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Health Benefits of Bottle Gourd

Bottle Gourd
Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain
September02/ 2016


Bottle gourd commonly called as lauki is a staple food item seen in most of the Indian cuisine. Bottle gourd contains 92% of water and it got its name because of its shape. Bottle gourd is a famous vegetable all around the world.

Health Benefits of bottle gourd

There are many health benefits of eating bottle gourd. The most famous benefits are:

  1. Cooling effect

Bottle gourd contains excessive amount of water and have a cooling effect on your body. It is generally consumed during summer as it reduces excessive body heat and keeps your stomach cool.

  1. Sleeping disorder

Bottle gourd reduces or completely eradicates the sleeping disorders in patients. Generally insomnia patients who are treated with bottle gourd juice. A mixture of bottle gourd juice and sesame oil is usually used for treating sleeping disorder.

  1. Healthy heart

Bottle gourd is known to improve heart health by regulating the blood pressure. Bottle gourd can be included in daily diet for better results.

  1. Hair graying

Hair graying is caused due to adulteration of food and pollution in people between 25-30 years of age. Drinking a glass of bottle gourd juice every morning can stop the premature graying of hairs in both men and women.

  1. Dandruff treatment

Dandruff is a condition when a layer of dead skin cells is formed on the scalp. Bottle gourd plays an important role in reducing dandruff. Mix equal quantities of amla and bottle gourd juice and massage it over the scalp to completely remove danduff

  1. Stress reduction

Stress is the common problem seen in all age groups. Stress level is increased due to an unhealthy diet. The adequate water content in bottle gourd helps in cooling your body and reduces stress.

  1. Reduction of Blood pressure

Drinking bottle gourd juice helps in reducing the blood pressure. Healthy diet containing bottle gourd helps in proper functioning of the heart.

  1. Balance the blood sugar level

Bottle gourd does not contain sugar compounds and thus it is considered as a stable food for diabetic patients. More amount of bottle gourd can be included in the diet which helps in balancing the blood sugar levels.

  1. Improves digestion

Bottle gourd helps contains water and digestive fibers. The digestive fiber present in the bottle gourd improves digestion process.

  1. Weight loss

Bottle gourd is used mainly for weight loss purpose. Drinking bottle gourd juice daily helps in reducing weight.

  1. Anti-Inflammatory

Bottle gourd has anti-inflammatory properties.  Consuming bottle gourd helps in reducing inflammation of liver and kidneys.

  1. Diarrhea

Drink bottle gourd juice by adding a pinch of salt to it that will help in treating diarrhea.

  1. Insomnia

Mix bottle gourd juice along with sesame oil in equal amounts and apply it on the scalp before going to sleep. Applying this mixture daily will help in curing insomnia problems.

  1. Urinary Tract Infection

Squeeze one fresh lime into a glass of bottle gourd juice. Drink this juice regularly to treat the urinary tract infections.

Atefa Noorain
Atefa Noorain

Atefa Noorain, (Microbiologist) former Head of the Department of Life Sciences, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Sujatha Degree College for Women. She worked as an Associate Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters and an Associate Editor of two research journals. She has presented her research work in 3 International Conferences. She has written articles for national journals and international journals. She had been felicitated as a Young Speaker in the last conference. She has worked on Nanoparticles as a part of her research project and won the Best Scientist of the Day award.

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