Monday, June 3, 2013
K. Shah 7 comments
Know What You Eat: Diabetes ?? Looking for Weight loss?? Blood Pressure ?? Heart Problems??? Consuming cooked bottle gourd or bottle gourd juice shows its effects in cooling, calming and easy digestion. Low in calorie and fat it is also great for weight loss and high cholesterol levels. One such vegetable is bottle gourd. Known more in the Chinese regions and Indian subcontinents, bottle gourd has many names in local dialects such as hulu, calabash, lauki, dhudhi, hyotan, hisago etc.
Let’s check some of the benefits of bottle gourd juice..
Bottle Gourd Juice for Weight Loss
Recently, bottle gourd has gained the importance for its weight losing properties. Since bottle gourd is high in water and dietary fiber, drinking a cup of bottle gourd juice in morning empty stomach gives a good fiber rich start to the day. While juice of a 100 gm bottle gourd only provides you as low as 14 calorie, it helps to curb the hunger pangs in morning and restrict you from over eating in the breakfast.
If you are drinking bottle gourd juice for weight loss, then you should not strain the juice as the weight loss properties are mainly because of its fiber content which gets filtered in the straining process. Also bottle gourd juice with a fruit bowl is a healthy replacement of unhealthy high calorie snacks in afternoon.
Blood Pressure and Heart Problems
Many health experts and naturopaths suggest that drinking bottle gourd juice benefits to high blood pressure and heart patients. Regular consumption of a cup of bottle gourd juice with a glass of water in empty stomach in early morning helps to reduce the high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and makes the heart healthy.
High fiber content in bottle gourd is helpful for digestive system, though it should never be consumed in raw form as it can harm the stomach and intestine. Fiber supports the digestive system and prevents constipation and its related disorders like flatulence and piles. This vegetable is also recommended by Ayurveda practitioners for liver inflammation and to support the liver to efficiently process food for maximum absorption of nutrition.
Bottle gourd is full of water content and cooling properties, and so useful in treating urinary disorders. A glass of bottle gourd juice helps to reduce the burning sensation in urinary passage caused by high acidity of urine.
Bottle Gourd Juice for Diabetics
Bottle gourd or Lauki juice is an excellent remedy for the excessive thirst caused by diabetes, diarrhea, and over consumption of fatty foods. A glass of bottle gourd juice with a pinch of salt quenches the thirst, prevents fatigue due to loss of sodium and keeps you refreshed in summers.
Premature Graying of Hair
As per Ayurveda, consuming a glass of bottle gourd juice in early morning prevents and treats premature graying of hairs.
Bottle Gourd - 1 medium (washed, peel if required) (for approx 2 glass)
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Fresh Mint or Cilantro Leaves: 15-20
Black Pepper - 1-2 pinch
Black salt - to taste (optional)
Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Lemon Juice - 2-3 tsp
Ice cubes as required
Water as required
1. Wash, dice & blend bottle gourd (lauki), ginger, mint leaves with a cup of water in a blender for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add another cup of water, lemon juice, black salt, pepper powder, cumin powder & ice cubes and blend it for another two to three minutes.
3. Strain (optional) into individual glasses and serve chilled.