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Benefits of Eggplant And Its Side Effects

In some places, eggplant or brinjal is often referred to as the ‘King of vegetables’ and it is not without cause. It has a wide array of health benefits. It helps you get strong bones and offsets the onset of osteoporosis. It helps you to deal with symptoms of anemia, increases cognitive function, improves cardiovascular health and, even, protects the digestive system. Furthermore, it also helps you to lose weight, reduces stress levels, helps to protect infants from birth defects and also fights some strains of cancer.

Benefits of Eggplant And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Eggplant
Nutritional Value of Eggplant
Health Benefits of Eggplant
Takes care of your heart
Helps to fight cancer
Improves cognitive function
Helps in digestion
Helps to lose weight
Good for your bones
Helps treat anemia
Useful during pregnancy
Helps to manage diabetes
Uses of Eggplant
Side-Effects & Allergies of Eggplant
Cultivation of Eggplant

Eggplant

Belonging to the genus Solanum, eggplant or aubergine is a species of nightshade and is primarily grown for its edible fruit. In South and South-East Asia, it is commonly known as brinjal. The wild varieties of this purple or black coloured glossy vegetable can grow up to a length of more than a foot. However, the normal edible versions are considerably smaller. The eggplant is basically a delicate and tropical perennial plant and it grows best in temperate climate. It is native to South Asia but different varieties of it are used in different cuisines all across the globe.

Nutritional Value of Eggplant

Eggplants are rich in a wide range of nutrients which are beneficial for our health. It is rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin B1 and copper. Other nutrients like manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate and Vitamin K are also found in good quantities. Eggplant or brinjal is low on cholesterol or saturated fat. It contains phytonutrients like nasunin and chlorogenic acid.

Health Benefits of Eggplant

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Eggplant
Health Benefits of Eggplant

Takes care of your heart

Eggplant contains Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, potassium and phytonutrient and, thus, is good for overall heart health. Eggplant helps to maintain the cholesterol level in our body by increasing the intake of good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering bad cholesterol (LDL). Risks of heart attacks, strokes and atherosclerosis are substantially reduced if LDL levels are reduced in our body. Eggplant also is effective in regulating our blood pressure and this ultimately reduces the stress and strain on our cardiovascular system. This helps to keep our heart in good shape.

Helps to fight cancer

Eggplant has polyphenols that exhibit anti-cancer effects. The anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid present in eggplant function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and, thus, help to fight the effects of cancer. These compounds help to eliminate the harmful free radicals in our body and thereby protect our cells. This further helps to prevent growth of tumor and the growth and spreading of cancerous cells. Vitamin C, also present in eggplant, stimulates the production of white blood cells, which are our body’s primary line of defense.

Improves cognitive function

Eggplant is a rich source of phytonutrients, which are known to increase cognitive ability and to improve overall brain health. These phytonutrients eliminate the disease-causing free radicals from our body and protect our brain from getting affected. They help our brain to receive blood rich in oxygen and, thus, help neural pathways to develop. This, in turn, improves our memory and the ability to think analytically. Eggplant also contains potassium which is a vasodilator and is instrumental for the proper functioning of our brain.

Helps in digestion

Eggplant contains a very low content of cholesterol or fat. It is however rich in dietary fiber. This fiber adds bulk to our stool and helps in the effective elimination of waste materials from our body. The fiber stimulates the secretion of gastric juices which helps our body to easily digest food and also to absorb the nutrients.

Helps to lose weight

You can incorporate eggplant in your diet if you are keen to lose weight. Eggplant has no cholesterol, no fat and is very low in calories. Consumption of this vegetable, rich in fiber, inhibits the release of a hormone called ghrelin. This hormone is instrumental in causing us to feel hungry again. The fiber fills us up and reduces any chance of overeating.

Good for your bones

Being rich in Vitamin K and copper, eggplant helps to prevent osteoporosis, increases bone strength and also enhances mineral density. Collagen, present in this vegetable, helps in the formation of connective tissue and bones. The potassium in this vegetable helps to absorb calcium and, thus, helps your bones to be healthy and strong.

Helps treat anemia

People having anemia suffer from headaches, migraines, fatigue, weakness, depression and cognitive malfunction. Eggplant, being a rich source of iron, helps to fight anemia and its resultant symptoms. It also contains copper which, together with iron, helps to increase the count of red blood cells. Adequate quantity of red blood cells is required to prevent the feelings of stress and fatigue and to feel energetic and strong.

Useful during pregnancy

Folate is essential for pregnant women as it aids in brain development of the baby that she is carrying. Folic acid protects the infants from any defects in their neural tubes. Thus it is advisable for pregnant women to include eggplant in their diet.

