Eggplants have been popular since ancient times due to their dark color and unique taste. Some people considered the vegetable hazardous and toxic, but it gained popularity bit by bit in India, where people started discovering the medicinal properties of the unusual vegetable. Nowadays, eggplants are a rich delicacy used in many cuisines around the world. Their health benefits are known worldwide – they can treat cardiovascular problems, rheumatic pains and can even be used to heal sunburns.
Apart these benefits, eggplants can also lower cholesterol, relieve inflammatory pains and eliminate fat in the body. The best way to consume the vegetable is by drinking eggplant water regularly. Here’s why:
- Regulates cholesterol
According to studies conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, eggplant water can reduce the levels of the “bad” LDL cholesterol thanks to the presence of chlorogenic acid, a powerful antioxidant. This antioxidant can also boost your circulation and reduce the risk of accumulation of fat in the arteries.
- Relieve rheumatism
Rheumatism is an inflammatory condition in the joints which can become very painful. However, drinking eggplant water can reduce the pain and inflammation while also relieving the redness. The vitamins and minerals in the vegetable can strengthen your joints, cartilage and muscles and nourish your body with vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E, as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and iron. Besides these nutrients, eggplants are also rich in fiber, folic acid and carbohydrates.
- Eliminate fat
Eggplant water can eliminate fat due to certain compounds that can clean your body of toxins and stimulate proper liver function. Eggplant water has detoxifying and diuretic properties and is a great remedy against excess abdominal fat. The water can also improve the function of your gallbladder, promote digestion and burn fat.
If you’re wondering how to prepare the drink. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 eggplant
- 1 liter of water
- Lemon juice (from ½ a lemon)
The preparation of this wonderful drink is quite simple. Wash the eggplant and cut it into pieces, then add them to boiling water in a pan. Simmer the mixture for about 20 minutes until the pieces soften, then leave the mixture to cool down for an hour and strain it. Now, save the liquid in a bottle or a jar, then add the lemon juice and mix well. Drink the beverage during the day – you can start with a glass before breakfast, and then follow it with another after lunch and one after dinner. Repeat the process every day for a week and you will surely notice the results!