Gooseberry

Gooseberry

Introduction

Gooseberry is a fruit with hard outer flesh and a seed at its core. The flesh is edible while the seed is inedible. This fruit is commonly used in the preparation of pickles, jams and sauces. The dominating taste of the gooseberry is sourness.

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The fruit also has hints of sweetness, pungency and bitterness. The fruit has a very high content of water. A unique characteristic of the gooseberry is that it does not lose any of its nutrient value on heating.

 Nutrient Content

Gooseberries are rich in the following key nutrients:

  • Vitamin – Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex.
  • Minerals – Calcium, iron, phosphorus.
  • Polyphenol, mainly gallic acid.
  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Phytonutrients such as carotene

 Health Benefits

The following are the health benefits offered by gooseberries:

  • Gooseberries strengthen the immune system and prevent the occurrence of illness such as cold, flu and infections.
  • Consumption of gooseberry aids in weight loss owing to their capability to enhance protein metabolism.
  • The antioxidants present in gooseberry prevent cancer by inhibiting premature ageing of cells and cell degeneration.
  • The fruit possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Purification of blood and thereby preservation of skin health is facilitated by consuming gooseberry.
  • Gooseberry has exhibited effectiveness in cataract treatment.
  • Gooseberry is an effective stress buster.
  • Blood pressure levels and sugar levels can be controlled by consuming gooseberries.

Disclaimer: Any advice or information provided in this page should not be seen as a substitute for medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Your family physician knows better about your medical history and only they can provide you with personalized advice keeping in mind your unique needs.