Zucchini, a type of summer squash, may be one of the most ignored foods partly because it is a seasonal vegetable. But despite its seasonal reputation it is actually available all year round – you just have to look harder for it. It has some amazing health benefits that include boosting your immune system and as a way to lose weight without dieting! For our list of 10 surprising health benefits of this versatile and tasty vegetable, continue reading.
1. Even if you are not diabetic, zucchini well help you control your blood sugar.
Some people are hypoglycemic, meaning they have bouts of low blood sugar from time to time. Zucchini helps regulate blood sugar levels, so whether your sugar levels are low or high, it provides a natural benefit. One biological reason is its high B-vitamin content, critical for the metabolism of blood sugar. Also having an abundance of Omega 3 fatty acids (the good type) helps keep glucose levels in check.
2. It has anti-inflammatory nutrients that will help your body generally healthy.
The earlier mentioned Omega 3 fatty acids also help protect the body from unwanted and potentially harmful pathogens. Two systems that studies show are positively affected by eating zucchini are the cardiovascular system and the digestive system. There is enough discussion about the importance of cardiovascular health, but when it comes to the digestive system most of the time it is more about the way we feel on a day to day basis. If you want to feel better and have a healthy heart, zucchini can be part of the answer.
3. For men, eating zucchini helps with a healthy prostate.
Instead of buying any of the advertised prostate supplements that are likely to come with a combination of warnings and side effects, simply adding zucchini to your diet will go a long way. The part of the zucchini responsible for this benefit are the seeds, so while you may like the taste don’t forget to include the seeds in making your favorite zucchini-based foods. If you already have a prostate condition known as BPH, you will find zucchini useful in its treatment as a natural alternative.
4. It combats the growth of cancers in your body.
Anything that will help prevent cancer needs to be on your list of daily foods. While it gives a general boost to your body in the fight against cancer, studies show that people who have a history of colon cancer will especially benefit from eating zucchini. One of the key reasons for this is its high fiber content, something that older people should keep in mind for its beneficial properties.
5. The vegetable is a natural weight reducer.
This was mentioned in in the introduction, so here are the details. First, it is very low in calories so you can eat more and not gain any weight. But due to the high fiber content you are likely to feel fuller faster, so you won’t eat as much. How is that for a dual benefit! The reason for this is because it takes longer to digest, and there’s only so much room your tummy has to hold food. Dieters have often been told to drink water when hungry because it makes you feel full. Well, zucchini has plenty of water as a natural component, so it limits the amount you can eat naturally.
6. Eating it regularly will help improve the overall health of your eyes.
Despite the stories reputation of carrots as being good for your eyes (this has become a bit argumentative of late) zucchini has carotenoids (sounds a lot like carrots, no?) one of which is the only known antioxidant present in the human eyeball – zeaxanthin. This nutrient will help keep your eyes healthy in a way no other food can. Two eye problems that increase with age are cataracts and macular degeneration, both which can be avoided by eating regular amounts of the vegetable every day.
7. If you are an asthma sufferer, you should be checking into zucchini as a realistic natural solution.
Eating zucchini may not always result in a cure of asthma, but the research shows that it helps relieve the symptoms. The science behind it is the presence of high amounts of vitamin C which eases the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. This allows more oxygen to freely flow throughout the lungs, minimizing or even eliminating the underlying cause.
8. They are a natural alternative to probiotics.
To achieve the maximum benefit, the seeds in particular need to be eaten in quantities larger than most zucchini lovers prefer. The antimicrobial effects of the vegetable will both help fight parasites such as tapeworms and general bacteria that build up in the digestive tract. Though you may have heard much of this is undocumented folk medicine, there is a body of research that supports these claims.
9. It will not make you smart but will help keep you smart.
Half of the battle of life is keeping what we have. Water is a natural substance many people do not realize is essential for a healthy brain. Zucchini has a natural amount of that, but in addition it has a generous amount of folates. Folates help to regulate our mood plus they are responsible for keeping our DNA healthy. DNA is more than just about reading our human blueprint. DNA mutations can occur in our bodies and result in any number of illnesses. For pregnant women, this benefit is obvious.
10. It is an anti-aging edible.
Instead of shopping around and spending insane amounts of money on anti-aging products, simply increase the amount of zucchini in your diet. In addition to all the health benefits talked about earlier, it contains riboflavin. Riboflavin works to keep your hair, skin, and fingernails healthy – all of the essential parts people see when looking at you! It is one of the few foods you can eat that will make you healthier on the inside and better looking on the outside. The best advantage? It is far cheaper than almost every chemically created anti-aging alternative.