What fun it is to eat something that’s good not just for the taste buds but for the whole body, too!
That would be courgette—or zucchini, a fruit of the Curcarbita family most often used and mistaken as a vegetable.
It may not be as potent as other vegetables but eating it has its own set of health benefits one of which is cancer prevention.
There is a limited study on the phytonutrient-content of courgettes, but lab studies show that squashes in general—including courgettes—have anti-cancer properties that inhibit cell mutations and prevent colon and lung cancer.
Courgette also plays a role in promoting a well-rounded cardiovascular health. It is rich in nutrients like magnesium and potassium which help normalize blood pressure. The vitamin C content along with carotenoids stops the oxidation of bad cholesterol in the blood, thus preventing the occurrence of strokes and heart attacks.
If you want to lose weight, you should include courgettes in your diet. It may be high in water but very low on calories and fats. A serving of 100 grams of courgette only has 15 calories.
Being rich in Vitamin C and lutein, eating courgettes can serve as an herbal remedy for people with vision disorders and sharpening the eyesight of those without.
It has antioxidants that slows down the ageing process and helps the reconstruction of brain cells. In fact, studies show that the vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids-content of courgettes help stimulate the body in absorbing fat-soluble antioxidants, thus, helping improve the memory.
Other health reason why we should eat courgettes include prevention of scurvy, bruising and multiple sclerosis.
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