11 Health Benefits of Eggplant

Eggplant (Solanum melongena) is vegetable with fruits that are dark blue to purple colors, usually oblong in shape, which are widely used in vegan cuisine because the eggplant consider as an excellent substitute for meat.

The origin of eggplant

This plant with beautiful purple color comes from India and had been in used by over 3,000 years ago in the diet. 

The Nutritional Value of Eggplant

Eggplant (Solanum melongena) is vegetable with fruits that are dark blue to purple colors, usually oblong in shape, which are widely used in vegan cuisine because the eggplant consider as an excellent substitute for meat.

Eggplant contains vitamins: vitamin K, C, A, B1, B3, B6, and B9 (folic acid). 

From mineral composition eggplant contains potassium, phosphorus, copper and magnesium.

As other vegetables, eggplant contains enough plant insoluble fibber which is why the eggplant important in the digestion of food.

A special interest of scientists is component in eggplant calls nasunin - phytonutrient with high antioxidant action.

It has been proven that this ingredient promotes the excretion of excess iron from the body, which is of the great importance in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Also, according to some studies, the anti-oxidant has a great potential in the prevention of cancer, and suppression of the growth and spread of cancer cells.

Carotenoids in eggplant give him a huge advantage in the prevention of diseases of the eye and nervous system.

Besides all, eggplant contains a rich source of chlorogenic acid (CGA), which is known for its exceptional antioxidant properties.

Health Benefits of Eggplant

1. Traditional Chinese Medicine used eggplant in the treatment of gastritis, arthritis, rheumatism, skin burns and cancer.

2. In Nigeria, the eggplant is used as an excellent remedy in the fight against sciatica, muscle pain and in the treatment of hemorrhoids.

3. Fresh eggplant leaves had been traditionally used in Asian countries as a lining in pain.

4. Fresh juice from eggplant is an excellent diuretic, and helps people who have a heart condition.

5. Eggplant maintains normal blood sugar levels, thanks to the presence of plant fibers that absorb excess fat from food.

6. The presence of fibber, lack of fats, and a little carbohydrate, it seems eggplant highly valuable in weight loss cures, because it gives the feeling of satiety.

7. If you suffer from heartburn or have elevated gastric acid, eat eggplant.

8. Eggplant slows tumor growth, thanks to the substance called nasunin. 

According to research by the US Department of Agriculture, chlorogenic acid contained in eggplant is a great ally in the fight against free radicals that cause cancer.

9. The antiviral properties of eggplant will help in conditions of cold and flu.

10. Eggplant improves blood circulation, stimulates the secretion of urine, raises immunity, control diabetes, helps in detoxification.

11. Eggplant is a favorite vegetable in the kitchen as the perfect vegan meat substitutes.

Council plus:

1. Eggplant skin contained large concentrations of nutrients and is not recommended (when preparing) stripping and throwing the skin because it decreases its nutritional value.

2. It should be noted that raw eggplant contains solanine - a toxic substance that plants produce to protect themselves from parasites, which are found in the skin and under it. 

If it gets into the body, it can cause headache, indigestion, sweating, heart arrhythmia. 

Therefore, it is necessarily to thermally treat eggplant in manner to eliminate this substance.

3. This healthy and nutritious vegetable is known for its slightly bitter taste. 

It can be alleviate by the following way; Cut the fruit into small pieces which are then sprinkle with salt. Let them stand for about half an hour. After that time, rinse piesces of eggplant to remove excess salt.

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