Zucchini is a vegetable that belongs to a group of summer squash. The color of this vegetable varies from yellow to green and the shape of zucchini is similar to that of a cucumber. Zucchini is mostly used in cooked dishes. In gastronomic sense, zucchini is highly nutritious and possesses several health benefits.
Health Benefits of Zucchini
This vegetable is abundant in a variety of different nutrients. Zucchini is an excellent source of vitamin C and considerable amounts of vitamin B1 and B6. Vitamin A is present in a form of beta caroten. The minerals that are present in zucchini include magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and copper. The most present mineral in zucchini is manganese. The fibers are one more component and they are essential in good digestion and regular bowel movements. Folate, niacin and riboflavin are additional vitamins present in zucchini. Apart from the previously mentioned zucchini provides with certain amount of proteins, zinc, calcium and iron. Even vitamin K which is responsible for normal process of coagulation can be taken if one consumes zucchini.
Improvement of Symptoms in Different Diseases
Zucchini is considered as a possible cure for asthma due to the excessive presence of vitamin C. Vitamin C together with luetin may be beneficial in maintenance of eye sight. The dangerous acid homocysteine which is the culprit of the heart attack and stroke is easily defeated by regular consumption of zucchini. Even certain studies have shown that the symptoms caused by benign enlargement of prostate can be reduced if zucchini is used. The reduction in intensity of symptoms in these patients has been contributed to phytonutrients.
Health in general is promoted by vitamin A, potassium and folate while the cooper can take credit for astonishing alleviation of symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis.
Prevention of Certain Illnesses
All the conditions that can be caused by the insufficiency of vitamin C such as scurvy can be prevented with the consumption of zucchini. This vegetable is also good in prevention of multiple sclerosis and colorectal cancer. The process of atherosclerosis is decelerated and the heart is properly protected. Being an excellent antioxidant zucchini is great in fighting against free radicals and even majority of inflammatory processes within the body can be lessened. The consequences of aging can be reduced due to a perfect combination of vitamin A and E and additional presence of omega-3 fatty acids.
Since almost 95% of zucchini consist of water this makes zucchini a perfect food for all those who want to lose extra weight.