Bottle Gourd Benefits, Nutrition & Side Effects

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Bottle gourd is one of the most healthy and hydrating vegetables loaded with vitamins and minerals. Botanically, Bottle gourd belongs to the broader Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family of plants, in the genus: Lagenaria. Scientific name: Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl. Some of the common names are white-flower gourd, upo-squash (Filipino), long-squash, etc., in the west and doodhi or lauki in the Indian subcontinent. This awesome vegetable and easily available in the market. It looks like a bottle and green in color. Whether taken in cooked form or by its extracted juice it is super healthy. According to some research, bottle gourd has sedative and antibilious properties. Some of the health benefits of Bottle gourd are as follows.

Health Benefits Of Bottle Gourd

1. Improves Digestion and Relieves Constipation

Bottle gourd contains both soluble and non-soluble fiber along with high water content. This helps in improving digestion and treating constipation effectively. The water in bottle gourd or lauki helps in cleaning the digestive tract and also helps in easy bowel movement. It also helps in relieving acidity, flatulence and in treating diarrhea. Fresh lauki juice or bottle gourd juice mixed with a spoon of lime juice helps in treating urinary problems.

2. Weight Loss

Bottle gourd is one of the best foods you can have if you want to lose weight as it is 96% water, and a 100g serving contains as little as 12 calories. The high fiber content will take care of your hunger, and keep you feeling full.

3. Helps Sleeping Disorder

Sleeping disorders will run away from you if you consume gourd. Sleepless nights spent by you are no more if you consume the juice of lauki mixed with sesame oil. This proved to be a successful treatment for insomnia.

4. Anemia

The goodness of the innate iron and folic acid in the bottle gourd is beneficial in the prevention of the anemia. Anemia is the disease caused by the lack of the iron in the diet. The iron is the component of the hemoglobin, which acts as the transfer of the oxygen molecule to the various part of the human body.

5. Improves Cardiovascular Health

Consuming bottle gourd on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for our heart and helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy. This benefit of bottle gourd is due to the presence of antioxidants in them. The antioxidants present in the bottle gourd fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and thus prevents our cardiovascular system from the oxidative damage caused by the free radicals.

In addition to this, bottle gourd is also a good source of dietary fibers that manages cholesterol level in our system, prevents our arteries from getting clogged by the plaque, reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and thus reduces the risk of various cardiovascular problems. The potassium, an essential mineral present in the bottle gourd acts as a natural vasodilator, relaxes our blood vessels, improves blood circulation and thus helps in controlling high blood pressure or hypertension, which is a leading cause of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc.

6. Stronger Bones

Consuming bottle gourd on a regular basis is very beneficial for making our bones stronger and for reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which our bones get abnormally weak and fragile. This bone strengthening benefit of bottle gourd is due to the presence of minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese etc. in them.

7. Skin

The goodness of the various antioxidant and essential nutrient innate in the bottle guard is beneficial in obtaining the charming skin. Consumption of the bottle gourd is effective in soothing the liberation of the excess of oil from the skin. This is effective in preventing the skin infection and acne occurrence.

Nutrition

Bottle gourd is containing various nutrients required for the human body. The major proportion of the bottle gourd is comprised of the Carbohydrate, which is less than four percent by volume. Further, the significant proportion of the bottle gourd is comprised of the Dietary Fiber. It has the slight amount of fat that is less than one percent. The protein comprises less than one percent by volume of bottle gourd.

It is the good source of the water-soluble vitamin-like C and B complex. The B complexes present in the bottle gourd are B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6 and B9.

Minerals present in the bottle gourd are Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc is the meager amount.

Side Effects

Even though bottle gourd is really good for your health, it can sometimes be bad. Bottle gourd juice that tastes bitter can seriously damage your digestive health according to a study published in Indian Journal of Gastroenterology in 2011.

Guidelines: The Indian Council of medical research has recommended few guidelines regarding the consumption of bottle gourd to the public:

1. A small piece of bottle gourd should be tasted before extracting the whole fruit juice to ensure that it is not bitter. If found bitter, then the whole fruit should be discarded.

2. Bitter bottle gourd juice should not be consumed at all.

3. Bottle gourd juice should not be mixed with any other juice.

4. In the case of discomfort after consumption (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or any feeling of uneasiness), the person should be immediately taken to nearby hospital.

Sources & References:
www.nutrition-and-you.com
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ndb.nal.usda.gov

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image source: Pixabay Bottle gourd is one of the most healthy and hydrating vegetables loaded with vitamins and minerals. Botanically, Bottle gourd belongs to the broader Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family of plants, in the genus: Lagenaria. Scientific name: Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl. Some of the common names are white-flower gourd, upo-squash (Filipino),...
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