Amazing medicinal values of brinjal (egg plant)


Brinjal ('baigan' in Hindi) is a common vegetable in India. But this common and afforable vegetable is rich in iodine, potassium, fibre and various anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. Brinjal has high medicinal values due to the resence of these chemicals. This article discusses the medicinal values of brinjal.

Brinjal is known as 'king of vegetables'. In Hindi, brinjal is known as 'baigan'. This vegetable is very high on various nutrients. It should be consumed by all regularly because of its content of iodine, iron, fibre, potassium, vitamin B6 and other nutrients. In this article, we will discuss some of the medicinal properties of brinjal.

Brinjal helps in preventing cancer

Brinjal contains high level of fibre and anti-oxidants. So, if brinjal is consumed on a regular basis, it protects human body cells from free radicals which damage the cells. Moreover, the anti-carcinogenic activities of brinjal resist the growth of malignant cells.

Brinjal lowers cholesterol level

Brinjal contains chlorogenic acid which is a powerful anti-oxidant. It lowers cholesterol level in body. Brinjal also contains fibre which increases the absorption of cholesterol by the liver.

It prevents heart diseases

Brinjal is rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and various phytonutrients like favonoids. So, brinjal lowers the risk of heart diseases. The anti-oxidants present in brinjal keep the arteries in proper health and minimize the chance of heart attack.

Brinjal controls blood pressure

Brinjal contains potassium. Potassium plays an important role in maintaining the electrolyte balance of the body and neutralizing the effect of sodium. So, it helps in controlling blood pressure.

It is good for diabetes patients

Brinjals are low in carbohydrate and high in fibre content. So, brinjal helps in maintaining/controlling blood sugar (glucose) levels in human body. Diabetes patients must include brinjal in their diet.

Brinjal is good for brain

It can help preventing brain damage as it contains phytonutrients which can protect cell membranes. These phytonutrients can boost memories an help in transferring messages from brain to other parts of the body.

It gives the skin a glowing effect

As already stated, brinjal contains anti-oxidants which protect the skin from free radicals. In addition, the high water content in brinjal helps flushing out of toxins from body giving the skin a natural glow.

Brinjal helps to quit smoking

Brinjal also contain traces of nicotine. The presence of nicotine in brinjal helps people (who regularly consume brinjals) to quit the habit of smoking.

It is great for weight loss

Brinjal is low in calorie content. One hundred gram of brinjals contain only twenty five calories. So, it helps controlling the weight. Moreover, the presence of fibre give a feeling of satiation and reduces food intake.

Concluding comments

Brinjal is a very popular vegetable in Indian households. It is easily available, affordable and can be taken in various ways. It can be taken as curry, fry or in boiled state. However, it is advisable to use stainless steel knife (instead using a metal knife) to cut the brinjal, because it prevents chemical reaction between phytochemicals present in the brinjal and the metal. Because of the medicinal properties of brinjal, we must include it in our diet chart.


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Comments

Author: Venkiteswaran27 May 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 5

Brinjal was very much relished by us in our childhood, especially when it is fried with good amount of oil and onions.
But my paternal uncle who knew about Ayurvedic system and even had an allopathic medical store always used to ridicule us saying that the only vegetable without any benefits is brinjal. He always used to tell us that brinjal increases 'pitha' (bile).

But brinjal and potato were the first choices when time is less and we want to cook some dish.

I think the points listed in the article -such as low in carbohydrate, rich in fiber, traces of nicotine, low in calorie, chemical reaction between phytochemicals present in the brinjal and the metal- all may be the reason for my uncle to say against Brinjal. Probably in his eyes it only gave some mass for the stomach to pass down.

I wish this article be factual, then only I can justify my liking to 'Brinjal fry'.



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