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Green Gourd Luffa Long Seeds - Sponge Gourd Seeds - Edible Luffa - Dish Cloth Luffa - Luffa aegyptiaca Seeds
Luffa gourds are an incredible vegetable that redefines multi-use! Not only can you eat these gourds, but they double as a useful tool in the shower as well. A mature luffa gourd can be dried out and used as an exfoliating shower sponge - as you can see, the luffa is not your average gourd!
That's right, you guessed it, your favorite bath sponge is a Gourd! Luffa Gourds can be grown from freshly harvested Luffa aegyptiaca seeds in the Summer for an Autumn harvest. Luffa Gourds are primarily grown on a trellis in order to save on gardening space since the fruits aren't very heavy. The outer shell is dark green, while its inner core is soft and string-like. Peeling the outer shell away will expose the usable bath sponge that you know and love. The plant can grow anywhere between 6 to 12 feet long and grow to a mature height of about 24 to 30 inches tall. The leaves resemble that of a Pumpkin plant, and each vine will develop yellow flowers, prior to your Luffa Gourd fruit formation.
Health Benefits of Sponge gourd
All parts of the Luffa plant possess medicinal properties. Luffa Fruit (Towel Gourd) is used in cooking as well as to treat various health ailments. It helps to lower blood sugar, constipation, weight loss, and hypoglycemia, enhance the immune system, weight loss, and detoxify the body.
Prevents eye ailments
Vitamin A prevents macular degeneration that leads to blindness. The study conducted by the National Eye Institute shows that for those who took vitamin C, vitamin A, copper, vitamin E, and zinc, their chances of macular degeneration decreased by 25% in a six-year period. The study also shows that eye drops of Vitamin A effectively treat dry eyes. Including Vitamin A-rich food Luffa fruit in your daily diet may help to reduce eye ailments.
Vitamin B5 in 900 mg dose helps to reduce bad cholesterol as well as triglycerides which reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease. As 900 mg dosage is the higher amount, one should consult the physician before taking it.
Manganese is essential for the production of digestive enzymes which is responsible for a process called gluconeogenesis. Research conducted by the Department of Internal Medicine and Biochemistry showed that in mice that were given manganese, their glucose tolerance was improved in 12 weeks. Manganese promoted the secretion of insulin, reduced lipid peroxidation, and enhanced mitochondrial function.
Prevents muscle pain
Potassium balances the fluid levels and helps to relax muscles. The low presence of potassium leads to muscle cramps, spasms, and pain. It assists in breaking down the protein and carbs on which the muscle depends for repair and energy.
Copper provides anti-inflammatory properties which soothe stiffness and pain which is related to arthritis. It is able to assist with muscular strength and repair connective tissue. People with arthritis wear copper bands or bracelets as it is believed that the copper can reduce the painful symptoms.
Vitamin B6 is essential to produce hemoglobin in the blood which helps to transport the oxygen to the cells and mobilizes iron. Anemia is the result of inadequate red blood cells. Patients with anemia might experience these symptoms such as aches, fatigue, and pain. The study shows that the consumption of Vitamin B6 in an adequate amount reduces the symptoms of anemia and prevents its occurring.
The study shows that a high intake of Vitamin C can reduce skin dryness, wrinkles and slows down the aging process. Vitamin C is essential for the production of protein to form tendons, skin, blood vessels, and ligaments. It assists in the healing process of wounds and also forms scar tissue.
The inadequate amount of magnesium is related to migraine headaches. Magnesium assists to balance the neurotransmitters in the body. The study which was published in Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics showed that a dose of 300 milligrams of magnesium lowers the recurrence of migraine headaches.
Oxygen is required for the brain to function properly. The brain results in poor memory, apathy, and decreased productivity in the absence of iron as the brain won’t receive oxygen. The deficiency of iron leads to restlessness, irritation, and inattentiveness.
Type 2 diabetes
Food rich in magnesium helps to reduce the chances of type 2 diabetes because magnesium is essential for glucose metabolism. A dose of 100 milligrams of magnesium a day reduces the chances of diabetes by 15 percent.
How to eat
The buds, flowers, and young fruits are consumed as okra or squash after cooking. Luffa fruit could be either sautéed in a little oil or sliced in a stir fry. The flowers could be added to the salads. In stir-fried dishes and soups, Luffa Fruit could be added as an ingredient. The skin could be used to make chutneys. It could be stir-fried or used in curry as a vegetable.
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