The Vitamins in Courgettes

Courgettes, like most fruits and vegetables, contain nutrients that bring in a lot of health benefits.

One of the essential vitamins courgettes are rich in is Vitamin C 11mg per 135 grams).  This vitamin along with beta-carotene helps prevent the oxidation of cholesterol which when left unchecked accumulate on blood vessel walls.

This fruit of the Cucurbit family contains several other important vitamins such as Vitamins B1, B2, B6, Vitamin K and Vitamin A.  It is also a good source of folic acid, potassium, fiber, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium and copper.

Although courgettes have a high water content—about 95 percent—it is very low in fat and calories.  Every 100 grams of this summer squash only gives as low as 15 calories.

Because it is rich in minerals and antioxidants, courgettes have a long list of health benefits.  The manganese it contains plays an important role in regulating the blood sugar levels in the body.

Being high in fiber and water but low on calories, it is an ideal food for the serious dieter as eating it delays hunger pains.  Courgettes also help keep a person’s energy level high and up without demanding for more food intake.

The beta-carotene destroyed by drinking alcohol and smoking can also be replaced by eating this fruit.