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Health Benefits of Eggplant

Feb 20, 2017

Eggplant, also known as aubergine, garden egg, guinea squash, melongene, and brinjal, is usually distinguishable by its signature egg-like shape and vibrant purple colour. Although the dark purple version of eggplants is best known, they come in a variety of shapes and colours from small and oblong to long and skinny, from shades of purple to white and green.

Some of its health benefits are,

  • Digestion - Eggplants are great sources of dietary fibre, the element necessary for balanced diet. Fibre is essential for gastrointestinal health and regular movement of the bowels. Fibre also stimulates the secretion of gastric juices that facilitates absorption of nutrients and the processing of foods. Fibre has also been linked to a reduction in heart disease as well, since it eliminates “bad” cholesterol that clogs arteries and veins, resulting in atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.
  • Weight loss - Eggplants contain almost no fat or cholesterol. Therefore, it is very healthy for people trying to lose weight or battling for obesity problems. Because of high fibre content, it fills us up easily and reduces our appetite. So, the chances of overeating are greatly reduced and weight loss attempts are more successful.
  • Heart Care - Eggplants have a role in heart care, too. Research studies show they can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. But you must cook them the right way to get these benefits. Fried eggplant soaks up a lot of fat, making it harmful and heavy. Instead, bake it at 400 degrees, which brings out glorious flavour and gives you all the goodness an eggplant hold!
  • Anaemia - A deficiency in iron can be very dangerous to overall health, and it can manifest in anaemia. Anaemia is characterized by headaches and migraines, fatigue, weakness, depression, and cognitive malfunction. Therefore, eating food that is high in iron can combat anaemia, and eggplants have a decent amount of iron in their meaty, edible fruit. Eggplants are also very rich in copper, another essential component of red blood cells, just like iron. Without these two minerals, the red blood cell count in the body will continue to decrease, since they are perpetually being used up. With healthier, red blood cells coursing through your veins, you will see a noticeable boost in energy and strength, and eliminate feelings of fatigue or stress.
  • Brain function - Eggplants are wonderful sources of phytonutrients, which have long been known as boosters for cognitive activity and general mental health. They not only defend against free radical activity and keep your body and brain safe from toxins and diseases, but they also increase blood flow to the brain. By delivering more oxygen-rich blood to the brain, it stimulates neural pathways to develop, boosting the powers of memory and analytic thought. The potassium in eggplants also acts as a vasodilator and brain booster, so overall, the vegetable should be called “brain food”.
  • Prevents Blood Clots - Regular consumption of eggplant helps prevent blood clots—thanks again to Vitamin K and bioflavonoids, which strengthen capillaries.
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