Bottle gourd- Guard against diseases

Lauki, dudhi or bottle gourd holds pride of place in the Indian Ayurvedic medical system. Here is why our ancestors included it in their regular diet, and why it still makes sense to do so.

Lauki is 96.1% water, so is light on the stomach and aids digestion. A 100 gm serving of lauki contains just twelve calories and is ideal if you are watching your weight.

Health benefits of lauki

  • Cooked lauki is cooling, calming and acts as diuretic. It makes you relax after eating. But don’t eat the vegetable raw as it can harm the stomach and intestines.
  • It plays a very important role in treating urinary disorders. Prepare a glass of fresh juice by grating lauki and then mixing it with limejuice. Drink it once a day to combat the burning sensation caused by the high acidity of urine. It can be had along with sulpha drugs to treat urinary infection as it acts as an alkaline diuretic.
  • Lauki juice is an excellent remedy for excessive thirst caused by diarrhea, over consumption of fatty or fried foods, and diabetes. Drink a glass of this juice with a little salt added to it to treat this condition.
  • A glass of lauki juice with a little salt added to it prevents excessive loss of sodium, satiating thirst and keeping you refreshed in summer.

If you are on a low calorie diet, suffering from digestive problems, are diabetic or convalescing, then lauki is must for you as it is easily digestible and low in calories.

About Sanjana Shenoy

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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98 Responses to Bottle gourd- Guard against diseases

  1. Veronica Dsouza November 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

    I have read the above on ‘lauki’ juice. And I have a question.
    If the juice is taken from the ‘lauki’ and drunk first thing in the morning, is it harmful? Because, you say that ‘raw’ lauki should not be eaten, what about the juice? Secondly, can it taken on a daily basis? How much is safe?

  2. Sanjana - Dietitian November 25, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    It can be had raw in limited quantities. 50 ml-100ml is good enough and it can be diluted. Juicing always changes the chemical composition hence its juice is safer to be had.

  3. Pannalal Ash February 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    Is it true that bottle guard juice can clean the deposited lipids/cholestrol in the arteries/veins?

  4. Sanjana - Dietitian February 12, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    Not exactly…the fiber in bottle gourd is beneficial in preventing lipid deposits. Fiber is the key to reduce plaque formation.


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