Amazing Health Benefits and Medicinal Uses of Rasbhari (Cape gooseberry)

Cape gooseberry name

The fruit is named as Cape gooseberry because it is first cultivated in Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. It is known by different names in different countries of the world. It is known as Inca berry, Golden berry, African ground berry, Peruvian ground cherry, Peruvian cherry, Inca berry, Uchuva, Chinese lantern, Aztec berry, golden berry, giant ground cherry, etc. The different names of rasbhari across the world are as follow:Amazing Health Benefits and Medicinal Uses of Rasbhari (Physalis peruviana)

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  • Botanical name: Physalis peruviana
  • Cape gooseberry: South Africa
  • Pokpok: Madagascar
  • Poha: Hawaii
  • Rasbhari: India
  • Aguaymanto: Peru
  • Uvilla: Ecuador
  • Uva: Colombia
  • Harankash : Egypt
  • Amour en cage: France
  • Physalis: UK

Top benefits of Cape gooseberry

Rasbhari nutrition facts: The nutritional value of 100 grams of Cape gooseberry is as follow: Energy (53kcal), carbohydrates (11.2g), fat (0.7g), protein (1.9g), vitamin A (36 μg), vitamin B1(0.11 mg), vitamin B2 (0.04mg), vitamin B3 (2.8mg), vitamin C(11mg), calcium (9mg), Iron (1mg), Phosphorous (40mg), etc. The fruit is rich in pectin and has adequate amount of polyphenols, withanolides, melatonin and carotenoids.

Diabetes: Cape gooseberry is rich in fructose and good for diabetic patient.

Anti-inflammatory: Due to the presence of polyphenols and antioxidants, the golden berry are used for many medical uses such as anti asthmatic, anti spasmodic, anti septic, anti helmenthic, anti inflammatory, purgative, laxative and good for stomach related disorders.

Hypertension control: Rasbhari controls high blood pressure due to the presence of phyto-chemicals such as polyphenols and carotenoids and suitable percentage of potassium, which act like as high blood pressure reliever. These bio-chemicals compounds reduce cholesterol too.

Lung cancer: The African ground berry has appropriate percentage of polyphenols and carotenoids, which are beneficial against lung cancer cure as shown by recent research studies. The anti-hepatoma properties of the fruit are also being related to treat cancer. In folk culture, Physalis peruviana is being prescribed against cancer and leukemia. It is still prevalent in the folk medicine of Kerala, India.

Neurological problems: Physalis peruviana has the power to control the movement of free radicals thus helps in prevention of many diseases including neurological related disorders.

Good vision: Rasbhari is rich in vitamin A and provides 14% of daily requirements of vitamin A. Vitamin A is good for eyes, prevent cataracts, and protect muscular degeneration.

Strengthens bones: The golden berry has a good proportion of pectin, which helps in calcium as well as phosphorous absorption thus good for making the bones stronger. It is also used in treating of rheumatism and dermatitis.

Boost immunity: The fruit contains vitamin C and fulfils the 18% of daily requirements. Having an profuse amount of vitamin C, it helps in enhancing immunity of the body.

Healthy liver: In a research, it has been confirmed that rasbhari regulates the level of cholesterol and good for the health of the liver.

Atherosclerosis: The juice of the fruit contains some important phyto-chemicals that are good for smooth functioning of the heart.

Side effects of Rasbhari: Unripe fruit shouldn’t be taken as it contains lighter form of poisonous alkaloids, which may cause allergy.

Rasbhari recipes

It is a berry like fruit used for many purposes. Due to its sharp tasting nature, it is used in making of various recipes such as snacks, pies, puddings, ice-cream, sauces, jams, salads, fruits salads, desserts, etc. In making of salads, it is used with apple and honey. Generally, it is eaten raw but it can be taken as raisins or it may be the ingredients of jellies, yogurt, oats, cake, etc. The fruit is also used in cocktails. Rasbhari is also popular in making of various sweet dishes


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