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Benefits of Ivy Gourd And Its Side Effects

Ivy gourd is a popular vegetable in African and Asian countries. This vegetable resembles watermelon, and grows quickly as a climber. It is used in several recipes. Each part of this plant offers great health benefits. It can be made into a paste and applied on the skin or can be directly consumed as a tonic. The leaves when eaten raw offer optimal benefits. The ivy gourd plant is known to improve the metabolism, reduce the blood sugar level, and prevent conditions like diabetes. It is also very good for the heart and the nervous system. Studies have even shown that it helps deal with kidney stones. Ivy gourd does not cause side effects, if it is cleaned, boiled or cooked.

Benefits of Ivy Gourd And Its Side Effects

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Ivy Gourd
Nutritional Value of Ivy Gourd
Health Benefits of Ivy Gourd
Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Prevents Obesity
Fatigue
Defends Nervous System
Increased Metabolism
Improved Digestion
Prevents Kidney Stones
Cures Diseases
Protection against Allergies
Treats Infection
Prevents Cancer
Improves Heart’s Health
Uses of Ivy Gourd
Side-Effects & Allergies of Ivy Gourd
Origin And Cultivation of Ivy Gourd

Ivy Gourd

The scientific name of ivy gourd in Coccinia Grandis. It is also referred to as scarlet gourd. This vegetable is famous in West Bengal and north-eastern states of Assam. It is also cultivated in different parts of South-east Asia. The whole vegetable is consumed in some regions, while only the shoots are eaten in other parts of the globe. This vegetable is widely cultivated in China, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Africa. The seeds or parts of this climber is used to cultivate this vegetable. This vegetable grows to about 4 inches a day. It has attractive flowers. But more importantly, the vegetable has many health benefits.

Nutritional Value of Ivy Gourd

The fruits of ivy gourd are used in preparing traditional medicines for effectively treating several diseases and infections. The leaves of this climber contain mast cell stabilizing and antihistamine properties, and hence used for treating fever, bronchitis, jaundice, and osteoarthritis. Ivy gourd is rich in beta-carotene that ensure the optimal functioning of the heart and prevents heart ailments. This fruit also referred to as baby watermelon offers delicious taste and loads of essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. About 100 grams of this fruit gives 1.4mg of iron, 40mg of calcium, 0.07 mg of vitamins B1 and B2, and 1.6 mg of dietary fiber. Most of this fruit just like the watermelon is made up of water.

Health Benefits of Ivy Gourd

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Ivy Gourd
Health Benefits of Ivy Gourd

Regulates Blood Sugar Levels

Ivy gourd is used in Ayurvedic medicines to treat diabetes. The stems of this climber plant and the leaves are cooked and consumed or added to soups. The raw leaves of this vegetable have shown successful results in increasing glucose tolerance. By eating this vegetable in your diet few times a week can do wonders in controlling the blood sugar levels.

Prevents Obesity

Research indicates that ivy gourd has anti-obesity properties. What it does is that it prevents the pre-adipocytes from converting to fat cells. The plant even increases the metabolic rate and has a lowering effect on the blood sugar level. Subsequently, it is used in many Indian recipes.

Fatigue

Iron is an essential element for the optimal bodily functions. Including iron-rich food in the diet is the key to avoiding fatigue. Anemia is often caused by iron deficiency in the body. Ivy gourd has 1.4mg of iron and thus is a valuable source of iron. This vegetable will keep you energized, healthy and fit. Iron deficiency can lead to several health ailments that can be corrected if this vegetable is consumed.

Defends Nervous System

Like watermelon, ivy gourd has water-soluble vitamins like B2. This vitamin plays a big role in maintaining your energy levels. It has minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants that can help make the nervous system stronger. It also helps the body deal with epilepsy, sclerosis, and Alzheimer's. When combined with vitamin B6, it is also effective in curing the symptoms of Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Increased Metabolism

Thiamine is a nutrient that converts carbohydrates into glucose, which keeps the energy levels in the body high, and regulates metabolism. Upon consuming ivy gourd, thiamine enters the blood plasma that generates more energy. This nutrient also helps to manufacture the red blood cells. This energy-boosting vegetable also cures some genetic diseases.

Improved Digestion

Ivy gourd facilitates digestion. It contains fiber that aids in digestion. This vegetable thus adds roughage to the stool and enables smooth bulk elimination. It also cures other gastrointestinal disorders like constipation, ulcers, and disease.

Prevents Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are crystallized form of calcium and other minerals that get deposited in the urinary tract. If the salts exceed the acceptable rate, it can cause kidney stones. The calcium present in this vegetable is healthy and can be combined with other vegetables like spinach to treat kidney stones.

