Bitter gourd is a tropical vegetable, which is cultured mainly in the Asian and African countries. It is also known by the name of ‘Karela’ and has a rough, warty skin. As the name indicates, the vegetable is bitter in taste and has a skin that is dark green in colour.
Bitter gourd has been found to have great medicinal value. In fact, it is said to have antidote, antipyretic tonic, appetizing, anti- bilious and laxative properties. This is the most important reason why this vegetable is used in a number of native medicines of Asia and Africa. Refer to below information for health benefits and nutritional value of bitter gourd.
Nutritional Value of Bitter Gourd
100 grams of bitter gourd comprises of the following nutrients:
â€¢Â Â Â Calcium – 19 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Copper – 0.034 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Dietary Fibre – 3 g
â€¢Â Â Â Dietary Foliate Equivalents – 72 mcg
â€¢Â Â Â Foliate – 72 mcg
â€¢Â Â Â Food Foliate – 5.6 mcg
â€¢Â Â Â Iron – 0.43 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Magnesium – 17 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Manganese – 0.089 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Pantothenic Acid – 0.212 mcg
â€¢Â Â Â Phosphorus – 31 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Potassium – 296 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Protein – 1 g
â€¢Â Â Â Selenium – 0.2 mcg
â€¢Â Â Â Sodium – 5 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Sodium – 5 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Total Carbohydrates – 4 g
â€¢Â Â Â Zinc – 0.8 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Vitamin A
â€¢Â Â Â Vitamin C
â€¢Â Â Â Calcium
â€¢Â Â Â Total Fat – 0g
â€¢Â Â Â Saturated Fat – 0g
â€¢Â Â Â Cholesterol – 0 mg
â€¢Â Â Â Folic Acid – 0 mcg
â€¢Â Â Â Sugars – 0 g
Nutrition Benefits of Eating Bitter Gourd
â€¢Â Â Â Bitter gourd is best medicine for people suffering from diabetes as it helps to lower the sugar level of the diabetic person.
â€¢Â Â Â Bitter gourd is also helpful in providing safety from cancer and other large number of infections.
â€¢Â Â Â Bitter gourd also helps to provide relief from constipation and is found to very effective in the treatment of psoriasis.
â€¢Â Â Â Bitter gourd helps in improving circulation and in turn, generates slimming effects on the body. It helps to reduce or loose body fat/weight.
â€¢Â Â Â Regular use of bitter gourd has been associated with prevention as well as treatment of hypertension.
â€¢Â Â Â Bitter gourd is found to be helpful for the eyes and helps treat neuritis.
â€¢Â Â Â Bitter gourd juice has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of alcoholism.
â€¢Â Â Â The essential vitamins and minerals present in bitter gourd help in treating defective metabolism of carbohydrates.
â€¢Â Â Â The bitter tonic properties of bitter gourd have made it effective as a blood purifier.
â€¢Â Â Â Fresh juice of bitter gourd is good for patients suffering from piles.