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Benefit of Brinjal (Eggplant): Health Remedies

The ubiquitous brinjal (baingan or eggplant) is splendid in its texture, color and richness of essential minerals like potassium, calcium, and iron. It is the iron content that causes its color change when exposed to air, like an apple. It is also rich in sodium, proteins, Vitamin A and dietary fiber, which makes it very healthy. Its deep purple color and glossy looks have made it a favorite of kings and queens through the ages. Though there are thousands of varieties available, they generally share the spongy texture and the unique flavor along with the slight twang of bitterness.

Brinjal is high in water content and potassium. It is supposed to possess many medicinal properties and is used as a remedy for cancer, hypertension and diabetes.

1. Eating brinjals roasted on fire after putting some salt into it cures excessive phlegm and wind humor of the body.

2. Soup made up of brinjal and tomato increases the appetite and helps in digestion.

3. Eating soft brinjal after baking it on fire and with raw sugar on empty stomach in the morning, cures the enlarged spleem due to malaria.

4. Taking soft and baked brinjal with honey in the evening helps in having a sound sleep. Using it for some days cures insomnia.

5. The use of brinjal destroys the stones in its initial stage.

6. If brinjal is taken in its mashed form or as soup with asafoetida and garlic, it cures flatulation.

Nutritional   Information

Total               Fat  27.5g
Saturated       Fat  5.2g
Cholesterol    16mg
Sodium          62mg
Potassium      618mg
Total              Carbohydrates   17.8g
Dietary          Fiber    4.9g
Protein          8g
Sugars          11.4g

Facts About Brinjal

Brinjal is not beneficial for person having excessive bile humor and one who has acidity problem. Pregnant woman should avoid its use. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, all parts of the plant can be used to stop intestinal bleeding. The fruit of the plant is used as an antidote in cases of mushroom poisoning.

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