The Nutritional Benefits of Aubergines

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While the aubergine is not traditionally thought of as a vegetable that has a lot to offer nutritionally, it does have some benefits that should be included in everyone’s diet. Those who subscribe to the “Rainbow Diet,” a diet that emphasizes the importance of having fruits and vegetables from every color of the rainbow in your daily food intake in order to fight off signs of aging, cancer, and other diseases, would also agree that adding aubergines is a good idea.

Vitamins

The aubergine is a good source of important vitamins. First, it contains a decent amount of Vitamin C, which may protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. Second, the aubergine has a good deal of Vitamin K, which plays an important role in blood clotting-an essential bodily function. Third, aubergines contain several important B vitamins, including Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid), and Vitamin B12. The B Vitamins are necessary in order to support and increase the rate of metabolism, maintain healthy skin and muscle tone, enhance immune and nervous system function, promote cell growth and division, including that of the red blood cells that help prevent anemia, and reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer, one of the most lethal forms of cancer, when consumed in foods such as aubergines.

Minerals

The aubergine’s mineral content complements the array of vitamins it has to offer. Aubergines contain Magnesium, an important mineral that many people have recently become deficient in due to agricultural soil content. Symptoms of a Magnesium deficiency may include muscle cramps, migraines, fatigue, loss of appetite, depression, nausea and vomiting or high blood pressure. Phosphorus is also present in aubergines. Phosphorus creates strong bones and teeth and aids in kidney function, reproductive health, proper digestion, and energy efficiency within the body. Phosphorus might also alleviate the chances of getting certain types of cancer. And finally, aubergines are also sources of Copper, which protects the cardiovascular, skeletal, and nervous systems and plays a key role in the development and maintenance of healthy skin and hair, Potassium, which is essential for nerve and muscle functions, can aid in reducing hypertension and treating allergies, and Manganese, which has antioxidant, free-radical-fighting properties and is important for proper food digestion and for normal bone structure.

Other Benefits

Aubergines are a very good source of Dietary Fiber, the famous plant compound that our bodies need for proper digestion. Dietary Fiber also helps in the areas of weight loss (by making us feel fuller for longer), diabetes management, and heart health. Speaking of heart health, aubergines are also naturally low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

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One Response to “The Nutritional Benefits of Aubergines”

  1. e french says:

    are the vitamins/benefits in the flesh or the skin of the aubergine ?

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