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Bottel Gourd/Lauki Health Benefits

It is one of the earliest vegetables cultivated by man, believed to be originated in Africa. Bottle gourd, not very familiar to the western world, is one of the favorite vegetables in Indian Cuisine. It grows in humid weather of India, Sri Lanka and other tropical countries. Bottle Gourd or Lauki has many properties that are valued in traditional healing.

Benefits of Lauki/Bottel Guard

– Good for people who are on low calorie diet because it contains 96.1 % water.
– Consumption of bottle gourd helps in overcoming jaundice.
– A glassful of plain juice with a pinch of salt should be taken everyday. Its use during summer prevents excessive loss of sodium, quenches thirst and helps in preventing fatigue.
– Cooked lauki is cooling, calming and acts as diuretic.
– It plays a very important role in treating urinary disorders. Prepare a glass of fresh juice by grating lauki and then mixing it with limejuice.
– It has a high fibre content and thus useful in regulation of bowel movements.
– Due to its high fibre content it can be used to prevent gastrointestinal disorders, constipation, piles, ulcers. It acts as a diuretic and calms you down after consumption.
– Flatulence is another common concern which is seen in people today due to irregular food habits. In all these cases if Bottle Gourd is taken along with required quantity of water per day, positive results can be seen.
– This vegetable is very good for balancing liver function.
– Ayurveda suggests Bottle gourd juice once daily in the early morning for treating Graying Hair.
– Bottle gourd has gained importance for weight loss as it is very high in fiber and water and hence helps to curb hunger pangs.

How to make Loki Juice

– Grate lauki with home grater (called Kaddu kas). Put the grated loki on tea strainer. Squeeze it with big spoon or table spoon by putting pressure. Collect the liquid in glass. You can also add grounded black pepper or black salt to suit your taste. You can honey/lemon to improve its taste. Dont add sugar.

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