Cures Diseases

This vegetable has shown to cure many diseases. Its anti-oxidant properties are responsible for killing the free radicals responsible for ageing and other degenerative illnesses. It is used to cure fever, asthma, jaundice, leprosy, and resolve bowel problem. It is imperative that you follow the right diet with the ivy gourd included for a few weeks to experience its benefits.

Protection against Allergies

This vegetable has high amounts of saponin, alkaloids, steroids, flavonoids and glycosides. These nutrients protect the body from anaphylactic conditions and other allergies, as well.

Treats Infection

The root, fruits, and leaves of the plant are made into a paste to treat scabies and leprosy. While many medicines are available in the market, but ivy gourd is one of the most effective natural remedies. It also works well as an antibiotic against bacterial infections.

Prevents Cancer

The anti-oxidant properties of ivy gourd and the high amounts of beta-carotene can help prevent cancer. These nutrients are known to suppress the growth of tumor cells and so they aid in stopping the multiplication of cancer cells. Include the ivy plant in your diet to reduce your chances of getting cancer.

Improves Heart’s Health

Ivy gourd is a rich source of potassium. This mineral is essential for the optimal health of the heart by regulating blood flow and preventing heart diseases, too.

Uses of Ivy Gourd

Each part of the ivy gourd offers several health benefits. The root is grounded into a paste and given in small doses in children to stop bedwetting. The ivy gourd plant helps treat mouth ulcers. The leaves can be directly wrapped on wounds to reduce swelling. The juice of the leaves can be made into a tonic and consumed as well. The juice treats diabetes, jaundice, and keeps the blood sugar levels in control. The paste can be applied on the affected area for those treating ringworm and eczema. Finally, the fruits of this plant are used as a vegetable.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Ivy Gourd

While for the most part ivy gourd is beneficial to us, it may have side effects in a few cases. The leaves, fruit, and stem are used to make medicines. There can be those for whom ivy gourd can inflict wounds on the skin. The allergic reaction to the plant will appear on the skin. The reaction time will vary based on when the person consumed the food. The allergy can easily be treated with the help of doctors. It is essential to immediately consult the doctor if any reactions are visible on the skin.

Origin And Cultivation of Ivy Gourd

While for the most part ivy gourd is beneficial to us, it may have side effects in a few cases. The leaves, fruit, and stem are used to make medicines. There can be those for whom ivy gourd can inflict wounds on the skin. The allergic reaction to the plant will appear on the skin. The reaction time will vary based on when the person consumed the food. The allergy can easily be treated with the help of doctors. It is essential to immediately consult the doctor if any reactions are visible on the skin.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have only digestion problem. My stool is not proper. Obesity n sometimes constipation lyka problem I face What should I do to cleanse ma intestines and to my stomach? As I only eat home made food.

Diploma In Diet & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Hyderabad
1. Start with two glasses warm water in the morning. 2. Take one glass water every hour till 7 PM. 3. Eat three fruits daily. 4. Take 5 raisins and 5 dates everyday. 5. Eat more rajma, peas, beans and green veggies. 6. Walk / exercise 30 mins daily. 7. Take 10-15 almonds daily. 8. Follow this for a month and you will be fine.

I am 55 years old I have stone in ureter both side 5/ 6 mm after 3 week of treatment (medicine) stone come slightly down doctor told me for leprscopy is it necessary and one more thing last three months I have pus in urine frequently.

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General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Hello dear lybrate-user, Warm welcome to Lybrate.com I have evaluated your query thoroughly.* The 5 - 6 mm stone in ureter usually responds well with flush therapy and oral stone dissolving agents I doubt since 3 weeks why you are suffering.* We guarantee passage of these stones without any laparoscopy.* If wants detailed treatment guidelines can go for private consultation at Lybrate.com Hope this clears your query. Wishing you fine recovery. Welcome for any further assistance. Regards take care.

Hi, My Mom is 47 years old and Diabetic patient. Her sugar level is under control. For Constipation sometimes she takes Madiphala rasayana with lemon (almost 2 times in a week). This gives her relief. Is it good if diabetic patient's have that syrup?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Madiphala rasayana is not good for diabetic patient madiphal is citrus fruil but process in syrup base .which is sweet in nature. Triphala powder is good for her constipation.

Dear Sir I am having 4.6 mm in the mid pole (right) and 4 mm in the upper pole (left). Scan date on April 2017. No medicines take till date. I have no difficulties at that time. Last one month I have abdomen pain. While checking urine there are presence of RBC 6-8 /HPF PUS CELLS 10-12/HPF CALCIUM OXALATE PRESENT. Currently I have abdomen pain. Kindly advice.

