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Health Benefits of Eggplant

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Eggplant is a fruit known as aubergine in some parts of the world. Though most people associate eggplants with a purple hue and an egg-like form, they may come in a variety of colors, including black, white, and orange.

Each variation retains the family's basic health benefits, while purple varieties are considered to provide the greatest health benefits owing to their high anthocyanin content, which is prevalent in purple-colored fruits and vegetables. It's recommended to choose smaller eggplants with a consistent shape, while bigger eggplants are bitter.

Eggplant has a long list of health benefits, including preventing cancer, improving digestive health, controlling blood sugar levels, boosting weight reduction, lowering high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy nervous system, lowering cholesterol, eliminating extra iron, and promoting eye health.

May Lower Cholesterol Levels

In India, drinking eggplant-soaked water is said to decrease cholesterol levels. This effect was discovered to be real, as it helped in the removal of cholesterol circulating in the blood and adhering to walls of the blood vessels. Cholesterol deposits on the blood vessel walls limit vessel width, increasing your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

Reduces Your Vulnerability to Allergies

Eggplants are a part of the nightshade family that is known for causing severe allergic reactions. However, eggplant is a generally hypoallergenic food that may help you react less to other allergies. This is thought to be due to the presence of chlorogenic acid and its immune-boosting properties.

Good for Digestive Health

Eggplant is rich in fiber and naturally contains a lot of water, so it may help you achieve your daily fiber needs. Water and fiber are undoubtedly the two most crucial aspects for digestive health, and when combined with eggplant's special antioxidant, nasunin, digestion may be elevated to new heights.

Good for Healthy Nervous System

Manganese is a micro mineral, which helps in the maintenance of optimal conductivity and function of the nerve. Manganese deficiency may cause neuromuscular issues, so it's critical to make sure you're getting enough of this rare mineral, which you can find in eggplant.

Removes Excess Iron

People need iron, but not in excess. Excess iron may have serious health consequences, ranging from heart disease to an increase in cell oxidation and cancer, and that's why having a failsafe system to remove excess is good for your health. Eggplant has a chelating action, which means it may bind iron and flush it out of the body.

Good for Eyes

Although carotenoid chemicals are widely recognized for their role in eye health, anthocyanins present in eggplant also have a lot of promise. Regularly eating eggplant is linked to lower intraocular pressure and may help prevent cataract formation. When eaten after surgery, eggplant aids in the recovery of eyesight more quickly.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Weston, Fla.

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