Where To Buy Indian Gooseberry
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Finding somewhere to purchase Indian Gooseberry can be challenging. Even though it comes frozen…in a powdered form…and fresh, it may be very hard to find.
If you can find some Gooseberry, then you should snatch up as much as you can, and use it every day.
Because this potent berry is super powerful and may change your health for the better!
Now, before I tell you where you can find Indian gooseberry, let’s take a look at what it is, and some of the benefits you may see from this awesome super food.
What Is Indian Gooseberry?
This fruit, which is about the size of a grape, is greenish-yellow in color, but packs a boatload of nutrition in its tiny frame!
It’s normally grown in places like India, the Middle East, and some other Asian countries.
Packed with nutrients like vitamin C and A, fiber, gallic acid, ellagic acid, and other potent compounds, it packs a powerful punch on your health.
In fact, most health condition could see improvements from including this superfood in your daily nutrition plan.
Besides improving your health, Indian gooseberry may offer medicinal benefits as well. Used for over 5,000 years in ancient Ayurvedic practice, this potent berry may improve scalp health, immunity improves complexion, and may even improve skin health.
Now, like other superfoods, it may combat oxidative stress, which may lower inflammation levels in your body.
The reason why it works so well at lowering inflammation is due to the high ORAC value that is assessed to Indian gooseberry.
The ORAC value is a measure of how strong food is at combating free radical damage.
Free radicals, which are rogue cells that damage healthy cells, are one of the main causes of inflammation in your body.
And inflammation often is the first step in the disease process.
Now, most of the popular superfoods that you’re already familiar with, have a pretty high ORAC value, meaning they are pretty effective at reducing free radical damage.
However, Indian gooseberry is stronger and more effective than most of the popular superfoods, including blueberries, Acai berries, Goji berries, and Turmeric.
In fact, it is considered the “king” of whole food antioxidants! It’s just that strong.
Now, that you know a little bit about the power of Indian gooseberry, let’s take a quick look at some of the potent health benefits you may see…
The Health Benefits of Gooseberry
As you have probably guessed, there are plenty of health benefits you may see from including this into your daily nutrition plan.
Some of those benefits may include:
1. Better Heart Health
Your heart health is extremely important as you get older. That’s why it’s often recommended that you reduce risk factors to protect your heart health.
Those risk factors may include lowering your blood pressure and altering your cholesterol levels.
Well, Indian gooseberry has been shown effective at improving both. Studies show that it may naturally lower your cholesterol levels, therefore improving your overall heart health
It may also lower your blood pressure, which could reduce your risk for a stroke or even a heart attack.
2. Better Blood Sugar Control
When you’re on a diet, there’s a good chance that you’re going to cut certain foods—namely sugar.
But there’s only one issue with that:
This could lead to cravings that could be so strong that it could ruin your diet plan. Now, one of the main issues that cause cravings is out-of-control blood sugar levels.
Indian gooseberry, which contains chromium and other helpful compounds, could stabilize your blood sugar levels, therefore keeping your cravings for sugary foods at bay.
Plus, the more stable your blood sugar is, the less likely it will be that you could develop diabetes.
3. Boosts Kidney Health
As you get older, your kidney health may start to decline. And this could lead to poor kidney function and kidney stones.
However, since Indian gooseberry is loaded with vitamin C, it may protect your kidney health.
Studies have linked high vitamin C consumption with a lower risk for kidney stones. Plus, since its high in water, it could flush your kidneys, therefore eliminating waste and toxins in your blood.
This could lead to improvements in kidney health.
4. Boosts Appetite
Although not fully understood, eating Indian gooseberry before a meal could boost your appetite.
In fact, many people around the world with a poor appetite have seen tremendous improvements in appetite by adding the powder form with honey and butter.
5. Better Vision and Eye Health
In case you didn’t know, Indian gooseberries are a great source of carotene, which has been linked to improvements in vision health.
This one nutrient may boost your vision health, lower your risk for developing cataracts and lead to better vision health.
But Indian gooseberry goes one step further. Since it also contains vitamin A, it may prevent macular degeneration from occurring in older adults.
Where Can You Find It?
Unless you’re a master gardener, and you’re growing your own Indian gooseberry plant, you may be wondering where you can find it in the US.
It may be very difficult to find Indian gooseberry here in the US. Due to high import costs or the fact that it might not meet strict US custom standards, finding it fresh in the US may be quite difficult.
However, in large cities, like New York, California, or Chicago, you may be able to find some fresh, frozen, or even powered Indian gooseberry in some Indian marketplaces.
It may be quite expensive, so it would be best to purchase fresh it in bulk and freezing it for later.
But finding powdered Indian gooseberry is a much easier prospect. The powder, which is made from gooseberries that have been naturally dried in the sun, may contain all the powerful antioxidant compounds you would expect to see from raw Indian gooseberries.
The sun may naturally increase the concentration of antioxidants in the powder, therefore adding more benefits to your health.
And the higher the concentration of antioxidants, the more likely it will be that you could flush your body with compounds that could improve your health and may prevent certain health conditions.
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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