Health Benefits of Kantola (Spiny Gourd)
Spiny Gourd or Kantola is a vegetable, which is normally seen in the Indian markets in the season of monsoon. It has many health benefits and that is the reason why it is started to crop up all around the world besides Indian subcontinent. It has tiny spines all over its body and that is why it has got its name as “Spiny Gourd”. It is also known as Teasle gourd, Kakrol, Kankro, Kartoli, Kantoli and Bhat korola. It is mainly cultivated in the mountain regions of India. It is easily cultivated on unfertile soil and its vine has only 3 to 4 months life span.
Momordica charantia is a botanical name of Kantola. It belongs to “Cucurbitaceous” family and has “Momordica” as a genus. Look wise Kantola is similar to bitter gourd and has a shape like water droplet of 2-3 cm diameter. Vine of spiny gourd grows slowly. Spiny gourd pods are dark green in color and they change color as they get ripe from light green to yellow, by indicating that they are overripen and bitterer in taste.
Only spiny gourds with the dark green color are edible and it is advised to prepare a dish after peeling the outer surface of it. It is mild and easy to digest. It is also used as medicine to cure different health problem in different form such as powdered or dried from. Check out spiny gourd’s health benefits.
Source of phytonutrients: Every plant contains different chemical compounds which are beneficial to human body. Kantola are low in calories as only 17 cal per 100g. They are full of different nutrients like dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Useful for pregnant women: During the pregnancy, many critical situations can arise. One of the problems is neural tube defects. Fresh green pods of Kantola are good source of folates (Vitamin Bc), which is essential for cell growth and reproduction. If pregnant mothers include fresh green pods of Kantola in their meals during the pregnancy period, then it reduces the chance of neural tube defects as Kantola has about 72 mcg/100g of folates.
Reduce blood sugar level in diabetic patients: Phyto-nutrient, polypeptide-P and plant insulin helps to reduce the blood sugar levels. Kankoda is rich in Phyto-nutrient, polypeptide-P, plant insulin and charantin, which boosts the glycogen synthesis in the cells of liver, muscle and adipose tissue. Combined effect of all these compounds will help to reduce the level of blood sugar to treat type-2 diabetes.
Reduce the chances of cancer: One of the causes of cancer is presence of excess toxic free radicals in our body. Fresh dark green pods of spiny gourd are source of vitamin-C, which is itself known as the excellent natural antioxidant. Vitamin-C hunts down excess toxic free radicals from our body to reduce the chances of cancer.
Work as anti-aging: Kantola also has different benefiting flavonoids such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthins that are known as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species. All these compounds will help you to look younger by working as the anti-aging compound. It helps you to keep your skin healthy.
Improve eyesight: It also contains Vitamin A, which is essential for the good eyesight. In the season of kantola, you can include it in your food to improve your eyesight.
Treat fever and wasting away problem: Boil leaves of Kantola vine in the water for few minutes. Add 1 tbsp of raw honey in the Kantola vine water and drink it to get relief from the problem of wasting away. You can also drink this mixture to treat viral fever.
Home remedy to cure piles: In the disease of haemorrhoids or piles, you can use spiny gourd as medicine to get relief from the piles. Prepare powder of kantola. Take 5 gms of kantola powder and 5 gms of sugar two times in a day to cure piles.
Reduce excess sweating (Hyperhidrosis): If you are feeling embarrassed by problem of excess sweating then, you can use kantola to get relief from the Hyperhidrosis. Take bath with the powdered spiny gourd. Use it as natural scrub. It will reduce the formation of excess bad odor sweating also it gives you smooth skin.
Treat Coughing: Coughing is the common problem that seen in the children and adults due to instantchange in climate or due to virus and bacteria. If you are suffering due to coughing, then you can take 3 grams of powdered kantola thrice in a day with water to control the non-stop coughing.
Give relief in breathing problem: Due to fog and air pollution, breathing problems are increasing rapidly. One can consume spiny gourd to cure breathing problems. Mix 250-500 milligrams of kantola’s root powder with 1 tsp ginger juice and 1 tbsp of honey and consume it to get instant relief in any kind ofbreathing problem.
Remove kidney stones: If any person is suffering form the kidney stones, then he/she can get relief from kidney stones using kantola. Add 10 grams of powdered kantola in one glass of milk or water and drink it daily to remove kidney stones of kidney and bladder.
Improve digestion: It contains fibers that will help to stimulate the digestion. Spiny gourd also helps to cure the problem of indigestion and constipation.
Kakrol ( Kantola,Teasle Gourd,spiny gourd) - কাকরোল - ककोरा - 500g
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