Health Benefits Of Bottle Gourd
Bottle Gourd or "Upo" in Filipino, is a nutritious vegetable found in most tropical countries such as Philippines and India. It has a bottle-shaped structure with yellow-green skin and a pulpy flesh with white seeds. This article will discuss the health benefits of this wonderful plant.
In Ayurveda, bottle gourd is widely used as a herb and healing plant. It is also considered as a weight loss food because of its high fiber content which helps suppress hunger for a longer period of time. Unknown to many, this vegetable is composed of 97% water, similar properties with watermelon, an antioxidant rich fruit.
Bottle gourd is a known nutrition-packed food with low calories and absolutely no fats. It contains vitamins A, C, B6, E, K, calcium, iron, folate, potassium, manganese, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium.
Below are some of the known health benefits of this nutritious plant.
- Bottle gourd juice is a great alternative remedies for diarrhea, diabetes and liver detoxification.
- This vegetable aids in nerve related diseases such epilepsy and neuralgia.
- Bottle gourd juice is also a good remedy for stomach upset, ulcers and indigestion or hyperacidity.
- Promotes weight loss
- Bottle gourd helps treat jaundice
Aside from the benefits above, bottle gourd is also a natural thirst quencher due to its high water content. This also makes bottle gourd to have a relaxing or soothing effect which prevents fatigue and is anti-bilious.
In summary, bottle gourd is a perfect alternative for breakfast and afternoon snack instead of indulging yourself to unhealthy processed and junk foods. So the next time you go to your local market, don't forget to buy some bottle gourd to support your health needs.