Brinjals for health and beauty?

While brinjals may not be everyone’s favourite vegetable, they are nutritous and contains large amounts of vitamin A, B1, C and D, calcium and protein.  So, before you  begin avoiding this veggie like the plague, let’s take a good look at some of the health and beauty benefits of this nightshade veggie.

Brinjals are high in fibre, making them an ideal weight loss food as they take a long time to digest and prevent you from over eating.  They also contain phytonutrients, which according to some studies, helps reduce cholesterol and improves blood flow.

Brinjals are also wonderful for digestion and help the body get rid of toxins and waste. They are also rich in antioxidants, which fight cancer and other illnesses and boost the immune system.

Since eggplant or brinjals are rich in phytonutrients, they protect the brain cell membranes from being damaged by free radicals.  Studies show that they also normalise  iron levels in the body. This is because of a compound nasunin, which has the ability to remove excess iron build up in from the body. But if you are deficient in iron, it is best to avoid eating brinjals altogether.

Research also shows that brinjals contain trace amounts of nicotine, which may help smokers curb their cigarette cravings, if they are trying to give up the habit. Since they have a high water content along with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, they tend to keep the skin well-hydrated and may prevent nails from becoming dry and brittle.

Brinjals are one of the few veggies that contain enzymes, which stimulate hair follicles, thereby promoting hair growth and preventing greasy build up in your hair.

REVOFIT TAKE: While brinjal is a healthy, tasty veggie, some doctors and nutritionists believe that brinjal and other night shade veggies may inhibit the absorption of calcium, which can weaken the bones and lead to osteoporosis. So before you decide whether you want to include this food in your diet, it is best to review your medical history and dietary needs.

 

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