The benefits of green vegetable need no reiterating. On such wonderful veggie is Bottle gourd (popularly known as lauki or kaddu). Call it calabash, white-flowered gourd, Tasmania bean or long melon this super veggie has bountiful of health benefits and comes in a variety of shapes-large and round, small and bottle-shaped, or slim and slender and can grow quite long over a meter.
A watery vegetable Lauki contains 96% water and it is a perfect drink for weight loss. The abundance of vitamins (C, B), minerals (sodium, iron, zinc, and potassium) and antioxidant in Lauki make this a very popular vegetable among all health-conscious individuals.
Let’s explore at some of the health benefits of Lauki
Promotes weight loss
Bottle Gourd is used extensively for sustained weight loss. Being a watery vegetable, packed with fibre and low in calories it helps in keeping you satiated for longer time. Even in our traditional Ayurvedic medicine Lauki is considered as one of the best vegetable to reduce that extra flab.
Keeps the body cool
Lauki juice is a perfect thirst quencher and has a chilling effect on your body and keeps your body hydrated. It lowers the body heat and keeps your stomach cool. Drinking Lauki juice during sizzling summer helps to replenish the water loss. It is also used as a natural remedy to treat heat-related problems like pimples and ulcers.
The presence of a good amount of choline a neurotransmitter exhibits anti-bilious and sedative properties in Bottle Gourd promotes the functioning of the brain and helps in preventing stress, depression and other mental disorders.
Bottle Gourd is the best remedy for those suffering from constipation as it is high in fibre and water content helps to clear the colon. In addition, Bottle Gourd also helps in the treatment of acidity as it is alkaline in nature.
Good for the heart
Bottle gourd is an excellent vegetable to maintain the heart health as it is rich in fibre, low in calories and filled with all other essential nutrients promote the heart health and also controls the blood pressure.
Guidelines to use Bottle Gourd juice
The Indian Council of medical research has recommended few guidelines regarding the consumption of bottle gourd to the public:
Avoid consumption of bottle gourd juice in an excess amount at a time.
Do not mix bottle gourd juice with other juices.
Before you extract its juice make sure you taste a small piece and make sure that it’s not bitter.
If you feel any discomfort after consuming it, then consult a doctor immediately.