“Ridge Gourd also known as Luffa acutangula and Sponge Gourd, Turai, Turiya and Chinese Okra grows in Asia, Africa, India, China, Philippines, and the Middle East… plus it now grows in the US. Ridge Gourd is commonly used in Asian cooking and for healing many health problems. It’s great for constipation, lowering blood sugar, hypoglycemia, weight loss, boost the immune system, detoxing, helps with acne and many more challenges.”
Ridge Gourd is a very healthy veggie because it contains very few calories (only 40 calories per cup) and thus it works well for weight loss. Along with eating other high fiber low calorie foods a person can lose up to 2 pounds a week eating ridge gourd. Ridge gourd creates a full feeling and keeps a person from eating constantly.
Ridge Gourd contains insulin like peptides that lowers and balances blood sugar. And these powerful peptides lower the amount of sugar excreted in through the urine. And Ridge Gourd restricts sugar from rising above what we consider normal levels and dropping too low. Thus Ridge Gourd is very important for those who suffering from diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Ridge Gourd is also a good anti-inflammatory agent thus helping with cardiovascular disease, strokes, and cancer. And because inflammation is the first step towards the creation of disease, thus Ridge Gourd helps to prevent disease in general. And Ridge Gourd cut into small pieces and eaten with a little lime juice helps with urinary bladder inflammation and urethritis. Plus Ridge Gourd has antibiotic qualities that help to prevent and heal bacterial infections. Ridge Gourd juice is important for healing jaundice and liver disease… and the seeds plus the meat of the gourd can also be ingested for additional cleansing of the liver. One cup of fresh Ridge Gourd juice with a little sweetener taken twice a day is important for healing liver disease and jaundice.
This amazing gourd is also a good detoxing agent for the liver, blood, and other tissues of the body. And when we have toxins removed from the body our immune system functions correctly. Ridge Gourd contains lots of fiber which is important for providing a good environment for growing of probiotic bacteria and boosting our immune system.
Ridge Gourd and the juice are both very alkalizing and thus keep away acidity thus preventing disease. And Ridge Gourd works well for those who feel hot all the time, it’s a great internal cooling agent. And Ridge Gourd contains lots of beta-carotene a powerful antioxidant.
Also if Ridge Gourds are dried the resulting luffa sponge is wonderful for exfoliating dead skin.
Ridge Gourd also contains Vitamin C for keeping away colds, B Vitamins for good mood and vitality, zinc for strengthening our immune system, iron for anemia, manganese and magnesium for enzyme production and immunity, plus calcium and phosphorus for strong bones.
Ridge Gourd roots boiled in water are great for healing swollen lymph glands, dissolving away kidney stones, and for detoxing the spleen. Plus the leaves of the plant used for tea works great for diarrhea.
Ridge Gourds have a mild flavor and go well with all kinds of spices. They can also be stuffed and baked in the oven, dipped in batter and fried. They are commonly used in Chinese, Asian, and African dishes such as stir-fries, soups, curries, and stews. Ridge Gourds can also be made into chutney, cooked with peanuts, and made into a wonderful cooling salads when cut up tomatoes and cucumbers. And if you google “Ridge Gourd Recipes” lots of tasty ways to use Ridge Gourds will come up. Ridge Gourds can be found at Asian, Indian, and Indonesian grocery stores.
Add some wonderful Ridge Gourd to your diet and become healthy!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ― Hippocrates
“He that takes medicine and neglects diet,
wastes the skill of the physician.” — Chinese Proverb
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. ” — Thomas Edison
“If the diet is wrong medicine is of no use, if the diet is correct medicine is of no need.” —Ancient Ayurvedic Medicine Quote from India
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist
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