Helps to manage diabetes

Eggplants are good for managing diabetes as it is rich in fiber and low in soluble carbohydrates. Consuming this vegetable helps to regulate glucose and insulin activity in the body. Stable levels of insulin help to avert the dangerous effects of diabetes in our bodies.

Uses of Eggplant

The skin of eggplant has a number of nutritional benefits. Eggplant is ranked among the top 10 vegetables in oxygen radical absorbance capacity. This is because it is rich in phenols which help to eliminate the free radicals in our body. Fried eggplant tastes good but they absorb a lot of oil. It is better to consume baked, roasted or steamed eggplant.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Eggplant

Inspite of all the health benefits that eggplant provides, consumption of this vegetable in large quantities can have some harmful effects on your body. Nasunin, present in eggplant, is a phytochemical which can bind with iron and remove it from the cells. The oxalates in this vegetable can cause stones in the kidney. Finally, eggplant belongs to the nightshade family of vegetables and may cause allergic reactions in some people if taken in large quantities.

Cultivation of Eggplant

Eggplant is believed to have originated in India and it has been cultivated there as well as in China for close to 1500 years. In Sanskrit, literary references to eggplant can be found dating back to 3rd century A.D. The use of different types of eggplant is also documented in Chinese history within a period of 7th – 9th century A.D. Aubergine, as it is known in the United Kingdom, first appeared in a British botany book in the 16th century. Later, this vegetable was introduced to different countries via different trade routes.

Eggplant grows best in warm climates and a temperature range of 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. Rich, well-drained slightly alkaline soil is also best suited for the cultivation of this vegetable. This plant requires about 5 months of warm weather before it can bear fruits.

Popular Questions & Answers

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Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Men are advised to follow a sexual exhaustion diet along with homoepathic treatment to increase their stamina on a regular basis, which includes - Foods like fresh fruits, especially strawberries, quince, plums, peaches, mangoes, figs, coconuts, bananas, apples, raspberries, pomegranates, pears, papayas, grapes, dates, cherries and apricots. Vegetables that have an aphrodisiac effect on the body, some of which can include eggplant, cucumbers, celery asparagus, carrots and corn. Other vegetables that are also highly recommended in a diet for sexual erectile dysfunction include garlic, avocadoes, tomato, beans, garlic, onions, parsley, spinach, turnips, soybeans, watercress, peppers and leeks. Nut and seeds, being good sources of protein, help boost sex drive and therefore, pine seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts are all good for sexual health. Apart from following a healthy diet, it is important for people to make certain lifestyle changes too, which can help improve their sexual health. Stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga as also massage therapy are all great for increasing sexual drive and performance. People should make it a point to get an adequate amount of rest, sleep and relaxation, to decrease sexual problems. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the major contributors to sexual problems, in men and women. Hence, getting an adequate amount of exercise each day can be very useful in improving overall health, which also includes sexual health.. consult me for homoepathic treatment without side effects. .recommend me by clicking on recommend option and leave feedback..

Hi, I have a problem of piles and I checked with gastro surgeon and confirmed I am in second stage. I have a problem like blood drops while using toilet and some burning sensation. Nowadays I am getting some bad smelling liquid coming out through my anus. I am taking hatikkai powder daily with Luke warm water after dinner. Now sometimes I am getting blood sometimes not. But discharge is there. I am bit confused but I have interest only on ayurveda homeopathy or Siddha because I have fear on surgery. Need someone's help.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Gurgaon
First of all make sure that it's only Piles and not fistula. If it's Piles, Safe effective and deep acting Homeopathic Medicines will certainly help you. Edibles To Avoid :- Amchoor Amchur, Ajwain, Elaichi Cardamom, Imli Tamarind, Laung Cloves, Teekha-Mirch (Red-Green), Fig, millet, Cluster Beans, Brinjal-Eggplant, sesame, peanuts, pickle, Buckwheat Flour,  Pain killar Medicines, >>>To eat more :- Guava, Orange, Apricot, Plums and Prunes, Banana, Pear, Mosambi (Sweet orange), Curd, Salad >>>To continue as usual :- Cumin Seeds, coriander, turmeric, Salt, Aniseed-Fennel, Kashmeeri Lal-hari mirch in minute quantity, and all other food items not mentioned above, unless not forbidden due to other ailments Take following medication: (1) Alpha Liv Syrup 2 tsf twice a day before food (2) R 13 - 15 Drops 4 times a day In 15 ML of water (3) Aesculus Hip Ointment thrice Daily. For 15 days.
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MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello, Start daily exercise and lose some pounds. Eat food items rich in protein and less in carbohydrates.Fish ,oyetsers etc will benefit. Make your life style active to boost your metabolism and quit any addiction if having.

