Bottle Gourd, also known as Calabash and Lauki in Hindi, is a vegetable that might seem tasteless and boring. But you will be shocked to know the various health benefits of bottle gourd. The flesh of the bottle gourd is generally edible. Another way of eating bottle gourd is by extracting its juice and drinking it.
Bottle gourd is easily available in the Indian markets and is budget-friendly during its season. It is recommended to consume about 100 grams of bottle gourd as vegetable or its juice form every day during its season.
Today in this article we will be looking at the nutritional value and health benefits of Bottle Gourd. So, let’s begin.
100 gram of Bottle gourd consists of the following nutritional value.
The minerals present in Bottle gourd are as follows.
The vitamins present in Bottle gourd are as follows.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin A
12 Health Benefits of Bottle Gourd (Lauki)
1. Improves your digestive system
Bottle Gourd being easy to digest is suitable for children, old people, and people recovering from any serious disease. It should be consumed regularly as Bottle Gourd provides you with nitration which helps in rapid recovery and gaining strength.
2. Great for your liver
Consuming bottle gourd or bottle gourd juice on a regular basis keeps your liver healthy. It helps in regenerating liver tissues and ultimately improves the functions of the liver. People with gall bladder stones should also consume this vegetable on a regular basis.
3. Great for your brain
Bottle gourd if consumed on a regular basis makes your brain sharp. It helps in improving your memory.
4. Cure for people with urination problem
Diseases related to urination are quite common nowadays. Consuming bottle gourd every day improves urine output because of its diuretic properties. Burning sensation during urination and urination infections are automatically treated if bottle gourd is consumed properly.
5. Healthy heart
Bottle gourd is great for your heart as it checks and maintains the cholesterol level in your body. Bottle gourd also plays a major role in maintaining your blood pressure level.
6. Quenches thirst during summer
During Indian summers, there is a huge loss of water from the body in the form of sweat. People tend to become thirsty. Drinking bottle gourd juice during summers helps to solve this problem, as it is rich in water, vitamins, and various minerals.
7. Prevents constipation
Bottle gourd increases the quantity and flow of stool. So, people with constipation, gastritis and acidity problem can find this vegetable very useful. People with piles can also benefit by eating bottle gourd.
Bottle gourd is alkaline in nature and plays a major role in the treatment of acidity.
8. For weight loss
Bottle gourd or lauki is not directly related to weight loss. But indirectly it may aid you in your weight loss journey. As we all know bottle gourd is highly rich in vitamins and minerals and consuming it will keep you full for a long. It has a very low amount of calorie and fat content which makes it one of the best vegetables that you can consume during your weight loss journey.
9. Anti-aging property
Bottle gound has anti-aging properties. Consuming bottle gourd on a regular basis will help you prevent wrinkles and premature white hair development.
10. Great for people suffering with gouty arthritis
People with gouty arthritis ( uric acid crystals get deposited in joints ) should consume bottle gourd.
11. Removes toxins from body
Bottle gourd cleanses the various channels in the body and ultimately helps in removing toxins and harmful chemicals from the body.
Ayurveda mentions the cooking of bottle gourd before consuming it. If you are into drinking bottle gourd juice you should always keep in mind not to drink bitter bottle gourd juice. The bitter juice is not at all good for health.
12. Depression and anxiety
Bottle gourd uplifts your mood anytime and treats sudden depression and anxiety. The presence of choline in Bottle gourd helps to treat anxiety.
So now as you can see how beneficial Bottle Gourd is for our health, be sure to try it out especially in the summer season.