Bottle gourd or Lauki, also known by many other names such as long melon, New Guinea bean along with its scientific name " lagenaria siceraria " , is a fast growing annual vine almostly available in tropical and subtropical countries. Bottle gourd is one of the most used vegetable since ancient time and it is believed to be one of the first cultivated plants in the world. However, this delicious vegetable is widely used and surprisingly echoing in fitness world.
Here is few reasons why bottle gourd is definitely the suitable vegetable for a healthy life style and for a balanced diet :
It is a great tool for weight loss :
Bottle gourd is effectively helpful when it comes to weight loss thanks to its high content of water. It is composed of about 92% of water and is one of the lowest calorie vegetable carrying only 14 calories per 100g. Lauki will satisfy your appetite with less calorie intake, keep you full for a longer time and thus help you to shed that stubborn extra pounds
It detoxify your body :
Although vitamin C is not a direct cause of weight loss but it absolutely contributes to lower body mass. In fact, vitamin C works as a powerful antioxidant as it flushes toxins out of your body system, empowers your immunity and serves you with several healing effects. Hence, bottle gourd is a good dietary supplement that will definitely you live healthy. Bottle gourd is also a tremendous nutrient to strengthen hair and to improve your skin tone. Being a crucial element when building collagen, Lauki will end your suffering with your greying hair and bring the smile back to your face. It will maintain the elasticity of your skin as well and thus preserves your youthful look. It is recommended to use its leaves to clear skin infections.
Bottle gourd and digestion regulation :
Having a high concentration of both soluble and insoluble fibres, bottle gourd is very friendly to your digestive system. It is very powerful to cure constipation, stomach acidity, indigestion and diarrhoea. It is highly recommended to have a fresh bottle gourd juice in the morning on an empty stomach, especially for people suffering from diarrhoea. However, gourd juice should be consumed alone and not combined with other vegetables. You got simply to wash a fresh bottle gourd, peel the skin, cut it into slices and blend for 2 to 3 minutes after adding some water. You can add some fresh ginger, some fresh mint, a pinch of salt and black pepper to enhance the taste.
It keeps you hydrated :
Thanks to its high content of water, bottle gourd promotes the required hydration to your body especially during summer. Actually, it stabilizes your body heat, replenish the lost water and serve your body with a cooling relief. As a result, it will prevent urinary infection and reduce the risks of inflammations at the level of the liver and kidneys. Such incredible benefits will make you feel healthy and energetic.
It keeps your heart healthy :
Bottle gourd is a good source off vitamins ( including vitamin C, A and a range of vitamin B), important nutrients ( protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus..) and with an extremely low content of fat and cholesterol. These important properties help maintaining your heart health, ensures a good blood flow, break down the cholesterol level into your body, control blood pressure and prevent risks of hypertension or heart ailment. Bottle gourd is also very effective when it comes to blood sugar which makes it an excellent choice for people with diabetes
Note : Although it has multiple benefits and can do wonders when it comes to weight loss, bitter bottle gourd juice can be seriously dangerous and even poisonous which may damage your digestive system and put your health into a real jeopardy.