Vegetables belonging to the gourd family are very beneficial from the health point of view. There are different varieties of gourds cultivated throughout the world. In Pakistan, the commonly consumed ones are bitter gourds, bottle gourds, ridge gourds, and snake gourds. Ridge gourd is also known as turai or luffa. It is a dark green, ridged vegetable having white pulp with white seeds embedded in its spongy flesh. It is very fibrous to eat.
Ridge gourd is very low in saturated fat and calories. It is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamin, iron, and magnesium. It is known to contain insulin like peptides, alkaloids that help to reduce blood sugar levels. It helps to relieve constipation and prevent piles as it contains cellulose. This vegetable also purifies, rejuvenates, and nourishes the liver and tries to protect it against alcohol intoxication.
- Ridge gourd is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, high in dietary fiber, vitamin C, riboflavin, zinc, thiamin, iron, magnesium and manganese.
- It has blood-purifying properties.
- It contains insulin-like peptides, alkaloids and carnation, all of which act together to lower blood and urine sugar levels without increasing blood insulin levels.
- It has high beta carotene that is good for eyes.
- Cellulose in ridge gourd helps to overcome constipation so is good for stomach.
- It helps to purify, restore and nourish liver as it’s an antidote for alcohol intoxication
- It also aids weight loss.
- It is used in skin care treatment against eczema, psoriasis
- Also aids in curing piles
- A glass of ridge gourd juice in the morning can help to strengthen your immune system against any infection.