BAMS
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Hi, Drink 3-4 litres of water per day. Drink tender coconut water, nimbu pani everyday. Take tab. Neeri 2tabs twice a day after food for 2-3 months continuously. Consume plantain stem as a vegetable daily which helps in breaking the stone into small pieces and expels them out of the body.
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Popular Health Tips

Besan Ladoo With A Twist

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Besan Ladoo With A Twist

As the chilly winter days melt into the more comfortable spring weather, people celebrate Basant Panchami or Vasant Panchami. For Basant Panchami the yellow colour dominates for not only do people wear yellow coloured clothes, even the food that’s prepared as offering to the goddess is also yellow.

So we have come up with a HEALTHY RECIPE " BESANLADOO" with a AMAZING TWIST.

Lets try it out and if you like it DO share it.

BesanLadooVeganRecipe:

  • Gluten, grain, dairy, soy free recipe can be nutfree too
  • CookTime: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 Tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2.5 Tablespoons jaggery
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • generous pinch of nutmeg powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon skimmed milk

Method:

1. Add chickpea flour to a pan and Dry roast for 5 minutes on low heat. stir once or twice.

2. Add coconut and oil, Mix well and roast for 15 minutes.

Press down and mix well every 3-4 minutes.

3. Add sugar, salt and spices and mix well. Roast on another 3 minutes.

4. Sprinkle milk on the mixture and mix.

5Take off heat. Let cool for a minute or so until warm to handle.

6. Make balls of the mixture. Press crushed cashew or pistachios or raisins on top.

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Good morning, I am Dr Dinesh Singh I am director of Radiation Oncology at Max Hospital, Vaishali. Today we are going to discuss about cancer, the cancer is a group of about 100 disease different diseases and it is basically the cells they start developing, multiplying and then they do not stop first they grow locally and there and then they spread out to different parts and what are the different symptoms of the cancers, well it depends upon which part of the body the cancer is developing like we are discussing about the brain tumors that the patient might have difficulty in vision, he may be having headache, he may be having vomiting or he may be having fits. Then to further investigate we need do a contrast study of the MRI then we diagnosed and then we keep recording it. For head and neck cancers like they can wear ulcer or a soar which doesn't heal, there can be a change in the voice the person might have difficulty in swallowing or so these are the early symptoms of cancers originating into the head and neck area. Then we further investigate we take a biopsy and then we diagnose the patient. For breast cancer, the earliest symptoms is a painless lump usually in Cancer in early stages pain is not there, so whenever there is a lump in a breast it should be investigated to allowed cancer. More than 90% of the lump in the breast on cancerous but it should be evaluated and cure, when we come to the lung cancer the common symptom is a mild cough. So any cough which is not getting the cure for more than two weeks it should be taken seriously it can be tuberculosis, it can be cancerous, so it has to be evaluated and investigative. Talking about the GI cancers of the intestinal cancers, well it present like indigestion or the patient is not getting well some might discomfort in the abdomen. So any problem persisting more than 2 weeks should be investigated by ultrasound, by endoscopy and then we do it. Carcinoma of the rectum and anal canal usually present with a bleeding associated with the stools or without stool should not be confused with the piles because they have the same presentation. So any problem persisting for more than 2 weeks is the thumb rule has to be investigated diagnosed and they have to be treated. Once we see that there is a problem then what we do we have to do an investigation and the first investigation is the biopsy many times a general people they have a false notion that if a biopsy is done then cancer will spread, well it is absolutely wrong. The biopsy is a must and it does not spread cancer. Thank you.

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Best Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Diabetes!

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Homeopath, Delhi
Best Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Diabetes!

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition wherein the body doesn’t metabolise sugar properly. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is responsible for carrying the sugar or glucose, from the bloodstream to the individual cells. When the pancreas fails to produce insulin, glucose builds up in your bloodstream and enters your urine. Homeopathy focuses on the overall health of the individual. Homeopathic medicines for diabetes include:

1. Abroma Augusta: This homeopathic medicine is best for diabetics who have weak muscles, increased appetites and frequent urination.
2. Phosphorus: If symptoms include weak vision, Phosphorus is the best remedy for it.
3. Syzygium Jambolanum: This is one of the best homeopathic remedies for diabetes mellitus. It acts efficiently and promptly in lowering sugar levels.
4. Phosphoric acid: If you feel exhausted or weak all the time, either physically or mentally, then Phosphoric acid is beneficial. Weak memory, forgetfulness and numb feet are also treated with Phosphoric acid.

5. Gymnema Sylvestre: Sometimes, diabetics drastically lose weight and have low energy levels. Gymnema Sylvestre is an excellent remedy for such symptoms.

