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

Amla is a superfood but beware of the surprising adverse effects before consuming it.

Medically reviewed by Madhu SharmaMadhu Sharma, RD
By Ravi Teja TadimallaRavi Teja Tadimalla, Professional Certificate In Food, Nutrition & Health  • 

The side effects of Indian gooseberry are worth considering before consuming it. Indian gooseberry (or amla) has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine. Although it offers a variety of benefits, its excessive consumption can be harmful as well.

Further research is needed to confirm these side effects. Nonetheless, you should understand the dangers of overeating gooseberries. This article examines the side effects of Indian gooseberry and its recommended dosage. Read on.

According to Indian mythology, the amla tree is the first tree to have been created in the universe.

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

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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).

Amla has a prominent sour taste due to the presence of ellagitannins such as emblicanin A and punigluconin.

2. May Cause Constipation

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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

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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

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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?

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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.

Infographic Excerpt: 4 Side Effects Of Indian Gooseberry You Should Know

While Indian gooseberry is a great source of vitamin C, excess of it can cause issues. Its high acidic content may cause gastrointestinal issues as it interacts with stomach acids. There are other ways overconsumption of this fruit can harm your health. In the following infographic, we have listed the major side effects of Indian gooseberry to keep in mind. Take a look.

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The Indian gooseberry (amla) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for its medicinal properties. It is replete with vital nutrients and has several benefits. However, excess consumption of Indian gooseberry may cause several side effects. Its high vitamin C composition may cause acidity and constipation and trigger complications in people with diabetes. In addition, it may cause problems during pregnancy too. Hence, intake of one Indian gooseberry per day is recommended. Consume it in moderation to avoid adverse reactions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can amla cause hair loss?

No. On the contrary, amla has many nourishing benefits for hair and is also known to effectively boost hair health.

Does amla cause liver damage?

No. In fact, research shows amla is beneficial in promoting healthy liver functions (8).

Key Takeaways

  • Overconsumption of vitamin C-rich Indian gooseberries may cause acidity.
  • Excess or incorrect dosage of Indian gooseberries may cause very low blood sugar in People with diabetes.
  • Eating too many gooseberries may bulk up your stools and cause constipation.
  • You can safely consume 1 whole fruit or 10 to 20 ml of Indian gooseberry daily.


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