Indian Gooseberry: Doctors Say This Fruit is a Miracle for Diabetes

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indiangooseberry_mIndian gooseberry has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

Indian gooseberry is also known as Amla in hindi in India. It has been known to provide powerful antioxidant protection against the damaging free radicals which are one of the causes of various diseases like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, inflammation, liver disease and respiratory ailments.

Amla or Indian gooseberry is native to India and tropical areas of southeast Asia and has long been used as a supplement in alternative medicine.

Indian gooseberry has a range of potent antioxidant molecules, including Vitamin C, flavonoids, pectin, and tannins (30 percent).

How Does it Help Manage Diabetes?

Many Naturopaths recommend one teaspoon of Indian gooseberry juice mixed up along with a cup of bitter gourd juice.

It works by stimulating the Pancreas which secretes insulin for reducing blood sugar.

Indian gooseberry is extremely rich in Vitamin C. Here are few interesting facts for you: it has 20 times the Vitamin C content of grapefruit and 15 times that of lemon. It does not lose its’ vitamins even when it is dried due to the natural antioxidant properties of the fruit.

When the pancreas becomes inflamed, the resulting pancreatitis may injure insulin-secreting cells and result in high blood sugar levels.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Indian gooseberry, or amla is an effective traditional remedy to prevent pancreatitis. It also contains chromium, a mineral that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and may make the body more responsive to insulin, helping to keep blood sugar at healthy levels.

Scientific Evidence about Indian Gooseberry and it’s Impact on Diabetes!

indiangooseberrywithhad_mStudies show that gooseberries are beneficial for people with diabetes and diabetic complications. A study published in 2012 stated that gooseberries had positive effects on fasting glucose levels. It also lowered hemoglobin A1c (HB-A1c).

A 2011 study found that taking gooseberry extract and green tea decreased measures of diabetes while improving oxidative status in diabetics on dialysis due to kidney damage.

As per Dr. Ray Sahelian, Indian gooseberry has a distinguished history in Ayurveda medicine and is ascribed a number of medicinal properties and used as a dietary supplement. It is thought that its beneficial properties are a function of its antioxidant potency. The study investigated the chemistry and antioxidant properties of four commercial Indian gooseberry fruit extracts in order to determine if there are any qualitative-quantitative differences. All extracts produced positive responses in the total phenol, total flavonoid and total tannin assays. The presence of predominantly (poly)phenolic analytes, e.g. ellagic and gallic acids and corilagin, was confirmed by RP-HPLC. Despite ascorbic acid being a major constituent of amla fruits, the furanolactone could not be identified in one of the samples.

Here is the summary of the scientific evidences and research work on Indian gooseberry and its impact on diabetes:

  • It is antiviral and it has antibacterial properties
  • It may help in reducing the damages caused due to free radicals
  • It may help in lowering the sugar levels
  • It has extremely low glycemic index.
  • one cup of gooseberry - 66 calories, 1g of fat, 1g protein and 6g of dietary fiber

How Safe is it?

Gooseberry also contains substances known to be beneficial to health called phytochemicals.

Dried gooseberry is a rich source of furosin, corilagin, tannis, gallic acid, proanthocyanidins, methyl gallate, and polyphenols. These vitamins and phytochemicals are responsible for the health benefits of gooseberries.

As per rxlist.com, it states that Indian gooseberry seems safe for most people when consumed in amounts found in foods. There isn’t enough research available to know if it is safe for use as a medicine. So do not use Indian gooseberry in medicinal amounts if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Side Effects and Warnings:

  • Use cautiously in patients with low iron levels
  • Use cautiously in patients taking anticoagulants (“blood thinners”) or anti-platelet drugs
  • Use cautiously in patients with low blood sugar levels
  • Use cautiously in patients with decreased immune system function

Other Benefits of Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry or amla is widely used as a traditional medicine for the following:

  • High cholesterol - Early research suggests that taking Indian gooseberry for 4 weeks decreases lower density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.
  • Cancer
  • Indigestion
  • Eye problems
  • Joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Obesity
  • Other conditions

As per webmd.com, more evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Indian gooseberry for the above uses.

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