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Having high amounts of Vitamin C, Nicotonic Acid, Vitamin B-1, Iron, and Calcium-- gooseberry juice remains a popular tonic consumed across the globe. 81.2% of gooseberry fruit is water, thus it is a very good source of skin moisturizing, providing effective beauty remedies. What more....8.3% of it is Glucose. The juice has also got adequate amounts of Fibers, Carbohydrates and Proteins. Indian gooseberry juice contains the highest amount of Vitamin C.

The scientific names of this fruit juice are Amlica Embillicus and phyllanthus emblica. The fruit is popularly known as Amla in Hindi. Other names are Aonla, Aola, Amalaki, Amla-berry, Dharty, Aamvala, Aawallaa, Embelic, Nellikai, Nillika, and Usareekai . A popular blend which is preferred for drinking purpose is Gooseberry and Mint Cordial.


Apart from having their origin in India, the gooseberries have been grown in Britain since the time of Henry Vlll. There is also an ancient belief narrating how fairies would shelter from danger in the prickly bushes, and hence gooseberries became known as fayberries. Gooseberry juice was also used as a medicine in the treatment of fevers and in the sixteenth century they were recommended to plague victims. In the north of England, gooseberry clubs were popular, with members fiercely competing for the varieties that produced the biggest, best and juiciest fruit of the year.

Sacred Importance of Indian Gooseberry
It has even been scientifically verified that gooseberry juice has one of the richest and most documented legacies of any fruit juice known today. In fact, the juice is fondly addressed as the “Nurse”, the “Great Rejuvenator”, and the “Juice of Immortality” for centuries, due to its numerous healing properties and its ability to nourish the body on all levels.

Being more popular in the fruit form, gooseberry is nearly spherical shaped light greenish yellow with 6 vertical stripes or furrows. Having a bitter-sour taste, this fruit is claimed to be more fibrous than most of the other fruits. However, it cannot be consumed raw in vast quantities. In Hinduism, it is regarded as a sacred tree and worshipped as Mother Earth in India.


Benefits of Gooseberry Juice
Gooseberry juice is a natural, efficacious, and an anti-oxidant with the richest natural source of Vitamin C. It also contains cytokine like substances identified as zeatin, z. riboside, z. nucleotide. Gooseberry juice is extremely beneficial for treating ailments and availing several health benefits. It is even used in Unani and Ayurvedic systems to administer various health related complexities including Fever, Liver Disorder, Indigestion, Anemia, Heart Complaints and Urinary Problems. The details can be viewed as:

  • The antibacterial and astringent properties of gooseberry juice prevent infection and help in the healing of ulcers.
  • It is used as a laxative to relieve constipation in piles.
  • It is used in the treatment of leukorrhea and artherosclerosis.
  • The juice is referred to in ancient text as the best medicine to prevent aging.
  • It is a very strong rejuvenative which is believed to be the richest natural source of anti-oxidant vitamin C (with up to 900 mg/100g of pressed juice). Vitamin C acts as an anti-oxidant and can help to rid the body of dangerous molecules called free radicals. This important vitamin is also necessary for the synthesis of collagen. Blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bones-- all require collagen. Another benefit of Vitamin C is the part it plays in helping to synthesize norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter which helps maintain brain function and mood. Vitamin C can also help to lower blood pressure, maintain healthy immune functions, promote good dental health, and aid in the healing of wounds.
  • Another anti-oxidant found in gooseberry juice is superoxide dismutase. SOD (superoxide dismutase) is an important enzyme that many people are often deficient in. This enzyme is important in ridding the body of free radicals. Other health issues such as arthritis, prostate problems, corneal ulcers, and inflammatory bowel disease have been known to be helped by SOD. It also protects against oxidative stress.
  • The juice has the same antiscorbutic value as orange juice.
  • It is also effective for respiratory complaints.
  • The juice is used in Ayurveda as a cardiotonic, aphrodisiac, antipyretic, antidiabetic, cerebral and gastrointestinal tonic.
  • The juice also contains polyphenols which have anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic properties. They can help to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, diminish risks of cancer, and aid in immune system health.
  • Two important tannins found in gooseberry juice are ellagic acid and gallic acid. Ellagic acid has been shown to be effective against cancer causing chemicals and aid in the death of cancer cells. Gallic acid is another anti-oxidant and is important in helping to treat diabetes.
  • The juice is popularly used in inks, dyes, shampoos and hair oils.
  • For insomnia: Take a mixture of coarse powder of nutmeg and fresh amla (gooseberry) juice.
  • The juice is a natural anti-inflammatory which soothes and protects the tissues of the digestive tract.
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