Zucchini is versatile summer squash that is delicious and easy to use. Zucchini’s flavor lends itself to both being the star of a dish or being easily concealed as a nutritious filler. Zucchini can be eaten both cooked and raw, and is extremely versatile in preparation methods. It is grown in abundance during the summer months and quite easy to come by. Its affordability and ease of preparation make it an ideal choice for a healthy and hearty vegetable. Zucchini contains only 36 calories per 1 cup and 10 grams of the recommended daily value of dietary fiber. Zucchini is also a great source of vitamin c, vitamin A, manganese, and potassium. Zucchini has proven to be both delicious and beneficial to your overall health.
1 Lower Cholesterol
Zucchini is rich in dietary fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol. Dietary fiber attaches itself to bile acids created by the liver from cholesterol that is used to digest fat. When the dietary fiber attaches to the bile, it affects the liver’s ability to quickly digest fat causing it to create more bile acid. The liver then uses up more cholesterol to produce the excess bile acid, lowering the overall cholesterol levels.
2 Lower Blood Pressure
The amount of magnesium and potassium found in zucchini promotes lower blood pressure and alleviate stress on the circulatory system. Consuming zucchini on a regular basis can prove to be a great benefit for those suffering from hypertension.
3 Skin Hydration
Zucchini has a high water content that is beneficial to hydrating your skin and flushing out toxins.
Zucchini can help restore moisture to your skin and return it to a healthy glowing state. Zucchini is beneficial to your skin both when consumed and when used as a topical ingredient in scrubs and washes.
4 Eye Health
Zucchini is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, zinc, and manganese; all of which are crucial to maintaining healthy eyes. Zucchini may also be used as an external application to remove puffy bags around the eyes caused from water retention.
5 Prevents Gout
Zucchini is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory carotenoids, which makes it great to counter the effects of gout. Antioxidants work to reduce joint inflammation. Gout can affect both the knees and the feet and often leads to extreme difficulty walking and standing. Zucchini works against the uric acid in your joints, helping to remove the pain and inflammation.
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