Where Can I Buy Indian Gooseberry In The USA?
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Where To Buy Indian Gooseberry in The USA
By now, you know just how exceptional Indian gooseberry can be for your health.
It’s been to shown to lower cholesterol, blood sugar, and inflammation … and it may be used as an anti-aging cream, to keep your skin and hair looking amazing.
The question remains: Where can you purchase Indian gooseberry in the USA?
It’s not like you have your own bushes growing outside or lost in some wooded area …
The truth is:
Indian gooseberry may be hard to find in the states, due to importing cost and the stringent quality control.
But nonetheless, if you can find it then it would be wise to pick up as much as you can, and freeze it so you can use it for months to come.
What Is So Special About It?
Indian gooseberry, also known as Amla in India or Amalaki in Sanskrit, comes from a fruit bearing shrub found in India, the Middle East, and some parts of Asia.
This tiny green fruit is packed full of nutrition—making it one of the strongest superfoods around.
Yes, I called it a superfood because it tops some popular superfoods you’ve already heard about.
Indian gooseberry has:
• 75X more antioxidant power than Goji berries
• 60X more antioxidant power than pomegranate
• 50X more antioxidant power than raw blueberries
• 13X more antioxidant power than black raspberries
• 2.5X more antioxidant power than Acai berry
• 2X more antioxidant power than Turmeric
It may be the “king” of whole-food antioxidants, and may be the key ingredient to improving your health.
But it’s not just about the antioxidants found the berries. The entire tree, flower, and leaves have been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for over 5,000 years.
And according to Hindu mythology, one time when Brahma (a creator god in Hinduism) was engrossed in the meditation of Vishnu, tears started running down his face and cheeks.
Those tears were enough to germinate the tree, therefore making it the centerpiece in Hinduism.
The Nutrition Facts
Indian gooseberry is a very powerful berry. It’s loaded with powerful nutrients that may lower your cholesterol to making your hair stronger.
There seems to be nothing this tiny green fruit can’t do to protect your health.
It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and loaded with free-radical fighting polyphenols, tannins, and antioxidants.
It also contains 88 percent water, only 10 grams of carbs (which 4 grams are fiber), low in protein, and essentially fat-free.
This fruit is perfect for any diet plan, and could add tremendous benefits to losing weight or improving your risk for many chronic diseases.
But there is one issue:
Even though it contains more vitamin C than three oranges or 16 bananas…
This high vitamin C concentration could change the taste of the fruit. In fact, many people report that it is very bitter or sour to taste, which sometimes makes it impossible to eat it.
To combat this one glaring side effect of it, many people add salt, cayenne pepper, or even top it with sugar to eliminate the bitter and sour taste.
This is not a reason to skip out on eating it if you can find it. In fact, here are some impressive benefits you may see from including it in your diet.
If you’re looking for a way to improve your health, then Indian gooseberry may be the easy way to accomplish it.
You probably have already used it without even knowing it (it’s in many different hair products and dyes).
But the real benefits come from eating the fruit (or using the powder). In fact, you may see:
Improvements in blood sugar—Indian gooseberry may naturally lower your blood sugar, therefore reducing your risk for diabetes. It may stimulate insulin production, therefore keeping your blood sugar in check.
Lowers inflammation—inflammation may be the root of all chronic diseases, and is usually the byproduct of free radical damage. Thanks to the high vitamin C concentration, Indian gooseberry may scavenge free radicals, therefore reducing free radical damage and inflammation.
Improves heart health—Indian gooseberry may be just as effective as certain statin medications at lowering cholesterol and improving heart health.
Boosts weight loss—the high fiber content found in Indian gooseberry may stimulate weight loss by controlling appetite and stabilizing blood sugar. Plus, the plant-based protein found in Indian gooseberry may stimulate your metabolism to expend more calories. This could result in more weight loss.
The next question is where can you find it?
Unless you have started your own Indian gooseberry farm in your backyard, it may be very hard to find fresh it in your local grocery store, or even at farmers markets.
But there may be one place to find Indian gooseberry in the states. Oftentimes you can find frozen Indian gooseberry at local Indian markets.
Frozen Indian gooseberry is just as powerful as fresh Indian gooseberry, even though it is frozen.
Some fruit, when exposed to different temperatures, may see a drop in antioxidant power. However, thanks to the vitamin C, freezing it may protect the antioxidants, keeping them ready to protect your health.
Indian gooseberry, often referred to as Amla or Amalaki (in Sanskrit), may do wonders for improving your health.
This low calorie berry, is high in antioxidants, polyphenols, and other nutrients that could do everything from lower your cholesterol to protecting your skin and hair!
Finding fresh Indian gooseberry in the states may be hard to come by. Unless you grow your own, you may be hard-pressed to find it.
However, you may be able to find frozen Indian gooseberry at some Indian markets.
There is an even easier way to get all the benefits of it, without going on a wild goose chase.
The powder is made by drying fresh Indian gooseberry in the sunlight, and then grinding it into a fine powder.
This may increase the concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols, which could give you a high concentration of compounds to improve your health.
But not all powders are created equally. In fact, there may be only one ultra-concentrated powder on the market today, that is free from contaminants and eliminates the bitter and sour taste.
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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