The Fruit of the Amalaki Tree

Indian Gooseberry

The amalaki tree is native to Asia. The fruit that is grown on the amalaki is thought to be extremely healthy. In addition to the large fruit the amalaki tree produces, many other parts of the tree have also been used to produce herbs thought to be healthy. The fruit on this tree is commonly referred to by the name Indian gooseberry; however Indian gooseberry is technically the name of the tree and not the fruit.

Indian Gooseberries Up CloseCredit: By Gladson Machado (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Indian Gooseberry Benefits

The fruit is turned into juices and powders and used for a variety of health reasons. Many people believe that the fruit works great as an antioxidant as well as helping to relieve constipation. It is often said that this fruit is the best source of Vitamin C. The fruit is very bitter tasting so it is rarely eaten whole. Most people who use the fruit for medicinal purposes tend to digest it in a pill, powder, or juice form. The Indian gooseberry fruit that grows on the amalaki tree is very healthy and there are no known side effects if taken in moderate doses. It is recommended that if you have any heart problems that you consult with a doctor before beginning a gooseberry fruit regimen.  Any natural herb can potentially cause problems if taken in extremely high doses for an extended period of time.

Indian gooseberry has a many more medicinal health benefits than just easing constipation. Here are some Pickle Made Out of Indian GooseberryCredit: By Badagnani (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commonsof the top uses for gooseberry from the amalaki tree. There are many more uses for this natural herb; however these are among the 2 most popular reasons people ingest this herb:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an extremely important reason that people use amalaki. It is thought that the body is able to absorb more Vitamin C from gooseberry fruit than from other methods. Regardless of the other uses of gooseberry, the Vitamin C benefits are indisputable.

Removes Toxins

Although the gooseberry fruit does not directly remove toxins from the body, it does aid the liver and allows the liver's natural function of flushing toxins from the body to occur at higher rates. The best results for flushing toxins from your body will occur with using amalaki fruit and changing your diet to a healthy one that is free of processed foods.

Indian Gooseberry

The amalaki fruit is commonly used in India as a medicinal herb. You can buy amalaki in numerous forms including juices, pills, and powders. The best results from using this natural herb is to use it on a regular basis over a period of time. The herb will not begin working immediately; however after a period of time you may begin to see positive results from ingesting this herb regularly.  Furthermore, although you can get a lot of health benefits from using this herb, it is not a miracle drug. Many companies try to market amalaki as a cure-all for everything and like to hype it up using pseudo-science. Even though some companies try to over-hype amalaki fruit, there are still many positive benefits. Just don’t expect amalaki fruit to cure cancer.

Indian Gooseberries Growing on the Amalaki TreeCredit: By AMALAN619 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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