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18 Jul 2016

Teasel Gourd

Teasle Gourd, Kantola or Spiny Gourd

Teasle gourd or Kantola belongs to the bitter gourd family but is not as bitter in taste even with the skin on.

Health Benefits

It is a rich source of phytonutrients and low in calories only 17 cal per 100g. They are full of different nutrients like dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.

  • Reduces blood sugar level in diabetic patients.
  • Reduces the chances of cancer and is anti-aging 
  • Improves digestion
  • helps in prevention of various eye diseases,
  • helps in prevention of cardiovascular diseases
  • a very good antioxidant and promotes cleansing of the body.
18 Jul 2016

Sponge Gourd

Sponge Gourd or Chinese Okra

One of the healthiest green vegetables is Sponge Gourd also known as lufa. Lufa is basically a fruit but consumed as vegetable. To make it edible, one needs to harvest it at early stage of development. The fully developed gourd is used as the scrubbing sponge in bathrooms and kitchens.

These gourds are sometimes arrow straight sometimes curved in shape. The fruit has ridge lines that run across the fruit skin.

Sponge gourd possess many healing and medicinal properties and is quite useful in asthma, skin diseases and splenetic enlargement. Researchers discovered that its regular consumption is helpful for rheumatism, backache, internal hemorrhage, chest pains as well as hemorrhoids.

Benefits

  • It acts as a Blood Purifier
  • Helps Prevent Diabetes
  • Prevents Indigestion
  • Helps in Weight Loss
  • Helps to cure Jaundice
18 Jul 2016

Snake Gourd

Health benefits:

Some of the most important health benefits of snake gourd include its ability to improve the strength of the immune system, reduce fevers, detoxify the body, improve the digestive processes of the body, increase hydration in the body, treat diabetes, boost the strength and quality of the hair, and aid in weight loss.

Nutritional Value of Snake Gourd:

Snake Gourd contains a rich variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for human health, including significant levels of dietary fiber, a small number of calories, and high levels of protein. In terms of vitamins, snake gourd possess vitamin A, B, C, as well as manganese,magnesium, calcium,iron, potassium, and iodine.

18 Jul 2016

Ridge Gourd

RIDGE GOURD, LUFFA, SPONGE GOURD, CHINESE OKRA OR TURIA

Ridge Gourd is a dark green, tapering and ridged vegetable. In contrast to its dark green exterior ridge gourd has white spongy pulp inside in white are embedded white seeds. Ridge gourd benefits is low in cholesterol and saturated fats but high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, riboflavin, thiamine, zinc, iron, manganese and magnesium. Ridge gourd nutrition value makes it appropriate for weight loss plans.

  • Ridge Gourd benefits to reduce hyperacidity
  • Benefits in weight loss as ridge gourd is low in calories
  • Ridge Gourd is very good for diabetics
  • Premature graying of hairs can be prevented with ridge gourd
  • To reduce body and foot odor use ridge gourd regularly
  • Ridge Gourd may serve as a highly effective alleviation towards the constipation problems
  • Ridge gourd acts to boost the liver health
  • serves to decrease the side results of alcohol intoxication.
  • may even be utilized to cure piles disease
18 Jul 2016

Ivy Gourd

Coccinia grandis, Ivy Gourd, Kundru: A Miraculous Vegetable

Coccinia grandis, the ivy gourd, also known as baby watermelon, little gourd, gentleman's toes, tindora, or (misleadingly) gherkin is grown for its edible young shoots and edible fruits.

Nutritional Value:

Apart from their delightful taste Ivy gourd is a good source of nutrients, vitamins and mineral. Consuming 100 gram of ivy gourd supplies, 1.4mg of Iron, 0/08mg of Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), 0.07 mg of Vitamin B1(Thiamine), 1.6g of Total dietary fiber and 40 mg of Calcium. Ivy Gourd will provide you with the best 10 health benefits that you can enjoy by including this vegetable in your daily diet.

  1. Protects the nervous system
  2. Promotes metabolism in the body
  3. Might prevent cancer
  4. Helps in normalizing blood sugar levels
  5. Prevents kidney stone
  6. Promotes heart health
  7. Strengthens bones
  8. Promotes better immunity
  9. Promotes digestive health
  10. Might help in treating depression

Apart from the above, ivy gourd can also be helpful in treating iron deficiency related anemia due to its iron content. It is also useful for weight management, as it provide nourishment and satiation without adding much to the total calorie intake. It has anti-histamine qualities which support the use of this vegetable as topical treatment to cure skin irritations and allergies. In ayurveda, ivy gourd is also used in preparing medications for anorexia and coughing.

