You might be surprised to learn that centuries ago, eggplants were considered to be a toxic and dangerous plant. Why? Thanks to their dark coloring. But over time, in India, they discovered the many medicinal benefits contained within this vegetable, and it slowly became an indispensable ingredient in numerous remedies.
Today, the benefits of eggplant are known around the world – for example, most people are now aware that eggplant helps treat cardiovascular disease, pain from rheumatoid arthritis, and it can even help heal a sunburn. These benefits are available to almost anyone.
Would you really miss out on these opportunities? Well we have only begun to scratch the surface. In today’s article we’ll go over the three main benefits you can obtain from drinking eggplant water. Pay attention!
1. Eggplant water can lower cholesterolA few years ago, the US Department of Agriculture conducted a study that confirmed a suspicion many had had for some time: eggplant water helps reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream. Let’s see what some of the study’s major conclusions were:
- Chlorogenic acid, the most abundant antioxidant in eggplant, is the most effective at reducing levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).
- Eggplant water stimulates circulation, helping to prevent plaque from adhering to the walls of your arteries, which causes them to harden.
- When preparing eggplant water, it’s important to always leave the skin on while you’re cooking. The skin contains the highest concentration of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help maintain your cardiovascular health.
2. Eggplant water can alleviate the pain from rheumatoid arthritisIf you suffer from pain and swelling in your joints on a regular basis, try drinking eggplant water. The inflammation, redness, and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis can be alleviated thanks to the medicinal properties of this unique vegetable.
- As we noted above, one of the most important compounds in eggplant is chlorogenic acid. It’s excellent for reducing infections and inflammation.
- And let’s not forget the countless vitamins and minerals contained in eggplant that help strengthen the joints, cartilage, and muscle tissue. If you drink eggplant water on a regular basis you also get a healthy dose of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E, as well as minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. As if that weren’t enough, eggplant also contains other beneficial compounds like folic acid, fiber, and carbohydrates.
3. Eggplant water can help fight excess fatThe benefits of eggplant water for weight loss are well known, and it’s highly effective. But do you know why it works so well?
- You probably have noticed that when you eat eggplant it has a slightly bitter taste. Any idea what causes this? Eggplant contains certain medicinal compounds that help cleanse the body and above all, help stimulate better liver function. In addition to that, eggplant water improves gallbladder function to promote better digestion and burn more fat.
- Another interesting fact is that eggplant water can help gradually reduce the size of your waist and target that pesky abdominal fat. This is because it’s both a cleansing agent and a diuretic – therefore, if you drink plenty of eggplant water and lead a healthy lifestyle with a good exercise routine, you’ll lose fat very easily.
How do you make eggplant water?
To prepare eggplant water all you need is a medium sized eggplant and one liter of water. There’s nothing too complicated about this recipe, and like we’ve said all along, it’s very healthy – so why not start today? Here’s how to make it.
- 1 medium sized eggplant
- 1 liter of water
- Juice from ½ lemon
- Wash the eggplant well, then cut it into slices.
- Heat the liter of water to a boil, then add the sliced eggplant, taking care not to burn it.
- Cook the eggplant for at least 20 to 25 minutes, until it is very soft. Once it has softened, let it sit for at least an hour in the water.
- After an hour has passed, strain off the liquid and reserve it. You can store your eggplant water in a bottle or another dark container (dark glass will preserve it the best).
- Now add the lemon juice to your container of choice. Shake the mixture to blend it well.
- Drink your eggplant water throughout the day. Try having one glass first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, then another after lunch, a third during the afternoon, and the final cup after your dinner. Do this for seven days in a row, once a month. You’ll quickly start to notice the many benefits of eggplant water.