How to increase weight I am trying and eating a lot of food but there is no result. Please advise

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Dear lybrateuser, - along with a well balanced diet you have to do some exercise to increase weight - have fruits, vegetables, whole grains, more of protein foods such as eggs, milk & milk products, legumes, pulses, nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pista, cashew, foods containing healthy fats such as seafood, olive, canola or sunflower oil, avocados, nuts like almonds, walnuts - have plenty of oral fluids along with 7;8 glasses of water for proper hydration - do regular exercise like walking, playing a game, jogging, swimming to tone muscles & keep the body fit - to increase weight your calorie intake should be more than the calorie expenditure, consult a dietician for the calorie requirement per day as per your constitution & food habits.
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How to become fat my weight is 34 and age is 20 female can any non side effective medicine's is there. Pls give any solutions.

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga, PGDM
Homeopath, Indore
Eat foods that are rich in calories like pulses, cereals, meat, bread, rice, dry fruits, and nuts. You can also follow by adding vegetables like French beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, carrots, lettuce, spinach, asparagus, pumpkins, and eggplants to your diet. Add a healthy portion of red meat to your diet too if you are non vegetarian. But keep in mind not to overdo it. The aim is to add weight, not cholesterol! You can even add olive oil in generous quantities to your salads. Another way to add calories to your diet is by increasing the consumption of dairy products. Don€’t cut back on the fat content in your milk. Do not ask for low-fat curd, paneer, cheese, at the store. Make sure you consume a full calorie dairy product. DIET CHART TO GAIN WEIGHT - Breakfast: • One, big glass of orange juice or banana shake • A bowl of oatmeal to which dried nuts like almonds, walnuts and raisins are added—using skimmed or low-fat milk and some sugar • 2-3 whole eggs, scrambled or boiled if non- vegetarian • 2-3 slices of multi-grain bread coated with a bit of butter Pre-Lunch/Mid-day Snack: A bowl of yogurt made from low-fat milk Or A few granola bars that are fortified with raisins and sesame seeds Or Whole fruits like apples or chiku or mango Lunch: • At least one form of animal meat like chicken or meat, i.e. One to two servings.(if non- vegetarian) • 4-5 rotis made from whole wheat or multi-grain flour, smeared slightly with ghee. • A big bowl of dal • A cup full of boiled rice • If eating meats is a problem, supplement it with cottage cheese made from tofu or low-fat milk Early Evening Snack: The better choice is a glass of low-fat milk to which an energy-inducing mix has been added. You can choose from a variety of malted mixtures. Try to add more of the malted mix rather than using synthetic sugar. You can use a few high-fiber biscuits or cookies to dip and munch upon. Dinner Options for Gaining Weight Dinner needs some planning since you need to end your day on a calorie high. You should combine at least one type of green vegetable along with a dal or a serving of chicken or fish with some gravy. It is better to have more of rice for dinner rather than rotis from the perspective of gaining weight. Ensure you ask the person cooking meals to use lentils with higher calorie content. This includes black grams and kidney beans. Options for Post-Dinner Snack Dry fruits and yogurt • Fruits like strawberries, apples, mangoes or grapes I hope the above diet chart will help you. We have good medicines in homeopathy to gain weight. For further details, consult us or book an online appointment Take alfalfa syrup for 2 tsp twice a day for a month. And then report thereafter for further treatment.

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Health benefits of eggplant

1. Lower blood cholesterol absorption

2. Protect heart and arteries

3. Assist with stomach ulcer

4. Assist nerve condition

5. Prevent infection

6. High fibre content

7. Prevent cancer

8. Low in calories

9. Clean blood

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A Perfect Detox Regime To Clean Excess Sugar From Your Body!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
A Perfect Detox Regime To Clean Excess Sugar From Your Body!

Sugar is present in all your beverages, smoothies, cookies, desserts, food items and more. But the not so sweet truth is that too much sugar in your diet can turn your life topsy-turvy. It increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, deters the immune system and even harms the brain function. Artificial sugar tablets are recently reported to cause liver dysfunction n other abdominal disturbances, also. So, in order to break the addictiveness of sugar that can rob you of your health, all you need is a clear path to detox from sugar.

