Skincare

Indian Gooseberry- What To Know About This Beauty Breakthrough

Gooseberries spilled out from a basket

Also known as amla, Indian gooseberry is an antioxidant-rich fruit which has historically been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This low calorie sour berry, which is round and a light yellow green colour, grows on the Indian Phyllanthus emblica tree. Although amla is well-known in its native India for its role in treating respiratory illnesses and balancing stomach acidity levels, this superfruit just may be a beauty breakthrough as well.

The Indian gooseberry is a solid natural source of Vitamins B and C, calcium, iron and fibre. The high carotene content in gooseberry is said to promote hair growth and lead to shiny, nourished locks. As a result, this fruit is used in traditional hair oils and shampoos. In fact, amla powder is also said to reduce the irritating effects of dandruff and an itchy, flaky scalp.

For anyone looking for an anti-aging beauty ingredient, amla may also come to the rescue. This breakthrough ingredient functions as an astringent that can help to tighten the skin and minimize the look of enlarged pores. The Indian gooseberry also tackles oxidative stress and free radical damage, which is known to have an aging effect on the skin.

According to a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, amla extract can offer benefits as an anti-inflammatory agent as well. If you’re aiming to maintain healthy locks, nourish your skin or fight the physical effects of inflammation, Indian gooseberry may be the latest superfruit for your health and beauty regime.

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