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Superfoods. What about the Indian gooseberry?

A couple months ago, I posted on my facebook page about the importance of spices, and how dense they are with antioxidants. They are extremely powerful at boosting one's immune system. Many would guess blueberries were #1.  As great as they are, not even close to the power of herbs and spices such as oregano, allspice, cinnamon, or even better, cloves. But one more may beat them all.

Introducing the Indian gooseberry. A possible superfood. Otherwise known as amla, you can easily buy this in many forms.  I buy the dried powder form and add it to smoothies. Another way I take it in is when I do a shot of several spices including amla, along with cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, and a few others. 

I was introduced to the food when I was in London a few years ago.  A few gooseberries were placed in my salad and I had to ask what they were.  In full disclosure, I’m not sure if they were the Indian kind, since there are many different types of gooseberries, but they were delicious and I had to research more about this potential wonder berry.

Indian gooseberry is mostly grown in the Middle East and is a potent antioxidant source including vitamin C, A, and others. As with many things, there are claims out there about additional health benefits like lowering cholesterol, diabetes assistance, and more. I think much more research needs to be done before I’m convinced of these claims, but I like what I’ve read about the antioxidants enough to add it into my daily routine.


As with anything, especially if taking large doses, consult with your doctor, but this may be something worth considering for boosting your immune system as well as a host of other advantages.


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