Ash Gourd – Budida gummadikaya has various health benefits as it contains vitamins and nutrients, having lots of many medicinal and nutritional properties It has long been used in Ayurvedic treatments. Boodida Gummadi peel, seeds, roots, leaves also have nutritional, healing properties.
Scientific / Biological name of ash gourd is Benincasa hispida, belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae ie cucumber, squash.
Ash Gourd Called / Known as in Various Languages –
English / Sanskrit Names : Winter Melon, White Pumpkin, White gourd, Wax gourd, Kushmanda, Brihatphala, Ghrinavasa, Gramyakarkati, karkaru. Telugu : Boodida Gummadikaya, Budida gummadikaya, Boodida Gummadi. Hindi : Safed Kaddu, Petha, Petha Kaddu. Kannada : Boodagumbala, Budekumbalakayi. Malayalam : Kumbalanga. Tamil : Neer Poosanikai. Marathi : Kohla. Bengali : Kumra, Chalkumra. Gujarati : Petha. Punjabi : Petha. Assamese : Komora . Manipuri : Torobot
Nutritional Value Of Ash Gourd – Boodida Gummadikaya
Ash gourd contains plenty of moisture, water and petite amounts of fat, protein, carbohydrates and dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorous, iron, vitamins, protein, minerals, magnesium, copper, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, iron, potassium, zinc, glycosides, carotenes, volatile oils, uronic acid and Vitamin C.
Health Benefits Of Ash Gourd – Boodida Gummadikaya :
High water content in ash gourd acts as a body coolant by reducing body heat and keeps your body cool. Those who are suffering with excess heat this is the best food, It also act as summer coolant in hot summer days. Drinking a glass of ash gourd juice in the morning will show best result.
Skin or peel (thokka) of boodida gummadikaya is one of the best food for diabetic patients.
Used to treat obesity, Intake of ash gourd regularly will helps to reduce excess weight, those who want to reduce their weight instantly this is the best food to reduce body weight quickly.
Consists of fiber and water nutrients which helps in digestion and provides relief from constipation related problem. Regular consuption of ash gourd in the morning will show quick results.
Laxative nature in ash gourd regulates bowl movements, those who are suffering with constipation (irregular bowel movements) this is one of the best food to regulate your bowl movements.
It helps in a healthy lung function by reducing – removing phlegm or mucus secretions from the respiratory tract and strengthens respiratory process.
Works a good detoxifying agent.
Intake of ash gourd juice in empty stomach is good for ulcer. reduce ulcers by removing free radicals
High water content and fiber in ash gourd gives relief from stomach cramps and helps in bloating go away.
Good for people suffering with insomnia problem. insomnia in people is due to stress, work load, tension etc. Regular intake of Ash gourd will cure insomnia problems. It relaxes mind and body, helps in reducing stress and anxiety.
Rind (peel, Bark) is used to treat urinary dysfunction / Urinary problems. Ash gourd juice helps to balance the water level in the body. It increases the urine secretion thus helps to remove small urinary stones at initial stage of the problem.
Seed of ash gourd used to treat vaginal discharge.
Boiled Peel and seeds of ash gourd in coconut oil helps in hair growth, also prevent dandruff and dryness of the scalp.
Provides relief from cold and cough.
The antioxidant properties fights against Alzheimer’s disease
Provides relief from fever.
Winter Melon is good for people who are suffering with stomach related disorders, It has property of strengthening the intestines. Water and fiber nutrients in ash gourd has the property of balancing the acidity. If you are suffering with indigestion or hyper acidity then it is best to have ash gourd juice.
It has the property of balancing the alkaline in body and intestines.
Treats bleeding disorders (helpful for sugar patients).
Acts as an Aphrodisiac i.e. a substance, which increases sexual potency.
Provides relief from sinusitis.
Treats mental disorders by stabilizing nerve cells.
Treats boils which are due to excess heat.
Treats piles (hemorrhoids). Piles are caused due to chronic constipation and excess heat. Ash gourd consists of fiber and water nutrients, regular intake will cool the body and treat constipation
Good for people suffering with chronic asthma.
Better food for anemic. Due to low count of red cells in blood causes anemia.
Controls high cholesterol by dilating blood vessels thus good for heart.
It enhances the memory power, also sharpens your mind. Drinking a glass of ash gourd juice in the morning enhances intellectual capabilities. A best drink for children
Applying Ash gourd juice on the place where Scorpion has bitten remove the poisonous effect.
Ash Gourd mixed with small amount of jaggery removes the impact of liquor ie. Removes Nortia occurs due to intake – drinking liquor.
Reduce the toxicity caused by medications like paracetamol and aid in protecting kidney function
Juice Cures Impotency
Juice removes liver problems and cures jaundice too.
Are you suffering with nose bleed then Ash gourd juice is a best choice for a person suffering from bleeding from the nose.
In ayurvedic treatments ash gourd is used in many ways.
It helps in healthy heart function
It keeps our stomach healthy by destroying intestinal worms.
Ash Gourd – Boodida Gummadikaya Used To Treat / Cure :
Obesity / Over Weight
Dryness of Scalp
Cold and Cough
Mucus in Lungs
Selecting And Storing Tips Of Ash Gourd – Boodida Gummadikaya :
When selecting a ash gourd, choose a gourd with no bruised marks or indentations
The melon should feel heavy for its size.
White, ash-coated surface or powder on Ash Gourd is harmless to eat, but should be cleaned out well before cutting.
Uncut ash gourd can be kept for a month or more in a cool, dry storage area.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or health care provider before taking any home remedies.