According to Health experts who have postulated over time, Garden egg, also known as African eggplant (Solanum melongena), has numerous medicinal and health values. Below are some of them.
1. Regulation of Blood Sugar
If you belong to the class of people who are constantly trying to watch their blood sugar level, garden egg is the fruit for you.
It contains low soluble carbohydrates and has the ability to reduce glucose absorption in the body.
2. Weight Loss
Ever wondered why you feel stuffed after eating garden eggs? It contains fibre and the feeling you get after eating garden eggs will help reduce hunger pangs.
According to Jummai Hassan, a nutritionist with Wuse General Hospital, Abuja, garden egg also known as eggplant “have low calorie, low sodium, low protein and is very high in dietary fibre and potassium. It’s a fruit that is classified under vegetables and anyone who really want to lose weight should eat fresh garden egg.
“When you take garden egg, it fills the tummy because of its fibre content which reduces the food you consume, thereby reducing the calories and body weight.”
She said that the high fibre content in eggplant helps to reduce bad cholesterol in the body, thereby protecting the heart. According to her, garden eggs help to regulate the blood pressure and maintain and regulate the function of the heart.
3. Digestion and Bowel Movement
Just as it happens with other fibrous foods, garden eggs help with digestion of food by ensuring the smooth passage of food in the body so that there is no chance of bloating.
It does not stop there; when it is time to visit the convenience, the fibre in garden eggs also helps with smooth passage of faeces.
4. Protects Against Cardiovascular Diseases
Garden eggs are rich in vitamins and the immense benefits of vitamins in the body are well known.
In garden eggs, vitamin B1 and B6 (Thiamine and Niacin) are abundant. These vitamins are needed for growth, proper functioning of the heart and cellular respiration.
It is also rich in potassium, a salt that helps in regulating blood pressure.
5. Prevents Blood Clots
The presence of vitamin K in garden eggs helps prevent against blood clotting and also helps in strengthening the blood capillaries.
The leaves from the plant is also known to serve as a natural blood tonic in anemic patients.
Below are more benefits of Garden Egg;
1. Pregnant women need more of vitamins and minerals which are available in garden egg vegetables.
2. Garden egg leaves can serve as a natural blood tonic in anemic patient.
3. The leaf provides women with micro nutrients which help in improving blood level.
4. Garden egg is one of the anti-cancer fruit which has been helping for over decades.
5. Garden egg provides the body with both fat soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins, which are rich in Thiamin(Vitamin B6) required for normal growth and proper functioning of the heart and nervous system.
6. Garden egg helps in the control of high blood pressure and relieves stress.
Garden eggs are cheap, widely available and nutritious, so what are you waiting for?