BOTTLE GOURD HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Posted in VEGETABLES HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Name                 :     Bottle Gourd

Scientific Name :    Lagenaria Siceraria

Health Benefits

Bottle gourd possess high amount of fiber which prevents the constipation, piles and flatulence. The cholesterol and fat in Bottle gourd is very low. The richness in Vitamin B and C assists in anti-oxidant properties. It consists of 92% water. The juiced or cooked Bottle gourd possesses anti-bilious and sedative properties.

Skin health

The high intake of Vitamin C reduces the wrinkles and dryness of skin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which can lower the oxidative damage associated with stress, pollution and poor diet. Free radicals speeds up the process of aging whereas the adequate consumption of Vitamin C slows down the appearance.

Lowers stroke

The study summarizes that the high intake of Vitamin C reduce the chances of stroke by 50%.  The people who consume veggies and fruit have high level of Vitamin C. One should include fruit and veggies to the diet in order to increase the intake of Vitamin C.

Treats cancer

The high intakes of Vitamin C increase the cancer counteract effects of drugs that are used in chemotherapy. Vitamin C targets the cells that need the nutriments whereas the drugs harm the normal cells as well. Researchers view that Vitamin C is an effective cancer treatment for the lung and ovarian cancer.

Prevents colds and flu

Vitamin C enhances the immune system and prevents from viruses and colds. It also lowers the chances of further health ailments such as lung infections and pneumonia. Vitamin C prevents the oxidative damage of white blood cells and maintains its proper function. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in the body.

Hormonal balance

Zinc plays a vital role in the production of hormones such as increase in testosterone. Zinc affects the female sex hormones and also involves in the creation as well as release of eggs from the ovaries. Zinc is essential for the estrogen and progesterone production in women that assist the reproductive health. The level of estrogen either too high or too low leads to the problems with menstruation, early menopause, mood swings, infertility and increase chances of cancers.

Liver Health

Zinc helps to reduce the infection and damage of liver. It cleans the liver, lower inflammation, assists nutrient absorption, lower damage of free radicals and eliminates the waste from the body. Zinc enhances the liver health as well as assists its functions.

Repair muscles

Zinc is vital for the growth and division of cells. It assists in repairment of muscles and maintains stamina in the skeletal and muscular systems. It also supports in the release of testosterone, hormone and insulin growth which builds healthy metabolism and muscle mass. It increases the testosterone in the body as it promotes the conversion rate of androstenedione to testosterone.

Treats diabetes

Zinc balances the insulin hormone that regulates the blood sugar and cures the diabetes naturally. It benefits the level of blood sugar as it store insulin to the pancreas and release when the glucose is enter to the blood stream. It properly utilizes the digestive enzymes that are essential for the insulin to bind to the cells so that glucose could be used in the body as a fuel.

Absorb nutrients

Zinc is essential for the body to use the amino acids. It is associated in the breakdown of carbohydrates which are the main source of energy in the body. Low level of zinc leads to the low level of energy and leads to the chronic or adrenal fatigue. The adequate amount of zinc promotes the healthy metabolism.

Traditional uses

Fruits are used as cardioprotective, general tonic, cardiotonic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, antidote to poisons and stings.

The juice of Bottle gourd is used to treat cardiovascular disorder, indigestion, stomach acidity and ulcers.

It is used to treat of allergic and inflammatory disorders such as rhinitis, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and diabetes.

A decoction of Bottle gourd is used to treat of ascites, anasarca and beriberi.

In India, the seeds are taken internally to cure headache.

In Indian medicine, leaves are used as a purgative and soup of young shoots is used against constipation.

In Benin, decoction of leaves is used for icterus.

In India and Nigeria, a decoction made from leaf is used to treat jaundice.

In Madagascar, a decoction made from root is used as enema.

Nutritional value

Serving Size: 1 Cup, 116 g

 

Calories 16 Kcal.

Calories from Fat 0.18 Kcal.

PROXIMITY

AMOUNT

% DV

Water

110.83 g

N/D

Energy

16 Kcal

N/D

Energy

68 kJ

N/D

Protein

0.72 g

1.44%

Total Fat (lipid

0.02 g

0.06

Ash

0.5 g

N/D

Carbohydrate

3.93 g

3.02%

Total dietary Fiber

0.6 g

1.58%

Minerals

 

 

Calcium,    Ca

30 mg

3.00%

Iron, Fe

0.23 mg

2.88%

Magnesium, Mg

13 mg

3.10%

Phosphorus, P

15 mg

2.14%

Potassium, K

174 mg

3.70%

Sodium, Na

2 mg

0.13%

Zinc, Zn

0.81 mg

7.36%

Copper, Cu

0.03 mg

3.33%

Manganese, Mn

0.077 mg

3.35%

Selenium, Se

0.2 µg

0.36%

VITAMINS

WATER SOLUBLE VITAMINS

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

0.034 mg

2.83%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

0.026 mg

2.00%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

0.371 mg

2.32%

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)

0.176 mg

3.52%

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

0.046 mg

3.54%

Vitamin B9 (Folate)

7 µg

1.75%

Folic Acid

0 µg

N/D

Folate, food

7 µg

N/D

Folate, DEF

7 µg

N/D

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)

11.7 mg

13.00%

FAT-SOLUBLE VITAMINS  (RETINOIDS AND CAROTENOIDS)

Vitamin A, IU

19 IU

N/D

LIPIDS

Fatty acids, total saturated

0.002 g

N/D

Palmitic acid 16:00 (Hexadecanoic acid)

0.001 g

N/D

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

0.005 g

N/D

Oleic acid 18:1 (octadecenoic acid)

0.005 g

N/D

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

0.01 g

N/D

Linoleic acid 18:2 (octadecadienoic acid)

0.01 g

N/D

AMINO ACIDS

Tryptophan

0.003 g

0.68%

Threonine

0.021 g

1.19%

Isoleucine

0.038 g

2.27%

Leucine

0.042 g

1.14%

Lysine

0.024 g

0.72%

Methionine

0.005 g

N/D

Phenylalanine

0.017 g

N/D

Valine

0.031 g

1.47%

Arginine

0.016 g

N/D

Histidine

0.005 g

0.41%

 

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