The Indian Gooseberry

  • Botanical name: Emblica officinalis
  • The fruit is very high in Vitamin C (higher than lime) at 478 mg/ml.
  • The fruit is known as Amala in India
  • The fruit is used in complementary medicine to be protective against or helpful in recovery from many conditions including diabetes, pancreatitis, cancer, inflammation of various types, and gastritis.
  • It is eaten raw, pickled in salt water (brine), dried, or powdered.
  • It grows in Winter months, when the benefits of Vitamin C would be beneficial in protection against colds and flu.
  • Vitamin C is a water soluble Vitamin.
  • It must be taken daily as it is not stored in the body. Various food sources of Vitamin C besides Amala include Peppers, Broccoli, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Strawberries.
  • Adults need 65 to 90 milligrams (mg) a day, and the upper limit is 2,000 mg a day.
  • Moderation is the best practice when it comes to any food/supplement.


1. Shashi Kumar Jain, DS Khurdiya
Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 59 (2), 63-66, 2004

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