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I love to eat gooseberry pies prepared by my grandmother. She also prepares sauces and sweets that we enjoy eating before going to bed. Still in my busy days, I never forget to eat my bedtime gooseberry treat from my grandmother. These small, green but firm in structure fruit is sometimes ribbed and translucent when observed. The fruit Gooseberry is a unique little food, obtained from a plant having relatively small, thorny bushes. There are many varieties of gooseberries that are known till date.
American and European, to name a few, which are larger and said to be tastier.
Interesting to know that, this one berry comes in varying colours of yellow, green, red, or black, and can be round, oval, pear-shaped, or elongated in shape. There can be sweet and tart on one bush, each containing edible or non-edible seeds, depending upon its variety.
Gooseberries grow well in changing seasons involving frigid winters and humid summers, and they tend to be shade-tolerant than other fruits.
The fruit gooseberry commonly known as Amla in many countries is light green and extremely bitter when it is raw. At the first bite, it makes the eater twist his lips and nose but immediately within seconds, saliva springs up making to forget the earlier taste feeling. As the ripening process begins, it changes to sour taste and that is the time when it should be eaten. Once plucked from the trees, fresh gooseberries are usually ripened to get a good taste; red berries are generally sweeter.
Although it is sad to say here that gooseberries host a serious fungal disease that can kill white pines due to which they are actually banned from cultivation in some parts of the countries, in some other countries, it is a law to plant gooseberries after 1,000 feet of white pine cultivation areas.
Uses of the fruit Gooseberry
1It helps to cure cold and sore throat
The fruit Gooseberry is of great help in curing sore throat and cold. These were used by doctors of ancient times to prepare medicines. You can prepare it by mixing 2 tsp of gooseberry powder with 2 tsp honey and take it 3 to 4 times in a day.
2Fruit gooseberry helps to lessen Arthritis pain
The fruit Gooseberry is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in relieving joint pain and swelling, which are the major symptoms of arthritis. You need to have raw gooseberry juice every day in the morning, to see the effect.
3It is a rich source of vitamin ‘C’
Gooseberry can be called as king source provider of Vitamin C and dietary fibres, so instead of galloping vitamin C supplements and pills, try dried gooseberry. It gets easily absorbed by the body without causing any harm.
4It burns body fat
Gooseberry, when compared with other weight loss fruit, is very high in the list to slim you down in a few weeks. It first increases the protein level in the body, and then, reduces the unwanted fat. It reduces the cholesterol level. Thus, it helps in lessening the risk of a heart attack. Indian Ayurvedic medicinal professionals and Siddha and Naturopathy experts tip it as No 1 natural healer of cardiac ailments.
5It is good for enhancing your eyesight
Being a rich source of Vitamin C, the fruit gooseberry help in maintaining your eye-power. If you have a trouble with watery eye, then also it comes to play its role in curing itchy, watery and red eyes. It can give you miraculous results in restoring the eyesight; all you need to do is to eat it regularly. It is advisable to give the juice to the kids at their earlier age itself to grow with good immune power.
6It cures mouth ulcers
You may be a victim of mouth ulcers for a number of reasons, like indigestion, mouth-infection, or a mere cut. You can easily cure it with the help of gooseberry juice. You need to mix gooseberry juice in water and gargle with it twice a day.It helps in controlling heartburn or acidity
7It helps in controlling heartburn or acidity
Due to improper food habits or food-timings, we often face the problem of acidity. It is actually a burning sensation in the abdomen. Gooseberry juice can be of very help in treating gastritis. When combining gooseberry with pure ghee, it can diminish your peptic ulcers. You will get the best results if you consume it regularly. It checks indigestion and constipation
8It checks indigestion and constipation
If you are facing this problem of constipation, then it is recommended to rely solely upon the fruit gooseberry for a quick cure. You should take gooseberry powder every day to reduce the effect of constipation. As it acts as a gentle laxative agent with a good source of fibres, so it will be of great help indigestion related problems.
9It controls diabetes by regulating blood sugar
The fruit Gooseberry is very useful in managing blood sugar level in your body. It is suggested to take gooseberry with turmeric powder or honey regularly to cure diabetes. So, diabetics can make gooseberry pickles and add it to their recipe list without fear.
10It purifies the blood and boosts your immunity
Gooseberry is a great source of antioxidant, thus containing needful agents to purify your blood. It easily helps in the process of toxic elimination from the body. It has a mesmerizing benefit on our body. It is an immunity booster for the body, in a way that it fights with disease-causing agents.
11It helps in improves metabolism and strengthens bones
Gooseberry is a super food for fitness enthusiasts as it intensifies the metabolism of our body. The well-known fact is: ‘the better metabolism you will have, the faster you’ll lose your weight.’ Instead of relying on diet control pills, you should start including gooseberry in your diet. It is a good source of calcium, so helps in providing strength to your bones. It reduces the bone gap which is created due to a low-calcium diet.
12It treats jaundice and scurvy
If you consume it regularly then surely you will not suffer from scary, and body-weakening disease like jaundice. The fruit gooseberry keeps a check of your teeth is preventing the disease lie scurvy, which is a Vitamin C deficiency disease. So start drinking one glass of gooseberry juice every morning on an empty stomach, to enjoy these benefits.
13It decreases the risk of gallstones
Gooseberries are very good in maintaining your hormonal health and it reduces the risk of stone formation in the gall bladder. Due to excess cholesterol in our body, gallstones are formed so it is these gooseberries that can reduce the risk by converting cholesterol into bile acid in the liver.
14It prevents the cancer
As other foods, cancer can be prevented by gooseberries also, due to its natural vitamin C supplements along with another flavonoid. As gooseberry is very rich in antioxidants, especially a well known out of them is superoxide dismutase, which guards the body against the free radicals. So it helps in preventing cancer.
Able to defend the body against infection, gooseberries are said to produce insulin, strengthen heart muscles, slow the process of aging, protect the eyes, improve the skin, and prevent hair loss. Ayurveda, traditional medicine, has been using it for curing many diseases, but clinical studies reveal gooseberries to have true nutritional benefits as stated in above points. Let us end with this wise-full thought here that: “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”