Sponge gourd is a thin and green smooth skin with white flesh, and a flat ovate seed. It somewhat has a similar taste to zucchini. Sponge Gourd is rich in various antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, nutrients, and lipids. It contains Vitamin A and carbohydrates. It is a great source of Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, and total dietary fiber.
It has many surprising health benefits. Here are some health benefits of sponge gourd.
Improves heart health:
Sponge gourd is a source of Vitamin B5 that is helpful in reducing the bad cholesterol levels and even triglycerides which reduces the chances of cardiovascular diseases. It is very good for overall heart health.
Sponge gourd juice can help in conditioning the defense mechanism in your body, helping it to fight or combat in a better way against infections and viruses.
May help to purify blood:
Sponge gourd can detox your body, it can help in eliminating poisonous elements in the blood. It is very beneficial for your liver as it looks after liver health. It can even lessen the side effects caused due to the prolonged consumption of alcohol.
May help to remove the symptoms of constipation:
Sponge gourd may serve as a highly effective alleviation of constipation problems as it has healthy laxative properties. It may even be useful to cure pile disease.
Sponge gourd is rich in Vitamin B6 which is essential in producing hemoglobin in the blood which helps to transport the oxygen to the cells and mobilizes iron. Consuming adequate amounts of Vitamin B6 can help in reducing the symptoms of anemia and even prevents its occurring.
Prevents muscle pain:
Sponge gourd contains potassium, the low presence of potassium in the body may lead to muscle cramps, spasms, and pain. Potassium is a great help in balancing the fluid levels and relaxing the muscles. It even helps in assisting to break down the protein and carbs on which the muscle is dependent for the energy and repairing of it.
Sponge gourd contains copper that helps in providing anti-inflammatory properties which soothe the stiffness and pain. Copper even helps in repairing cognitive tissue and assisting with muscular strength.
Other than that it improves brain function, and is helpful in jaundice.
To know more about a healthy diet contact a diet coach or nutritionist.
Nutritionist & Diet Coach
1. Anita Sahu - Nutritionist & Diet Coach - Utopia Life Coach & DP's Cuisine Restaurant in Siliguri, West Bengal, India.