Gooseberries are a good source of essential nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese and dietary fiber. High concentrations of vitamin C in gooseberries helps the body recover from illness. Use these precious berries to prepare pickles, chutneys, juices, smoothies, fruit deserts or serve in cooked sauces for rich meat like roast duck.
Health benefits of gooseberries:
Helps fight the cold
Gooseberries is a reservoir of vitamin C, which helps relieve a cold and runny nose. It has been found that vitamin C in gooseberries is absorbed more easily by the body as compared to the vitamin C supplements available in the market. So, why buy tasteless supplements, if You can have a handful of delicious gooseberries?
Studies have shown that the carotene in gooseberries improves vision. Daily consumption has also been linked to improvement in overall eye health as gooseberries can reduce cataract problems, intraocular tension (the pressure you feel) as well as prevent reddening, itching, and watering of eyes. Gooseberry is also rich in Vitamin A that lowers the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
This is the least talked-about yet most exciting benefit of gooseberries. A protein present in gooseberries helps prevent cravings. Gooseberries also has a very low carbohydrate and fat content.A single serving i.e. (150 g) of gooseberries contains 66 calories, 1 gram protein, less than 1 g of fat and 15 g carbohydrates. Regular consumers say drinking a glass of gooseberries juice before a meal fills them up and makes them eat less.
Nutritionists say gooseberries boosts metabolism too, making one shed weight faster. Gooseberries has high fiber content and acids like tannic which help relieve constipation and make you look less bloated.
- Builds immunityGooseberries antibacterial and astringent properties boost one’s immune system. A significant number of health problems including cancer are caused by oxidative damage –when body cells use oxygen, they leave behind harmful by-products called free radicals. Considering gooseberries is a potent antioxidant agent, it can prevent this oxidation and help in protecting the cell.
Gooseberries, like curry leaves, is a proven tonic for hair. It has plenty of essential fatty acids which penetrate deep into the follicles and slow down greying, prevents dandruff, and strengthens hair follicles. This tangy fruit has high iron and carotene content, thus boosting hair growth. Gooseberries also acts as a natural conditioner giving you soft shimmering locks.
Gooseberries is the best anti-ageing fruit. The Vitamin C and antioxidants present in gooseberries reduces fine lines, wrinkles and offers radiant skin. Drinking amla juice with honey every morning can give you blemish-free, healthy and glowing skin.
Be it arthritis-related joint aches or painful mouth ulcers, gooseberries can provide relief owing to its anti-inflammatory properties. Gooseberries is used as an analgesic to treat wounds and research says that its extracts are useful in easing postoperative and neuropathic pain. For ulcers, you simply need to dilute gooseberries juice in half a cup of water and gargle with it.