Here are some pointers on how to detox your body off excess sugar:

  1. Turn away from sugar: Sugar is more addictive than cocaine. Man-made white sugar is normally harmful. So you need to develop a strong will-power to eliminate sugar completely, as you would do if you are trying to come out of alcoholism or other intoxications. You should not just avoid table sugar, but also keep away from all the sneaky sugars available in processed food and beverages. Ideally, a time period of 10 days is suggested to give up on any kind of sugar.
  2. Stack up on proteins: Eat meals that contain lots of good protein and fat. Since they are difficult to digest and take more time to absorb, it will make you feel full for a long time and sustain your energy levels. The key to balancing blood sugar and insulin levels, without much cravings can be achieved through a high protein diet.
  3. Eat the right carbs: Avoid refined carbs and starchy foods like potatoes, white bread, pasta and baked goods. Instead opt for natural carbohydrates present in vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, eggplant, and artichokes. It is also good to avoid grains and beans during your detox period.
  4. No artificial sweeteners: You might be tempted to replace sugar with artificial sweeteners, but this is not really beneficial. Artificial sweeteners are just temporary solutions when weaning from sugar and we do not know about its long term benefits. In the long run, it might be just as addictive as sugar. If at all you crave for something sweet, go for natural fruits.
  5. Consume whole foods: Foods that don’t come in boxes, cans or bottles. Whole foods like vegetables, fruits, lean meat, nuts, fish, seeds and healthy fats will help a great deal to curb cravings and also keep you satiated.
  6. Sleep well: Last but not the least, get quality sleep time to beat cravings for sugar and suppress hunger hormones. Sleep your way to fight against the desire to overeat and improve your energy levels. A good night’s sleep will do wonders for your overall well-being. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Post Natal Diet Plan

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Mumbai

Post Natal Diet Plan

Prefered foods during postpartum:
Fresh - warm - oily - soupy - moist - nourishing - delicious - creamy - digestible

Preferred proteins:
• boiled warm milk
• milk puddings w/o egg
• split lentils soaked overnight made into thin soup, perhaps
• almond or other nut milks
• nuts or seeds, well soaked (24 - 48 hours) for snack or prepared with soups,
Vegetables, grains, or sauces
• yogurt or buttermilk drink thinned half with water and seasoned with desired
Spices
• ricotta, cottage and other unfermented cheeses
• chicken and fish soups after about 4 weeks for non-vegetarians

Preferred carbohydrates:
• basmati rice (cook with an extra 1⁄2-1 cup water per cup of rice)
• unleavened wheat such as couscous, pastas, chapattis (unleavened tortillas)
• grains such as oats, quinoa and amaranth.
• favor less refined sugars such as honey, succanat, turbinado, and especially iron
Rich sweeteners such as dates, raisins, molasses and dark indian jaggery if available.

Preferred vegetables:
Prepare all vegetables until tender, season well and enjoy with healthy oils (sesame, sunflower, walnut, avocado, almond) or butter
• artichoke
• asparagus
• avocado
• beet
• carrot
• fresh dill and fennel
• okra
• pumpkin and winter squashes
• yams or sweet potatoes
After the first three weeks postpartum, the following vegetables can be introduced; summer squashes, green beans, broccoli, peeled eggplant, spinach or chard cooked with plenty oil, seasoning, salt, and lime or lemon juice.

Preferred fats:
Use healthy fats and oils more abundantly than normal. This is important for optimal rejuvenation. Fats are building blocks for hormones and are important support and functional components of the cell membrane. Research show that low blood lipids are associated with depression and low hormone levels.
Essential fatty acids (efas - omega 3, 6, and 9) are, as the name indicates, essential to the body, mind and nervous system. The brain does not produce enough of these important oils, and if we get depleted, we are likely to suffer from anxiety, restlessness, and depression. Furthermore, low breast milk production and engorgement has been linked to low efas. The brain is more than 60% fat and needs a lot of healthy oils for its health.
• flax seed oil
• ghee (clarified butter)
• butter
• sesame, toasted sesame, and sunflower oils
• coconut and olive oil in the summer

Sinusitis Treatment - How Ayurveda Can Help With It?

Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences (BNYS), M.sc in yoga and naturopathy, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Ayurveda, Delhi
Sinusitis Treatment - How Ayurveda Can Help With It?

