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Gooseberry Health Benefits
The gooseberry has a high nutrient content and is available in white, green, or red varieties. Quarter of the daily requisite of vitamin C can be found in an average serving of gooseberries. Gooseberries generally have an acidic tart taste to them, but lately, new varieties have been found to be sweet. These berries are usually used while making jams, jellies and puddings.
The health benefits of gooseberry are many, and these berries are known to help with many of problems listed below.
Different varieties of gooseberries are widely available world over, with species native to Europe, Africa, and Asia. The American species are also considered indigenous to North America, although many dispute this claim.
Gooseberries are used a lot in Unani and Ayurvedic medicines. Here are a few medicinal uses of gooseberries that are frequently also used in home remedies.
The nutritional benefits of gooseberry are many as it is an excellent source of vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B complex, and vitamin C and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium. A cup of gooseberries has a calorific count of 66. Additionally, gooseberries contain no fat or cholesterol and have very low levels of sodium, which is very good for health. Gooseberries are also rich in dietary fiber, and this helps improve bowel movement, decreases cholesterol levels, and helps in the prevention of constipation.
A cup of gooseberries has around 10% of the required amount of potassium, which helps regulate heartbeats, protects you against hypertension, and helps to maintain water balance in tissues and cells of the body. Bioflavanoids are also found in gooseberries and have good antioxidant properties and that help to uphold the permeability of capillaries. This is good because it ensures that nutrients move through blood vessels without any hindrance.
For a full detailed list of nutrients in gooseberries, you can check the USDA National Nutrient data base here http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2319
|Submitted on August 1, 2012|