New Delhi: Ridge gourds are one of the most underrated among the other vegetables. This green fleshy vegetable popularly known as ‘Jhinga’ is rich in a vast array of essential components like dietary fibers, water content, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and vitamin B6.
Ridge gourd is rich in vitamin A in the form of beta carotene that helps to improve eyesight even at an older age. They also aid in preventing macular degeneration, partial blindness, and other eye ailments.
Being a valuable antioxidant, beta carotene rids the optic nerves and visual blood vessels of toxins, thereby shielding the eyes from harmful free radicals.
Eating ridge gourd will be very effect full for the Anemia patient as it has profuse quantities that help to cure anemia, caused due to iron deficiency. It is plentiful in vitamin B6, which plays a key role in the proper synthesis of red blood cells in the body along with iron. Thus, it regulates blood flow to all organs in the body, alleviating symptoms of pain and fatigue.
Promotes Weight Loss:
Ridge gourd is low in calories and possesses negligible concentrations of saturated fats and cholesterol. It also helps to digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food promptly upon ingestion and also averts the excess accumulation of fats in body tissues.
A vegetable of the gourd family, the ridge gourd comprises copious volumes of water. In addition, the flesh of ridge gourd is filled with cellulose, a natural dietary fibre. Following this, consuming ridge gourd in dals or fries, or simply drinking a glass of ridge gourd juice sweetened with some honey instantly provides relief from constipation.
Protects Liver Function:
Ridge gourd is bestowed with the ability to purify the blood of toxic wastes, alcohol residues, and undigested food particles. Hence it plays a crucial part in augmenting liver health and bile function. Bile is a fluid secretion of the liver, which helps break down lipids or fats. It also effectively treats jaundice and other infections arising in the hepatic duct.