Health Benefits of Bottle Gourd (Lauki or Dudhi)

bottle gourd, lauki has amazing benefits for blood pressure and related conditionsIt is one of the earliest vegetables cultivated by man, believed to be originated in Africa. Bottle gourd, not very familiar to the western world, is one of the favorite vegetables in Indian Cuisine. It grows in humid weather of India, Sri Lanka and other tropical countries. Bottle Gourd or Lauki has many properties that are valued in traditional healing.

Low in Calories and Fat
The bottle gourd is low in fat and cholesterol yet high in dietary fibre. It contains 96% water and 100gm of it contains around 12 Kcal. It is rich in iron and also has vitamins C and B complex. It has sodium of 1.8mg per 100gm and 87 mg of potassium making it suitable vegetable for hypertensive patients. It is excellent for light, low-cal diets, as well as for small children, people with digestive problems, diabetics and convalescents.

Cooling Effect
Its high water content makes it very cooling. The cooked Bottle Gourd is cooling, calming, diuretic and easy to digest. It is also effective against constipation and other digestive disorders.

Urinary disorders
Bottle gourd is very valuable in treating urinary disorders. It serves as an alkaline mixture for treating burning sensation in urinary passage due to high acidity of urine.A glassful of fresh juice prepared by grating the whole fruit should be mixed with teaspoonful of lime juice and included in daily diet.It carries the potential for breaking calculus (stones) in body.

Balancing Liver Function
This vegetable is very good for balancing liver function. It is often recommended by ayurvedic physicians when the liver is inflamed and cannot efficiently process food for maximum nutrition and assimilation.

Premature Graying Hair
Ayurveda suggests Bottle gourd juice once daily in the early morning for treating Graying Hair.

Nervous diseases
Mixture of bottle gourd juice a sesame oil acts as an effective medicine for insomnia. It should be massaged over scalp every night. The juice is useful in treating insanity, epilepsy & other nervous diseases.

Blood Pressure and Heart Tratments
Recently, Bottle Gourd has attracted a lot of attention due to its importance in treatment of Blood Pressure and Heart diesease.

The bitter variety is prescribed as a cardiac tonic, as an antidote to poisoning and for alleviating bronchitis, cough, asthma and biligenic affections.

Benefits of Bootle Gourd(lauki) Juice
The Bottle Gourd juice is used in treatment of stomach acidity, indigestions and ulcers. A glass of lauki juice with a little salt added to it prevents excessive loss of sodium, quenches thirst & helps in preventing fatigue. excessive loss of sodium, satiating thirst and keeping you refreshed in summer. Juice from its leaves is good for jaundice.


Louie November 13, 2008 at 7:43 PM  

Wow! With all the health benefits of this, I could save a lot of doctor visits! Thanks for the info! Lucky Lou in Wi

vijayamaruthi73 January 12, 2009 at 11:46 AM  

i never knew it was so healthy. Thanks for the info

Anonymous January 18, 2009 at 4:01 AM  

very useful

Anonymous May 9, 2009 at 12:22 AM  

As per sri Ramdev babaji it can help for weight control.

Anonymous July 8, 2009 at 9:01 PM  

Wow so alls lEft for us to eat drink and accept lauki

Anonymous July 15, 2009 at 12:21 PM  

Its also good for controlling blood sugar level. It helps in gestational diabetes and very good for expecting mothers. Good source of iron which can be absorbed by body easily. Should be recommended as pre-natal juice.

Anonymous September 3, 2009 at 7:16 AM  

I love Lauki, I'm glad it's also good for me in many ways!

Vaidehi September 4, 2009 at 4:39 AM  

thank you all for your comments..

Devi September 11, 2009 at 5:19 AM  

Thank you so much. I didn't know about the benefits of the bottle guard and also I used to avoid this. But after reading these benefits definitly this is one of my daily diet.

Anonymous June 1, 2010 at 11:46 PM  

I have start taking bottle gourd and bitter gourd juice, and a small amount juice of ginger and lime. I feel the drink is very refreshing and helps me in fighting my sugar.

Anonymous July 6, 2010 at 1:57 AM  

boil bottle gourd , cut into cubes and mix them with curd, red chilli powder and salt. Deliciously healthy!

kcbgupta September 8, 2010 at 12:41 AM  

This is a wonder vegitable. Drinking of its juice(made from 250 gms of tender bottle guard) regularly can do a lot of good for sufferers of BP and Diabetic patients(I am one). Add to this juices of Carat, Beetroot, Radish, Lemon, Bitter Guard, Tomato & Cocumber will solve all your daily nutritional problems. But the juice will be sufficient for 2 people.

Anonymous March 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM  

Its a great vegetable for losing weight. Boil it for at least 3-5 hours until the water color changes and bottle gourd starting to look really soft just take out the water and drink it before breakfast could help u lose fat. I have tried it on myself and saw result in a month.

dharti April 5, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

I'm very surprice to know that dudhi is used alsoin blood pressure and heart disease.....! it's very nice if it is so, because it is a common and very cheap vegetable which all can used. thanks.

lucky singh June 24, 2011 at 1:44 AM  

Oiiiii DUddhiii...!! i <3 itt mummmaa :PP

Subba Rao, Chennai July 11, 2011 at 3:57 AM  

Thank you for information. Excellent vegetable. It is very tasty if you mix with dhall and cook Kootu (sambar like) using less tamarind or even without. Good for health - BP & sugar patients.

Anonymous August 16, 2011 at 7:10 PM  

Raw Lauki bottle gourd juice is poison ! Toxic Read how a man died drinking Juice

Anonymous August 19, 2011 at 3:53 AM  

thnks for good information.

Anonymous September 8, 2011 at 3:27 AM  

Thank you for information. Excellent vegetable.

dg028 September 22, 2011 at 12:14 AM  

eat boiled lauki with tomato and little black paper and common salt it taste awesome. and healthy to loose weight......

अपना अपना आसमां October 3, 2011 at 10:05 PM  

Hi, I am already taking Raw Lauki (200 gm)every morning and found very effective in my acidity problem. Due to acidity and gas present in my stomach my abs extended outside. But now it has reduced its shape to a great extent.

So lauki is a miraculous effect on our stomach.

Anonymous October 6, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

baba says it can help you find a bride...

Anonymous October 30, 2011 at 9:27 PM  

it really works

Anonymous March 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM  

what is raw lauki juice? the bottle juice you mention, is that already juiced and readily available in a store to drink? I am confused which one is poisonous, the bottled juice, or the one you can simply squeeze and juice at home without cooking the vegetable?

Anonymous April 20, 2012 at 1:11 AM  

Oh i love the dudhi

Anonymous May 24, 2012 at 9:54 PM  

i am going to start this juice today i have my labs in my hand i will let you know the results

Anonymous June 7, 2012 at 12:19 AM  

Hi I read ur comment on the benefit on this vegetable, you mention to boil it for 3-5 hours, is it not too much boiling I think that nothing will remain in the Loki and the water is evaporating so don't you think it is too much boiling. I steam it and eat but has never drink the juice I saw it selling in some asian shop. How best is to made Loki juice. Thank you

Anonymous June 9, 2012 at 8:11 AM  

that's good info thanks. after u have blended it, do you add water?

Lauki Jaisa June 11, 2012 at 5:32 AM  

Lauki can also help in making your tool as big and curved as lauki. I have tried it and females love the juice even more

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