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Find health with the super food synergy of Indian gooseberry and African mango

Monday, January 02, 2012 by: Dr. David Jockers
Tags: Indian gooseberry, Amla, mango

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(NaturalNews) Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered 'super-foods.' Wild fruits have played a significant role in many cultural cuisines all around the world. Scientists have found many great health benefits associated with wild fruits grown in temperate regions of the world. Indian gooseberry and African mango are super foods that have a nutrient synergy that far exceeds their basic nutritional values.

The Indian gooseberry is also called Amla and is a sour, bitter astringent flavor. In India, it is common for people to steep gooseberries in salt water and turmeric. This tends to make these sour fruits more palatable. It is also commonly used to straighten curly hair.

Indian Gooseberry is an Anti-oxidant Powerhouse

Indian Gooseberry is very rich in vitamin C and essential bioflavonoids that enhance the benefits of Vitamin C and synergize to protect and strengthen cell membranes. It is also rich in phytonutrient antioxidant phenols ellagic acid, gallic acid, quercetin and the tannin's emblican A & B. It also contains unique nutrients that have a powerful effect on the immune system. These nutrients include z-riboside, zeatin and z-nucleotide.

Indian gooseberry is renowned for its health benefits in the mystical health philosophy of Indian Ayurveda. It was traditionally used for diarrhea, jaundice, inflammatory and digestive disorders among other things. The Ayurveda phrase, "As gold is to minerals, aamla is to the herbs," clearly explains its medicinal significance.

Experts believe that Amla's nutrient synergy enhances food absorption, balances stomach acid, strengthens the liver and flushes toxins. Additionally, it seems to be great for protecting the brain from free radical stress and for promoting healthy blood flow to the skin and hair follicles.

Studies have shown that the antioxidants found in Indian gooseberry have induced apoptosis and are able to modify gene expression involved in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

According to a 2008 study, the Indian gooseberry is able to modulate osteoclast formation so as to keep bone remodeling under control. Other studies have shown it to be effective at stabilizing blood sugar, lowering triglycerides and improving both pancreatic and liver function.

African Mango Boosts Fat Burning

The West African mango is grown in the Cameroon rain forest of Africa and is commonly referred to as wild mango or bush mango. The extraordinary health benefits do not come from the sugary fruit but instead from the seed extract, which contains an abundance of healthy fats and fiber.

Scientists believe the African Mango seed extract acts to powerfully enhance leptin sensitivity. Leptin is a hormone released from fat cells that interacts with specific receptor sites in the hypothalamus of the brain to stimulate fat burning and feelings of satiety. An inflammatory diet and lifestyle creates a surge of C reactive protein, which damages the sensitive leptin receptor sites in the hypothalamus. This creates a state of leptin resistance, which leads to increased hunger, weight gain and obesity.

The African mango seems to lower C-reactive protein which enhances leptin sensitivity. This improves overall satiety and turns on the fat burning switch. Additionally, it increases a hormone called adiponectin, which improves glucose and fat metabolism. Adiponectin is also released by fat cells and acts on cells to improve insulin sensitivity. Increased levels of this hormone are associated with lower body fat percentage.

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About the author:
Dr David Jockers is a Maximized Living doctor and owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Georgia where he specializes in functional nutrition, functional medicine and corrective chiropractic care to get to the underlying cause of major health problems.

His website features great articles on natural health and incredible recipes. He is the author of the best-selling book SuperCharge Your Brain - the complete guide to radically improve your mood, memory and mindset. He has over 50,000 active followers on his social media and email newsletter and is a big influencer in the Primal Health movement.

Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance consultations and health coaching to help you beat disease and reach your health goals. For more information got to www.drjockers.com

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