Lagenaria secaria, also known as calabash, bottle gourd or white flowered is a fruit of a vine. It can be harvested young and used as a vegetable or harvested mature, dried and then used a bottle, utensil or pipe.
The fresh fruit is characterized by a light green skin and white flesh.
Bottlegourd is often underestimated because of its simple yet it possesses some glorious health benefits. Few of them are discussed below.
HYDRATES YOUR BODY
Bottle gourd is 92% water. With its electrolyte content, bottle gourd can easily replenish minerals lost during summer or in a workout. It promptly cools the body and soothes the stomach.
Deinking bottle gourd juice can be an effective remedy to heal ulcers, nose bleeds or pimples.
LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
With its ample amount of minerals, bottle gourd juice can lower bloodpressure.
Bottle gourd is an affluent source of potassium. Recent studies suggest that a diet rich in potassium may be equally as beneficial in lowering bloodpressure as a low sodium one.
CURES TUMMY TROUBLES
Bottle gourd juice with its fiber content lowers the ph of the stomach and help manage heartburn.
Bottle gourd juice with a pinch of rock salt can easily replenish minerals lost in bouts of diarrhea.
Fiber also promotes intestinal peristalsis making the passage of stools through the intestines alot easier, thus relieving constipation.
HELPS IN WEIGHTLOSS
Bottle gourd is incredibly low in calorie. This property along with its fiber content assist in weightloss.
Fiber adds bulk to the contents of the stomach inducing stomach stretch receptors send signals to the brain of being full and ultimately lower your calorie intake.
TREATS URINARY INFECTIONS
Bottle gourd is a diuretic. Drinking bottle gourd juice mixed with lime juice is an easy way to aid symptoms associated with urinary tract infections.
Bottle gourd is abundant in choline, a kind of neurotransmitter, which assists brain function and helps relieve stress and anxiety.