Ivy Gourd is used for food and medicinal purposes. Ivy gourd is a plant, a popular vegetable in Asian countries. Coccinia Grandis is the scientific name of ivy gourd, and also known as “Dondakaya” in Telugu, “kundru” in hindi. Ivy gourd can be helpful in curing constipation, wounds, diabetes and other conditions.
Health Benefits of Ivy Gourd
- Ivy Gourd Leaves are used for treating fever, bronchitis, jaundice, and osteoarthritis. The leaves of the plant may also be used for making herbal tea.
- Ivy Gourd is rich in calcium that can strengthen the bones effectively.
- Ivy Gourd contains good amount fiber, B vitamins, and iron and normalize blood sugar.
- Ivy Gourd have antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic and anti-allergic properties.
- Ivy Gourd reduces high fever because of its anti-pyretic quality.
- Due to high pectin content in Ivy Gourd, it controls blood sugar levels.
Uses of Ivy Gourd
Cures Diseases: It cures fever, asthma, jaundice, leprosy, and resolve bowel problem due to its anti-oxidant properties. Ivy Gourd also works on free radicals which promotes degenerative illness.
Treats Allergies and Infections: The nutrients present in Ivy Gourd prevents from the anaphylactic conditions and other allergies, as well. Ivy Gourd leaves made into paste to cure scabies and leprosy.
Prevents Cancer: Ivy Gourd contains high amounts nutrients like beta-carotene which suppresses the growth of tumor cells. Adding Ivy gourd in your daily diet reduces the risk of cancer.
Improves Digestion: Ivy Gourd contains fiber that releases constipation by making sure undisturbed bowel movement and also cures ulcers and gastrointestinal problems.
Healthy Nervous System: The vitamin B complex includes Vitamin B1, B2 and B6, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants present in Ivy Gourd plays a vital role in maintaining energy levels and make the nervous system stronger.
Optimizes Body Metabolism: Ivy gourd is a rich source of thiamine. It benefits in the metabolism of fats and protein by converting carbohydrate into glucose. Thiamine then enters into the blood plasma to produce energy and also manufactures red
Treat Diabetes: Ivy Gourd is one of the best vegetables for type 2 diabetes. The raw leaves of Ivy Gourd helps in lowering the blood sugar level by improving the glucose tolerance. The stems and the leaves can be consumed by adding then in soups.
Prevent Obesity: Ivy gourd prevents the pre-adipocytes from converting to fat cells due to its anti-obesity property. Also improves body metabolism to prevent obesity.
Treats Fatigue: Ivy gourd is a valuable source of iron. Iron deficiency can cause anemia and fatigue. Adding Ivy Gourd in your daily diet reduces the risk of fatigue and also anemia.
Prevents Kidney Stones: Ivy gourd contains healthy calcium. The calcium found in Ivy Gourd vegetable is able to prevent kidney stone. The Ivy gourd can also be added with other vegetables like spinach to reduce kidney stones.