Commonly known as the eggplant, brinjal is one of the most easily available and affordable vegetables. In its unripe form, Brinjal is a large greenish-whitish vegetable and when ripe, it turns a deep violet. Brinjal can be cooked in many different ways and provides many essential nutrients that are needed for overall well-being of the body.
Why should I be aware of this?
- Brinjal contains glycoalkaloids, which can be made into a topical cream medication have been used to treat skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, according to Australian researchers.
- Eating brinjal lowers blood cholesterol and helps counteract some detrimental blood effects of fatty foods. It has also got antibacterial and diuretic properties.
- Brinjal is very nutritious and also sometimes knows as poor man’s meat. It reduces swellings from joints and other parts of body. It is a very low cost vegetable its juice is used to check perspiration on palm and sole
All about Brinjal
The scientific name of brinjal is Solanum melongena, it is also known as eggplant and Aubergine.It is a species of Solanum native to South India and Srilanka.
Nutritional Value of Brinjal
Given here is the nutritional value of a serving of 100 grams of brinjal.
- Calcium – 525 mg
- Cholesterol – 16mg
- Dietary Fiber – 4.9g
- Iron – 6mg
- Potassium – 618mg
- Protein – 8g
- Saturated Fat – 5.2g
- Sodium – 62mg
- Sugars – 11.4g
- Total Carbohydrates – 17.8g
- Total Fat – 27.5g
- Vitamin A – 6.4 mg
Brinjal and health
There are many health benefits of brinjal, like it is believed to be a cholesterol regulator, and it is anti diabetic. In a few countries of Africa it is used to treat epilepsy and convulsions. In South East Asia, it is used to treat stomach cancers and measles. Brinjal is used in form of ointment, tincture; decoction.it is very effective in relieving haemorrhoidal discomfort.
What can I do?
- Take brinjal in a mashed form or as a soup and add some garlic and asafetida to it. It will help you get rid of flatulence and adjust the wind humor of the body.
- Brinjal can also be eaten after being roasted directly on fire. Just peel off the skin, mash it and add some salt in it for flavor and eat it. It will help cure phlegm, congestion and reduce the formation of gas.
- In order to increase appetite and digestion, take soup made of mashed brinjal and tomato, along with some salt and pepper.
- In case you are unable to fall asleep easily, eat a soft brinjal (along with some honey) after baking it directly over fire. If taken regularly, it may also cure insomnia.
- In order to cure enlarged spleen caused due to malaria, eat soft baked brinjal along with raw sugar on empty stomach, preferably in the morning.
- Brinjal is not beneficial for person having excessive bile humor and one who has acidity problem.
- Brinjal may be avoided by those with existing kidney or gall bladder problems.
- Pregnant woman should avoid its use. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, all parts of the plant can be used to stop intestinal bleeding.
- The fruit of the plant is used as an antidote in cases of mushroom poisoning.
- Brinjal is very nutritious and is sometimes referred to as poor man’s meat.
- Brinjal is anti-diabetic and used to check diabetes.
- It reduces swellings of legs; its decoction is applied gradually over the parts.
- Crush the fruit and squeeze juice. Apply juice on the palm and sole. It will check perspiration acting as sweat preventive.
- Brinjal is an excellent cholesterol regulator.
- Brinjal is very effective too, when used externally in a fat or oil-based preparation to relieve hemorrhoid discomfort.