4 Side Effects Of Indian Gooseberry That Can Make You Think Twice About Consuming It

Reviewed by Madhu Sharma, Registered Dietitian
Written by Ravi Teja Tadimalla

Indian gooseberry (also called amla) has been popularly used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Although it offers various benefits, excess intake of the Indian gooseberry can have certain detrimental effects.

A lot of research is warranted to establish these side effects. However, it is important that you know what can happen if you consume too many of these gooseberries at once.

What Are The Side Effects Of Indian Gooseberry?

The high vitamin C content in Indian gooseberry can cause problems if consumed in excess. The nutrient may cause acidity and other issues related to stomach acid. The fiber in the fruit may also cause constipation if you eat too many of them.

1. May Cause Acidity


Indian gooseberry is the second richest natural source of vitamin C. A single fruit contains over 600 to 700 mg of vitamin C (1).

Excess vitamin C intake can cause digestive distress. This may happen if you consume more than 2,000 mg of the nutrient at one go.

Some research suggests that excess intake of vitamin C may lead to acid reflux and other forms of gastrointestinal upset (2). These effects are more likely to occur in individuals with preexisting conditions.

Excess intake of vitamin C may also be accompanied by diarrhea and nausea (3). However, findings are not conclusive and we need more research here.

If you experience symptoms of heartburn, there are certain home remedies to treat it. The simplest of those is using baking soda.

You can add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water. Stir well and drink. Baking soda works as a natural antacid and relieves heartburn and other issues related to excess stomach acid (4).

2. May Cause Constipation

Indian gooseberry is a rich source of fiber (1). While adequate fiber can treat constipation, some believe excess of it can lead to constipation. We need more evidence here, though.

Excess fiber can also have negative effects on colonic transit. It can get fermented rapidly in the colon, leading to a surge of microbial activity. This leads to abdominal cramps and bloating (5).

Consuming too many Indian gooseberries can bulk up and harden your stools.

Easing constipation is simple. All you need are a teaspoon of baking soda and a glass of warm water. Mix the soda in the water and drink the mixture. You will find relief in a short span of time.

If you are experiencing a more serious case of constipation, baking soda may not help. In such situations, please visit a doctor immediately to address the issue.

3. May Cause Complications In People With Diabetes

Amla is a popular treatment for diabetes. Extensive research has shown that the fruit exhibits anti-diabetic effects (6). The fruit also helps lower blood glucose levels (7).

These anti-diabetic benefits of amla may prove detrimental for a few individuals. Excessive or incorrect dosages of amla can cause blood sugar levels to fall too low. This can aggravate the situation if the individual is already on diabetes medications. Though it may not be possible to eat too many amlas (due to their sour taste), it is important to be careful.

There is no research that directly links diabetes complications to amla. But it is better you exercise caution and keep your doctor in the loop.

4. Might Cause Problems During Pregnancy

There is no documented evidence of Indian gooseberries causing trouble during pregnancy. But we suggest you check with your doctor before taking it.

While the Indian gooseberry is among the most nutritious foods, the only concern is the consequences of its excess intake. Hence, consume it in moderation.

How many of these gooseberries can you take in a day? Is there any specific dosage we can arrive at?

What About The Dosage?

One Indian gooseberry a day should be fine. This translates to 10 to 20 ml of the gooseberry juice or 4 grams of the powder.

Anything beyond this may cause side effects. If you have any specific medical condition, please consult your doctor on the dosage.


The Indian gooseberry is rich in vital nutrients. Numerous studies have stated its importance in the human diet. But like any other food out there, moderation is key.

Stick to the dosage mentioned. If you are on any medication or have any health condition, please speak to your doctor as it may have different effects on different people.

Did you experience any of these side effects with amla? What remedies did you follow? Do let us know by leaving a comment in the box below.


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Ravi Teja Tadimalla is an editor and a published author. He graduated from SRM University, Chennai, and has been in the digital media field for over six years. He has a Professional Certificate in Food, Nutrition & Research from Wageningen University. He considers himself a sculptor born to chip away at content and reveal its dormant splendor. He started his career as a research writer, primarily focusing on health and wellness, and has over 250 articles to his credit. Ravi believes in the great possibilities of abundant health with natural foods and organic supplements. Reading and theater are his other interests.