19 responses

  1. nevin
    June 23, 2009

    Dear Dr.Sanjana

    Hi there!! by the way i want to know if ash gourd really helps in reducing weight.Im currently 59kgs. but want to bring it down to 50kgs and wish to remain constant with 50kgs.could u guide me how i can do it and how am i supposed to have the ashgourd as in juice form etc..help me.

  2. Sanjana Shenoy
    Sanjana – Dietitian
    June 25, 2009

    Hi Nevin,

    It is a low calorie vegetable which is high in water.Hence this veggie will help you to reduce your calorie intake and thereby creating a calorie deficit. So this will help you lose weight.

    It is not a miracle fat burner. You just need to include it in your diet.

    For weight loss, exercise regularly and build up lean muscle.

  3. sandeep
    August 30, 2009

    Hello Dr.Sanjana,

    I changed my diet by reading your posts on this blog, I am taking Lauki Juice every morning for a week and I am getting the results.
    I am also impressed with this article about ‘Ash Gourd’ i want to include that in my diet, but in the place where i am living(Ohio, USA) Ash Gourd is not available but I heard that pumpkin is same family as Ash Gourd, Do i get same results as Ash Gout by having Pumpkins in my diet?

  4. gowri reddy
    November 8, 2009

    how much ash gourd juice should be consumed .

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      November 10, 2009

      About 100 ml to 150 ml per day is more than sufficient…

  5. shilpa
    November 18, 2009

    hi sanjana somebody advised me to make the lauki juice with the whole vegetable including the skin and seeds. is it ok?

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      November 18, 2009

      With skin, the juice wont taste good enough. Remove the skin while juicing, But if you are making a vegetable preparation with this veggie, then you need not remove the skin.

  6. sam
    January 30, 2010

    Hi , i take ashgourd juice one large cup after removing seeds , also i add half cup of water i also clean the skin and add to the mixer is it ok , i suffer from high sugar will this help me , also will i loose weight .

    • Sanjana Shenoy
      Sanjana – Dietitian
      February 3, 2010

      Hi Sam, you will lose weight if you are following a low calorie diet and exercising daily along with drinking this juice.

  7. k.srinivasa rao
    February 25, 2010

    Hi, i daily take one glass of ash gourd juice with honey and lime along with the pulp is it okay

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    June 20, 2011

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  10. Diya
    July 11, 2011

    Hi Sanjana, Accidentally i cam across this website and find it amazing. I am 76kg and looking to loose weight but without damaging my figure or bust. i am currently taking ashgourd juice daily with ginger. i go for a daily walk for abt 45mins. pls advice if anything else can be done

  11. Dan Costello
    July 11, 2011

    Hello Sanjana,

    Where can I purchase the following online. I do not want to deal with profit driven sources, preferring to purchase genuine products which (as near as possible) do not have man made additives.

    1/ Fenugreek,
    2/ Thazhuthama leaf (boerrhavia diffusa),
    3/ Karuka (cynodon dactylon),
    4/ Cheroola / Cherupoola (ervalanata),
    5/ Ash – gourd juice.

    Thanks Sanjana,

    Dan Costello

  12. george
    September 29, 2011

    Hi Sanjana,

    I had a question for you. Will appreciate if you can answer this . I had a total cholestrol of around 257 around a month back with LDL of 165 , HDL of 48 and triglycerides of 207. I then followed a strict regimen of food having only cereals with milk for breakfast, fruits and vegetable salad for lunch, and wheat porridge for dinner. Along with this I had uncooked ash gourd daily for last 35 days. I also did brisk walking for an hour 5- 6 times a week. When I checked my cholestrol the reading was as follows. total 185, HDL 51, LDL 119.6, triglycerides 77. I was happy. But am not sure what had largely contributed to this effect. I plan to continue the exercise and the diet , but would like to know whether I can continue taking ashgourd daily. I was told that this might cause arthritis issues. Kindly advise.

    George C John

  13. Shakti
    November 29, 2011

    Dear Sanjana,

    My wife ,58, is suffering with Ulcerative colitis. Her Hb comes down due to bleeding . is Ash gourd juice good to improve Hb and if yes how much,when to take & how many times. Can it be refrigerated for further use


  14. navya
    January 28, 2012

    Hi sanjana,

    Can Ash gourd increase weight. if so pls tell how to use it.. i.ve reduced weight. want to increase. Please reply

  15. AC
    March 11, 2012

    Hi Sanjana, I read about the benefits of ash gourd juice. Could you please advise if this should be taken on empty stomach in the morning before i go for my morning walk.

  16. MANIK
    March 21, 2012

    Dear Dr. Sanjana,

    I have heard that Ash Gourd and Cucumber are good for High BP persons. I would like to have your suggestion. Pl reply

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