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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Winter Melon

Disha Jain
Disha Jain

Ash gourd is one of the most highly cultivated plants in certain parts of the world because of its nutritional value and great health benefits.

Ash gourd belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family. It is a large, round to oval fruit pod which is eaten as a cooked vegetable and  is also used in the confectionary products.  Ash gourd is a large vine vegetable grown annually and has similar kind of growth characteristics as gourd vegetables. The melons can grow up to 80 cm in length and are stored for many months. 

The nutritional value of winter melon makes it quiet important for human health, as it is rich in  vitamin B2 and Vitamin C which are essential for the body .In addition to the vitamin B & C , winter melons also contain high levels of  zinc, potassium, phosphorous , iron, dietary fibre and assorted other vitamins and minerals in minute amounts. These nutrients together make for a very strong dietary supplement, which is why winter melon is a widely respected plant throughout the world. 

The health benefits of Winter melon are;

It is used as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine. It reduces the swelling as it is diuretic. It is quite helpful in treating kidney problems , hypertension, weight loss and is also effective in treating snakebites and mercury poisoning. Winter melon is a great source of minerals, amino acids, organic acids, natural sugars and vitamins.

Removes free radicals

Being an antioxidant Vitamin C prevents the damage done by free radicals and toxic pollutants. Free radicals which are developed in the body when food is digested or due to smoke, tobacco or radiation. The piling up of free radicals adds to the health ailments like heart disease, arthritis and cancer.

Boosts Vision

Many vision problems  occurs due to a deficiency of vitamin B2. Winter melon has very high levels of vitamin B2.  By surging the amount of vitamin B2 into your system, reduce your chances of  getting eye disorders.

Also the antioxidants present in ash gourd helps in reducing oxidative stress in the retina .

Protects the heart by reducing the chances of stroke

A study by American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that people who intake adequate Vitamin C, have less chances of stroke. 

Boosts Immunity

Ash gourd is a powerful immune booster as it can fulfil about 19% of your daily vitamin C needs in a single serving. Vitamin C  stimulates the production of WBCs. Winter melon also have a decent amount of zinc, which is another important component in boosting immunity. 

Prevents migraines

Vitamin B2 is a powerful package in dealing with migraines : heals the headaches , reduces the frequency, duration, pain and symptoms of migraines. Winter melon contains Vitain B2 in abundance.

Improves Cognitive Function

The significant level of iron in ash gourd ensures proper blood circulation to the extremities of the body. Iron is a main component in the development of RBCs, thus a better circulation of healthy oxygenated blood. Thus winter melon protect against the symptoms of anemia as well as ensure proper blood flow to the brain, therefore increase in concentration, focus, and memory.

Energy level maintenance

Vitamin B2 is essential for complete functioning of nerves, hormones, brain, and digestive. In the absence of Vitamin B2 protein, carbohydrate and fats are not properly digested.  foods. So, it is required for the growth and repair of body as it converts the nutrients into the energy which is the essential for both processes .

Also riboflavin in ash gourd maintains the regular activity of adrenal and thyroid. Riboflavin also calms chronic stress, the nervous system and regulates the hormones.

Helps in Weight Loss

As winter melon is high in fiber and low in calories it is considered to be an effective weight- loss tool. 

The rich blend of nutrients and minerals promotes muscle growth and a stronger metabolism. 

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