Indian gooseberry, also known as amla or amalika, is generally sourced from India and the Middle East and is relative to other gooseberry species found around the world. The Indian variety is a light green berry that is bitter to taste.
Uses and Benefits:
The Indian gooseberry is perhaps most notorious for its use in holistic Indian medicine (or Ayurveda), and for this reason, has made its way into medical applications in other parts of the world. The berry is also common in jams, jellies, and juices for those who enjoy its tartness. It’s also sold in a popular powder form.
In addition to its culinary applications and general health benefits – it’s rich in antioxidant polyphenols, and vitamins, it’s suggested that the Indian gooseberry can aid in the following:
– Alzheimer’s (as a preventative, not a cure)
– Cholesterol reduction
– Eye, skin, and hair improvement
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