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WINTER MELON HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Posted in VEGETABLES HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Name                          :           Winter melon

Scientific Name      :           Benincasa hispida

HEALTH BENEFITS:

Winter melon is used as a part in traditional Chinese medicine. It acts as a diuretic which reduce the swelling. It is helpful for treating kidney weakness and hypertension. It works as a great for losing weight. It is also effective to treat snakebites and mercury poisoning. Winter melon is a good source of amino acids, natural sugars, minerals, organic acids and vitamins.

Eliminates free radicals

Vitamin C is an antioxidant which prevents the damage caused by free radicals, pollutants and toxic elements. Free radicals are formed in the body when the food is break down or when exposed to the tobacco, smoke or radiation. The buildup of free radicals contributes to the health ailments such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis.

2. Prevents flu and cold

Vitamin C promotes the immunity function of the body which prevents from the viruses of cold and flu. The evidence shows that the presence of Vitamin C in the Winter melon reduces the chances of lung infections and pneumonia.

Reduce the chances of stroke

The study of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that the people who intake adequate amount of Vitamin C, their chances of stroke was reduced by 42%. Winter melon possesses Vitamin C by 19.11% which helps to reduce the risk of stroke.

4. Prevents migraines

Vitamin B2 deals the headaches caused by migraines. It is shown that the frequency of migraines, pain and symptoms is reduced with the intake of Vitamin B2 which is also found in Winter melon. It also shortens the duration of migraine headaches.

Eye health

The studies show that the eye problems are related to the deficiency of riboflavin. Vitamin B2 forbids the eye ailments such as keratoconus, cataracts and glaucoma. The research shows the correlation between the consumption of riboflavin and reduces in the eye disorders.

Maintains energy levels

Vitamin B2 is required for proper functioning of nerve, brain, digestive and hormones. The absence of Vitamin B2 leads to the improper digestion of protein, fat and carbohydrate foods. So, it is essential for the repair and growth of body. It converts the nutrients into the energy which provides the healthy metabolism.

Riboflavin also maintains the proper activity of thyroid and adrenal. The deficiency of riboflavin increases the chances of thyroid ailments. It also calms the nervous system, chronic stress and regulates the hormones.

Digestive health

The dietary fiber in Winter melon enhances the digestive function. It allows the stool and bulk to pass through the digestive system. It forbids the digestive diseases such as colon cancer, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel.

Heart health

Soluble fiber lowers the absorption of cholesterols and fat in the body. It eliminates the bile which is made from the cholesterol. Therefore, it reduces the overall cholesterol stores from the body.

Maintains the cognitive function

Iron helps to transport the oxygen to the brain which supports the brain function. The fact is that brain uses the 20% of the oxygen in the body. The deficiency of iron results in the mental problems and harms the memory. The deficiency of iron may cause the learning difficulties in the infants and children.

MINERALS:

Serving Size: 1 cup ( 128 g)

Calories 17 Kcal

Calories from Fat 2.34 Kcal.

NUTRIENTS

AMOUNT

% DV

Energy

71 kJ

N/D

Protein

0.53 g

1.06%

Total Fat

0.26 g

0.74%

Ash

0.4 g

N/D

Carbohydrate

3.96 g

3.05%

Dietary Fiber

3.8 g

10.00%

VITAMINS

Vitamin C

17.2 mg

19.11%

Vitamin B2

0.145 mg

11.15%

Vitamin B1

0.053 mg

4.42%

Vitamin B6

0.046 mg

3.54%

Vitamin B5

0.176 mg

3.52%

Vitamin B3

0.528 mg

3.30%

MINERALS

Sodium

147 mg

9.80%

Zinc

0.81 mg

7.36%

Iron

0.53 mg

6.63%

Phosphorus

25 mg

3.57%

Manganese

0.077 mg

3.35%

Copper

0.03 mg

3.33%

OTHERS

Tryptophan

0.003 g

0.68%

Lysine

0.012 g

0.36%

Methionine

0.0047 g

0.28%

Palmitic acid

0.015 g

N/D

Stearic acid

0.007 g

N/D

Oleic acid

0.049 g

N/D

Linoleic acid

0.115 g

N/D

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