Title : Indian gooseberry-A nutrients rich and health promoting medicinal plant -An overview
Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) commonly known as Amla, is an important medicinal plant in the Ayurveda- an Indian traditional system of medicine. Gooseberries are nutritious, low-calorie fruits that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These are best enjoyed fresh and can be eaten on their own or may be included in diet as a snack or flavorful addition to meals. However, cooked gooseberries may not have the same health benefits, as some of the nutrients may be degraded. Many of the gooseberry nutrients have been linked to significant health benefits including lowering of cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels, as well as a reduced risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and age-related illnesses of the brain. This paper presents an overview of the various nutrients present in gooseberries, and their respective specific health benefits. At the end, different types of berries that are beneficial to human health or those which are poisonous, have been highlighted and discussed.