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Here's why you should eat gooseberry

A typical winter fruit, amla is the most abundant source of Vitamin C in the plant kingdom. Here are some reasons why including at least one amla in your diet a day can do wonders to your health.

health and fitness Updated: Jan 21, 2010 19:24 IST

Amla

You must have come across

amla (

gooseberry) pickles and

murabbas

in winter. A typical winter fruit, amla is the most abundant source of Vitamin C in the plant kingdom — with as much as 20 times the amount of Vitamin C than an orange. It is also special because its vitamin C content does not diminish with cooking.

Here are some reasons why including at least one amla in your diet a day can do wonders to your health.

The Vitamin C in amla helps in reducing blood pressure by dilating the blood vessels that collect excessive cholesterol.

It helps boost the functioning of the immune system, thereby preventing a wide range of diseases.

Amla stimulates hair follicles, thus promoting hair growth and preventing premature greying and dandruff.

The gooseberry finds great application in improving eyesight.

It also helps to prevent respiratory disorders such as cold, bronchitis, and other respiratory tract infections.