calorie, most nutrient dense food options like the supplements.
The high fiber content may help fill you up, therefore boosting meal satisfaction.
This could prevent you from eating more, therefore cutting down on your total caloric intake for the day.
This, over time, could lead to more weight and body fat lost.
There are many people who have a hard time staying regular during the week. And this could lead to constipation, gas, and bloating.
But thanks to the fiber found in gooseberries, staying regular will no longer be an issue.
3. Protects Your Heart
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women around the world. That’s why it’s important to protect your heart by lowering your total and LDL cholesterol numbers.
And gooseberries may help! Studies show that gooseberries may be just as effective as some common statin medications at lowering both LDL (your bad) and total cholesterol numbers—without adding any nasty side effects like statin medications.
Plus, gooseberry supps may also lower blood pressure, therefore adding another benefit to protecting your heart health.
4. Boosts Your Immune System
Your immune system is what keeps you healthy and free from pesky colds or the flu. But some people have a weak immune system, therefore making it easier to catch a cold or develop the flu.
But these supplements may boost your immunity, therefore keeping colds and the flu at bay. Gooseberries are a rich source of vitamin C, which could help neutralize the harmful bacteria or viruses that could make you sick.
If you want to look and feel younger, even as the years pass by, then these supplements are your answer.
Packed full of antioxidants and vitamin E, gooseberries may protect your skin from sunlight damage, while promoting collagen production.
The result is a more youthful appearance.
The Take Home Message
Gooseberries are considered by many to the “king” of whole-food antioxidants. And for good reason:
These potent little berries contain more antioxidant power compared to other popular superfoods.
These supplements may provide a high concentration of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B and E, and ellagic acid, and other powerful nutrients that could protect and improve your health.
These supplements can even improve your weight loss, digestion, immunity, regularity, and may even keep you looking and feeling younger than you really are.
That’s why it’s important, for your health, that you consider adding these gooseberry supps to your daily nutrition plan.
Is This The #1 Gooseberry On The Market Today For Improving Your 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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