The vast majority of us never consider our sinuses when we take a full breath through the nose. For others, this problem of stuffy nose, excruciating headaches, fever and infections, in episodes of sicknesses, last up to twelve weeks no less than four times each year. We should take a look at how this issue occurs and how to help them through Maharishi Ayurveda. This is how sinusitis occurs:

  • Sinus issues are really brought on by a fundamental irregularity in Prana Vata (the subdosha of Vata that sees the brain and the head) and Shleshaka Kapha (a subdosha of Kapha, which administers oil and dampness levels).
  • At the point when these two sub-doshas are at the same time imbalanced, another problem emerges. Ama, the sticky waste that is a result of processing, gets blended with Shleshaka Kapha in the sinus area, shaping a more toxic, sticky bodily fluid called Shleshma. Shleshma settles in the zone and stops the channels of the sinuses. Because of the confinement and blocking, Pitta dosha likewise gets to be imbalanced, and irritation occurs.
  • At that point when each of the three doshas are out of adjustment, the body turns into a ground for bacteria, allergens, or infections. Air contamination, changes of hot and frosty climate increase it further. Eating unnecessary measures of chilly, sweet, not being able to workout or exercise can add to the problem.

Here is how it can be cured through Ayurveda:
Step 1: Eat foods that are not very hot, furthermore not very chilly. Stay away from extraordinary temperatures or foods that have extreme temperatures, for example, stew peppers or super cold foods and refreshments. Eat properly cooked, warm dinners that are light, sustaining, and simple to process. For instance, for breakfast, you could eat a stewed apple, and for the dinner eat khichari (a light and sustaining porridge made with two sections rice and one section mung dhal).
Step 2: Drink a lot of water seasoned with flavours, to decontaminate the sinuses of toxins and to allow the harmful waste that has developed to stream out. Bubble two quarts of water, empty the water into a bottle, and put two leaves of basil, two thin cuts of ginger, four leaves of mint, two bits of clove, and ¼ teaspoon of marshmallow root. Continue drinking this water for the duration of the day, however, make it again every morning.
Step 3: Detoxify the body and restore the sinus territory. Eat a lot of natural, crisp foods grown from the ground. Abstain from eating eggplant, banana, tomato and pepper, since these block the channels. Try not to skip meals or suppers, since that will annoy the stomach and create more problems for your body.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

FISN, FISPD, MD - General Medicine, MBBS, DM
Nephrologist, Delhi
Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

A dialysis diet is a special diet that is customized for patients who are or will be starting dialysis within a short period of time. Such a diet is prepared to reduce the waste and fluid levels that keep on accumulating between the dialysis sessions so that the patient remains healthy for the process to be carried out seamlessly.

What can you eat?
Eat foods which are rich in high-quality proteins (poultry, fish, lean meat and egg whites).

What can’t you eat?
Eat less of foods which are rich in sodium and phosphorus.

Foods high in Sodium
1. Use minimum salt in preparing the dishes; this helps control BP and probable weight gain that might happen between the dialysis sessions.
2. Make use of spices, herbs and other salt-flavored enhancers.

Meat
1. Patients on dialysis need to include more of high-quality protein foods in their diet. This will help regulate blood protein levels. Eat about 10 ounces of foods rich in high-quality protein every day.
2. 1 egg, ¼ cup of ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of tuna.

Salads/Vegetables

  1. The potassium content of vegetables can be alarming for a patient on dialysis. Eat 3 servings of vegetables that are low in potassium every day. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, garlic, cucumber, eggplant, celery, radishes, etc.
  2. Avoid vegetables such as beets, potatoes (in any form- wafers or wedges), winter squash, cooked spinach, pumpkin, asparagus and avocado.

Note:

  1. Although seeds, nuts, peanut butter, lentils, dried beans and peas are rich in protein, they are generally struck off from the diet plan because of their high phosphorus and potassium content.
  2. You can have moderate amounts of grains, bread and cereals.
  3. Try and not have brown bread and other whole grains as they are loaded with phosphorus.
  4. Usually, 5-10 servings of these are considered sufficient for patients on dialysis.
  5. Also, limit intake of milk and other dairy products.
  6. ½ cup yoghurt or ½ a cup of milk is considered safe. Also, remember that all varieties of milk- skim, whole and low fat, have the same amount of phosphorus.
  7. All fruits contain some amount of potassium. However, some of them contain more potassium than the others. Limit your intake of fruit juices.
  8. Avoid or limit fruits like: 
  9. Orange juice and oranges
    • Kiwis
    • Prune juice and prunes
    • Dried fruit and raisins
    • Melons
    • Bananas

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Eggplant
Nutritional Value of Eggplant
Health Benefits of Eggplant
Takes care of your heart
Helps to fight cancer
Improves cognitive function
Helps in digestion
Helps to lose weight
Good for your bones
Helps treat anemia
Useful during pregnancy
Helps to manage diabetes
Uses of Eggplant
Side-Effects & Allergies of Eggplant
Cultivation of Eggplant