Indian Gooseberry becomes more popular during Covid-19 pandemic

Although no specific medicine is released as vaccine or medicine for Covid-19 yet, many doctors and science journals recommend the fruits with Vitamin C, which is available in plenty in amla.

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Indian Gooseberry becomes more popular during Covid-19 pandemicAlthough no specific medicine is released as vaccine or medicine for Covid-19 yet, many doctors and science journals recommend the fruits with Vitamin C, which is available in plenty in amla aka Indian gooseberry.

Indian gooseberry, or amla, is a fruit bearing tree that grows in many parts of Asia including India.

It has several herbal medicine and culinary uses, in its native India in particular.

The amla fruit is rich in vitamin C and often purported to have potential antioxidant and heart-health benefits.

Know about Indian gooseberry

Scientifically the Indian gooseberry is called by two names —Emblica officinalis and Phyllanthus emblica. It’s commonly called as amla in the language that is familiar among the people.

This small tree bears yellowish-green flowers that blossom into round, edible fruits of.

The fruits in round shape is generally in the size of a golf ball with a pit and thin peel. Thee taste of this fruit is described as sour, bitter and astringent.

In India, the fruit is used in cooking and most supplements on the market now are made only from the powdered, dried fruit or from fruit extracts.

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However all most all parts of the plant including the fruit and leaves as well as seeds are used in traditional Indian medicine.

Indian gooseberry has several potential benefits, although more high quality studies in humans are needed to confirm many of these possible effects.

Anti-aging

On the back of its high vitamin C content, the gooseberry may have some definite anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that help to prevent cellular damage, slowing  your body’s natural aging process.

It helps in maintaining skin. Apart from its antioxidant activity, Indian gooseberry may help prevent the breakdown of collagen that forms the firm but flexible protein matrix in your skin and soft tissues.

It is also believed to beneficial to maintain hair. The extract from the Indian gooseberry is generally used in Thailand to promote hair growth. It may be noted that some evidence shows that it may inhibit an enzyme, which contributes to hair loss

Indian gooseberry also support eyes and vision. Its extract protected against age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by improving the mitochondrial health of eye cells.

Check Cancer

In test-tube and animal studies, the extracts of fruit have killed certain types of cancer cells, cervical, including breast, ovarian, and lung cancers.

In addition, the fruit extracts may play a role in cancer prevention due to their antioxidant activity.

However, it may be noted that so far no research on Indian gooseberry and cancer has been performed in humans. Hence this is far from a confirmed benefit. , the cancer patients should follow the advice and recommendations of their healthcare specialists.

Heart health

One of the widely seen usage of Indian gooseberry is to promote heart health. There are many ways through which this fruit may reduce the risk of heart disease, including:

Antioxidant effects. The fruit extracts may protect against oxidative damage that’s associated with heart injury. This scenario has been noted in several animal studies.

It regulates endothelial function. A research with people with type 2 diabetes identified consuming 1,000 mg of Indian gooseberry daily improved endothelial function to the same extent as the drug atorvastatin.

The studies have also revealed that the fruit can notably  reduce inflammation that is considered a key factor in the development of heart disease.

Normalizes blood fat levels.

The studies have also observed improved blood fat profiles after supplementing with Indian gooseberry, including lower triglyceride and total and bad cholesterol, as well as increased good cholesterol.

Liver damage

On research conducted on rats, the extracts from the Indian gooseberry protected against liver damage caused by either a high fat diet or N-nitrosodiethylamine, which is a substance that’s toxic to the liver. However, this effect hasn’t yet been investigated in humans.

Now as the doctors suggests to consume Vitamin C rich frits to build immunity and fight with Corona, the Indian gooseberry has become quite popular in all regions of the world.

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