Indian Gooseberry Health Benefits
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Let’s take another email from the mailbag. This one comes from Laura, and she wants to know what Indian gooseberry benefits she might see from using it every day.
Let’s take a look:
I am interested in trying Indian gooseberry, but don’t know where to begin, or even what Indian gooseberry could do for me, and my body. Could you let me know?
Well, Laura, that’s a great question.
There is no doubt that Amla could do wonders for your health. In fact, I am sure that if you were to start taking Amla, say tomorrow, within a few days or even a week, you could start to see some pretty cool changes.
With that being said, let’s take a look at what Indian gooseberry is, and then we will talk about what it can do for your health.
What Is Indian Gooseberry?
Indian gooseberry, also known as Amla in India or Amalaki in Sanskrit, is a small, greenish berry that packs quite the antioxidant punch.
Not only is it STRONG, the health benefits speak for themselves.
This fruit, which is grown in India, the Middle East, and other countries, is often picked in the fall season, when the fruit is at its ripest.
Although relatively small, this fruit packs a wallop when it comes to your health.
Thanks, in part to its antioxidant properties, this fruit may single-handedly raise the antioxidant capacity in your body.
This means that damage from free radicals (rogue cells that destroy healthy cells) could be held to a minimum.
And when damage is held to a minimum, then inflammation, damage to DNA, and chronic diseases could also be held at bay.
Indian gooseberries are also known for something else …
Indian gooseberries have been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for over 5,000 years. It’s been used to treat hair and skin issues, as well as to prevent diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Even the tree, leaves, and roots have their own tradition in Indian culture. There may be nothing this fruit can’t improve—and we are about to show you that…
The powerful Indian gooseberry benefits are very impressive. Not only could it improve your antioxidant capacity, it could prevent rogue cells from destroying healthy tissue.
Here are some other health benefits you could see from using Indian gooseberry every day:
1. Stronger Immune System
Each year, there are more people who come down with a cold or the flu. And it’s not fun.
Normally, your immune system is able to fight off toxins and bacteria that could make you sick. But sometimes your immune system needs a boost.
Indian gooseberry, which is a natural immune booster, contains some powerful nutrients that could keep you healthy.
Besides being a highly concentrated source of vitamin C, it also contains a fair amount of vitamin A, polyphenols, alkaloids, and flavonoids.
How does it improve your immune system? Studies show that Indian gooseberry may increase white blood cell production, which could eliminate pathogens, bacteria, and foreign toxins that could make you sick.
2. Aids in Digestion
Ever had acid reflux? How about burps, cramps, bloating, or other distressing symptoms associated with poor gut health?
Well worry no more. Indian gooseberries, which are very high in fiber, may improve digestion. Not only does the fiber add bulk to your stools (keeps you regular), it also stimulates the secretion of digestive juices, so it’s easier to break down food particles.
Recent studies have also shown that Indian gooseberry powder was a great way to absorb water, which reduces constipation symptoms, and could even protect you from cancers associated with your colon.
3. Heart Diseases Prevention
As you know, heart disease is one of the biggest killers of men and women around the world.
In fact, one out of every four people could be next in line for a heart-related complication, or death.
Most berries, like Indian gooseberries, have been associated with improvements in heart health.
Indian gooseberries, in particular, may improve heart health by reducing excess cholesterol buildup. This could leave room for chromium to provide a vital role for your heart.
Chromium has been shown to reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis and plaque buildup, which could lower your risk for heart attacks or strokes.
Studies have also shown that Indian gooseberry may be just as effective as Simvastatin at reducing cholesterol levels.
4. Acts as a Natural Diuretic
There is a good chance your body is loaded with toxins. And these toxins could be making you sick, destroying your health, or even causing weight gain.
Your liver does a relatively good job of eliminating toxins, but there is another way.
Your kidneys also filter out toxins and chemicals from your body. Indian gooseberries, which are high in water, could increase the frequency and volume of urine that you put out.
This could eliminate those unwanted toxins from your body, plus could get rid of excess salt, uric acid, and water from your body.
This could act as a natural detoxifier, therefore keeping your kidneys and liver healthy.
5. Potent Anti-Aging Nutrient
As I mentioned before, free radicals create havoc, which could damage your DNA and healthy cells.
This could speed up the aging process, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, deep “laugh” lines, and other skin blemishes.
Indian gooseberries are packed full of vitamin C, and other antioxidants that have been shown to scavenge free radicals and reduce free radical damage.
This could slow the aging process, therefore giving you younger, tighter, and
toner looking skin.
6. Prevention of Diabetes
There are a number of people who are suffering from diabetes. This disease, which impacts over 100 million people worldwide, is associated with out-of-control blood sugar, or the inability to use insulin.
Indian gooseberry, however, it a great source of chromium. This potent mineral may naturally lower blood sugar levels, therefore reducing your risk for diabetes, or helping to control blood sugar numbers for those with diabetes.
Studies also show a high vitamin C intake, could be associated with a lower risk for diabetes. And, since Indian gooseberries contain a high concentration of vitamin C, it could reduce the risk for developing diabetes.
Final Thoughts On Indian Gooseberries...
As you know, Indian gooseberry is a very powerful fruit that could add tremendous benefits to your health.
Chock full of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this fruit can do wonders for reducing your risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other deadly conditions.
Even though it’s very bitter or sour to taste (thanks to the high vitamin C levels), that shouldn’t stop you from indulging in Indian gooseberries, either raw or in powdered form.
If you’re looking to reap the Indian gooseberry benefits for yourself, then finding a way to get this powerful powder, or fruit should be your first priority.
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.
- Kevin DiDonato