18 Jul 2016

Bottle Gourd

BOTTLE GOURD, LAUKI, WHITE-FLOWERED GOURD OR CALABASH GOURD

Bottle Gourd has many health benefits and also helps in weight loss. The excessive water content in the vegetable makes it a most preferred and widely used summer vegetable.

Here are five reasons to embrace Bottle Gourd or Lauki whole-heartedly in your daily diet:

1. Great for Weight Loss –
2. Helps Treat Urinary Disorders
3. Good for Your Heart
4. Beats Insomnia and Helps You Sleep Easy
5. Helps Stocking up Loss of Water Content in Your Body

18 Jul 2016

Egg Plant

The Eggplant, also known as aubergine, garden egg, guinea squash, melongene and brinjal come in a variety of shapes and colors from small and oblong to long and skinny, from shades of purple to white and green. No matter the name, shape, or color, all eggplants contain many beneficial nutrients and phytochemical compounds that benefit human health.

Besides taste, it's also got a string of healthy properties that might be reason enough to get you to eat it.

1. Aubergines are rich in fiber and antioxidants which work together to keep cancer at bay.
2. Aubergines are great for weight-loss because they're low on calories. 100 grams of aubergine contains something as low as 25 calories.
3. Aubergines are good for your heart and could help prevent heart disease.
4. Aubergines help control blood pressure as they contains potassium which helps maintain an ideal electrolyte balance in the body.
5. Aubergines are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber which helps diabetics.

One cup of raw eggplant contains 20 calories, 0.8 grams of protein, 4.82 grams of carbohydrate, 0.15 grams of fat and 2.5 grams of dietary fiber. A one-cup serving meets 10% of daily fiber needs, 5% potassium, 3% vitamin C, 5% vitamin B-6, 1% iron and 2% magnesium.

18 Jul 2016

Pointed Gourd

Pointed Gourd/ Parwal

Pointed gourd is rich in Vitamin A, B1, B6, C, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, dietary fibers and many other health nutrients. There are multiple benefits of Pointed gourd; some of them are listed below:- It is helpful to solve problems related to gastrointestinal disease. It aids in digestion by its light nature and liver detoxification. The seeds of pointed gourd treat blood sugar and cholesterol problems in a very eased way. It makes your salivary tubules active and aids in anorexia. It is good for skin and hairs too. It acts as a blood purifier and clarifies your skin texture.

Health Benefits of Pointed Gourd

  • Improve Digestion
  • Skin Benefits
  • Weight Loss
  • Blood Purifier
  • Lowers Cholesterol & Blood Sugar
17 Jul 2016

Drumstick

MORINGA OLEIFERA, known popularly as DRUMSTICK TREE

Drumsticks are loaded with valuable minerals, healthy proteins and essential minerals making it a healthy food. Moringa oleifera, a tree that has all the vitamins and minerals, and all the amino acids needed for a healthy body.

Health Benefits of Drumstick:

Moringa tree has been referred to as the ‘Miracle tree’ for its versatility and experts all over the world believe Moringa to be an ideal plant to combat under-nutrition because of its nutritional benefits and availability. It has been estimated that fresh leaves of moringa plant contain -

  • 4 times the vitamin A of carrots
  • 7 times the vitamin C of oranges
  • 4 times the calcium of milk
  • 3 times the potassium of bananas
  • 2 times the protein of yogurt
  • It is also a rich source of iron having almost three-fourth of the amount present in spinach leaves.
17 Jul 2016

Cilantro

CILANTRO  or CHINESE PARSLEY

All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking. Coriander leaves are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and protein. They also contain small amounts of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, thiamin, niacin and carotene.

Some of the health benefits of coriander leaves:

1. Coriander lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
2. A very good food for digestive system, coriander promotes liver functions and bowel movements.
3. Coriander is good for diabetes patients. It can stimulate the insulin secretion and lower the blood sugar levels.
4. Vitamin K in it is good for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
5. The fat soluble vitamin and antioxidant- Vitamin A, protects from lung and cavity cancers.
6. Coriander contains anti-inflammatory properties. This is why it is good against inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
7. Coriander's anti-septic properties help to cure mouth ulcer.
8. Coriander is good for the eyes. Antioxidants in coriander prevent eye diseases. It's a good remedy in the treatment of conjunctivitis.
9. Coriander seeds are especially good for the menstrual flow.
10. It's a very good herb to promote the nervous system. It can stimulate the memory.
11. Coriander helps those suffering from anaemia. Coriander contains high amounts of iron, which is essential for curing anemia.