Sometimes one or more homeopathic medicines may be combined to treat symptoms. Some common combinations include:

1. Lachesis, Arnica, Belladonna and Phosphorus are combined in a treatment to treat retinopathy, which is damage to the eyes caused by diabetes.
2. Serum Anguillae, Arsenic Album and Lycopodium are used together to treat kidney damage (nephropathy) in diabetics.
3. Helonias, Sulphur and Phosphoric acid are taken to deal with neuropathy or nerve problems such as numbness in feet and hands.
4. Syzygium Jambolanum is combined with Secale Cornutum to treat skin ulcers, which is a common problem among diabetics.
5. For people suffering from constipation due to diabetes, Natrum Sulph, Defloratum and Carlsbad are the best medicines.
6. To improve weak memory, Phosphoric acid, Nux Vom and Kali Phos are the best remedies for diabetics.
7. Sometimes diabetics complain of extreme, incapacitating weakness. To improve energy and boost overall health, Carbo Veg, Phosphoric acid, Phosphorus and Arsenic Album are recommended.

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

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Brown Sugar Vs. Normal Sugar - Which One Is Healthier?

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Brown Sugar Vs. Normal Sugar - Which One Is Healthier?

They say, not everything sweet necessarily leaves a sweet taste. True to that, sugar, whether brown or white, is often considered detrimental to health. Not only does it trigger glucose imbalance in the body, it also heightens the potential of cardiovascular diseases. However, if a comparison is drawn between white and brown sugar, the latter is assumed to be healthier. Brown sugar is essentially granulated sugar with molasses, so it contains greater amount of minerals and consequently is recommended over white sugar. Molasses, being a more natural constituent, reaps more health benefits in comparison to white sugar.

The usual process of manufacturing sugar involves extracting the juice from sugar cane, which then is centrifuged to form finer granules. Unlike white sugar, it goes into further processing; brown sugar is blended with molasses. This enhances the natural constituency of the sugar and makes it more refined. Brown sugar has certain explicit advantages. Often, white sugar includes synthetic flavors which may cause further damage to your health. As against this, brown sugar is slightly more beneficial.

Brown sugar comes with few other discrete advantages. A large number of weight watchers vouch for it. Compared to white sugar, brown sugar supplies a fairly reduced amount of calories. Moreover, brown sugar is surfeit in minerals. It provides one with a decent quantum of calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. With regard to taste, brown sugar has a quainter taste than white sugar. Brown sugar, on account of the greater proportion of molasses content, usually is less saccharine than white sugar.

While the minimal processing that goes into making brown sugar enhances its nutritive value, it really isn't a healthy alternative to plain sugar. True, it retains more health enzymes than plain sugar, but it does not really benefit your body. Many perceive that the hype around the health benefits of brown sugar is a marketing strategy and gimmicky stance to increase its market values.

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

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Health Benefits of Kiwi

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Health Benefits of Kiwi

1. High Source of Vitamin C

If you thought that lemons and oranges were the highest sources of Vitamin C, then think again! According to the nutritional break-up of kiwi fruit, per 100 grams contain 154 percentage of Vitamin C, which is almost twice that of lemons and oranges. Vitamin C acts as powerful antioxidant, eliminating free radicals that could cause inflammation or cancer. It also helps in boosting the immunity of the body against harmful pathogens.

2. Sleep Inducer

Having trouble sleeping? According to a research done by Taipei Medical University, “Numerous studies have revealed that kiwi fruit contains many medicinally useful compounds, among which antioxidants and serotonin may be beneficial in the treatment of sleep disorders.” It is said that having two kiwi fruits one hour before bedtime can help immensely in inducing sleep.

3. Good Source of Dietary Fiber

This exotic fruit is loaded with dietary fiber, which helps in the prevention of numerous diseases. According to a study done by the University of Leeds, “Increasing consumption of fibre-rich foods can lower risks of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and coronary heart disease (CHD).” According to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, high fiber foods keep one full for longer and control metabolic markers like blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. It also facilities weight loss and is often recommended to diabetics.

4. Helps in Digestion

Kiwi fruit contains an enzyme known as actinidain which is known for its protein dissolving properties, similar to that of papain in papaya. This is the reason why it is commonly used as a meat tenderiser. Moreover, it helps in the digestion of proteins in the body and is also known to help patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
 

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Table of Content

Ivy Gourd
Nutritional Value of Ivy Gourd
Health Benefits of Ivy Gourd
Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Prevents Obesity
Fatigue
Defends Nervous System
Increased Metabolism
Improved Digestion
Prevents Kidney Stones
Cures Diseases
Protection against Allergies
Treats Infection
Prevents Cancer
Improves Heart’s Health
Uses of Ivy Gourd
Side-Effects & Allergies of Ivy Gourd
Origin And Cultivation of Ivy Gourd