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Benefits of Indian Gooseberry

Another superfood with justification.  Remember when goji berries were fashionable and super healthy? Let’s look at the antioxidant levels of goji berries and compare them with Indian gooseberries.  

This fantastic study measured the total antioxidant content of more than 3100 foods, beverages, spices, herbs and supplements. https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-9-3#Sec1

Goji berries had an antioxidant content in mmol/100g of 4.31. 

Indian gooseberries had an antioxidant content in mmol/100g of 261.53 

Indian gooseberry is an important herbal “drug” in unani and auruvedic systems of medicine. Unani medicine originated in ancient Greece but is not practiced primarily in India.  Indian gooseberry is used to promote rejuvenation, healthy metabolism, digestion, healthy eyes, skin, hair, nails and youthfulness. This all sounds great and with a very high antioxidant content it is easy to see why it is used.  Let’s look at some studies to find out more. 


This study tested Indian Gooseberry (also known as amla fruit) on the skin conditions of healthy female subjects.  Results showed improvements in skin elasticity and thickness, as well as in the skin hydration and degree of wrinkles.  They concluded that “Indian gooseberry may be considered a candidate anti-aging agent for preventing skin weakening”.



In a controlled clinical trial,  normal and diabetic human volunteers showed significant improvements in blood glucose and lipid profiles. Significant decreases were observed in total cholesterol and triglycerides in both normal and diabetic volunteers in just 21 days.  Results also showed decrease in total lipids and significantly improved high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and lowered low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol levels. 



This study also showed subjects who took Indian Gooseberry supplements decrease in LDL cholesterol and also suggested improvements in endothelial function after 12 weeks. There were significant improvement in biomarkers of oxidative stress and systemic inflammation.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3735284/


A study published in 2014 looked into the anti-inflammatory effect of Indian gooseberry in rates with acute and chronic inflammation. 

They concluded that their study “clearly demonstrated that Indian gooseberry possessed potent anti-inflammatory activity and scientifically validated the traditional use of this plant for treating inflammatory disorders in the folk medicine.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4158298/

And another study looked into Indian gooseberry effects on the endothelial dysfunction, oxidative stress, systemic inflammation and lipid profile of people who had a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and obesity.  Results showed a significant improvement to endothelial function. Systemic inflammation also decreased and the lipid profile improved significantly. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6503348/ 


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