Health Benefits of Goose Berries

Health Benefits of Goose Berries by Deana Steele

Goose Berries

Gooseberries are a fruit grown widely in India and are also known as the amla berry. You will find amla in the health foods stores in many wholefood vitamin supplements because it is an excellent source of vitamin C (20 times that of oranges) even after it has been dried.

Vitamin C is one of the body’s most powerful antioxidants. Regular consumption of antioxidants decreases oxidative stress on all parts of the body and slow the signs of aging. Amla is said to be liver protective because of a significant amount of super-oxide dismutase, another powerful antioxidant.

Gooseberries have been shown to help people who suffer from complications from kidney disease as well. The berry offers a diuretic effect helping the body flush any waste, like urea, out of the body.

Digestion

Amla berries are used in Ayurveda because the berry can be very supportive to the digestion process by making the nutrients extracted from your food more absorbable in the intestine. The Vitamin C content helps with iron absorption too.

Inflammation

The gooseberries offer you an anti-inflammatory effect due to the flavones and anthocyanins. Inflammation can happen anywhere in the body; in our joints, intestinal tract, liver and even in our cardiovascular system. By reducing inflammation in our bodies we allow our bodies to focus energy on healing and reduce the pain associated with inflammation.

Goosberries can provide you with heart healthy benefits as it helps your body rid itself of extra cholesterol floating around in your blood stream. This effect will also reduce your chances of gallstones.

There is so much to say about this super-berry and I challenge you to research it further if you are interested. Take advantage of the opportunity to grow the gooseberry if you have the space.

 

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Deana Steele, RHN  Digestion Specialist

Deana Steele is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Digestion Specialist trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She believes that optimum health begins with a properly functioning digestive system. Her philosophy is to empower her clients with the knowledge to improve their overall health through optimum digestive function, lifestyle and superior nutrition. Find more great digestive support at www.deanasteele.com


This information is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your trusted healthcare practitioner prior to making any changes.
References: 

Chen, Tung-Sheng, Show-Yih Liou, and Yen-Lin Chang. "Supplementation of Emblica officinalis (Amla) extract reduces oxidative stress in uremic patients."The American journal of Chinese medicine 37.01 (2009): 19-25.

Thankitsunthorn, S., et al. "Effects of drying temperature on quality of dried Indian Gooseberry powder." International Food Research Journal 16.3 (2009): 355-361.

Theertham Pradyumna Rao, Takayuki Okamoto, Nobuyuki Akita, Tatsuya Hayashi, Naomi Kato-Yasuda, Koji Suzuki.  “Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) extract inhibits lipopolysaccharide-induced procoagulant and pro-inflammatory factors in cultured vascular endothelial cells.”  British Journal of Nutrition, 7 June 2013.

Antony, B., M. Benny, and T. N. B. Kaimal. "A Pilot clinical study to evaluate the effect of Emblica officinalis extract (Amlamax™) on markers of systemic inflammation and dyslipidemia." Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry 23.4 (2008): 378-381.