Garden egg with a scientific name solanum melongena, Garden egg called “igba” in yoruba, “ikan” in Ekiti “afufa” or “anyara” by the igbo, a member of the aubergine family, it comes in different colour, pink, white, yellow, green, black, Garden egg is an important crop in several African countries, when you see garden egg buy and eat, it has so many health benefit, it’s indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa, In Ghana, garden egg is one of the three most consumed vegetables, along with tomatoes and peppers.
-Garden egg is a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, manganese, copper and thiamin (vitamin B1)
-It is a good source of vitamin B6, folate, magnesium and niacin. The eggplant also contains phytonutrients such as nasunin and chlorogenic acid. Garden Eggs are one of the healthiest food you can eat.
-Garden egg is a rich source of iron, which helps increase the red blood cell in the body, thereby aids in fighting against anemia or deficiency in iron
–It is high in potassium, a necessary salt that helps in maintaining the function of the heart and regulate blood pressure.
-Garden egg being a member of the vegetable family, it contains nutrients that include better carotene, vitamins B6 E and foliate, calcium, iron, magnesium fiber and many essential vitamins and minerals. They come in two shades, the cream and green colour.
–Garden egg is good in the treatment of stomach ulcer
-Culturally garden egg represent fertility and blessing, and this explain why it is commonly being served in some communities among the African continent.
The green garden egg contain chlorophyll which is more liver friendly than the white one which are sometimes easily digestible.
Egg plant are source of phenolic compound that act as antioxidant, antioxidant are molecules that helps the body eliminate free radicals
HEALTH BENEFIT OF GARDEN EGG
- GARDEN EGG IS GOOD FOR LIVER DISORDER
The antioxidants in garden egg help protect the liver from certain toxins, thereby making it a remedy for liver issues thereby making it a remedy for liver issues.
- GARDEN EGG HELPS CONTROL SUGAR LEVEL
Garden egg helps control the sugar level making it a dietary option for diabetic patient,it has the ability to reduce glucose absorption in the body, and lower blood sugar level
- GARDEN EGG CAN PREVENT HEART DISEASES
Garden egg help prevent heart diseases,they are rich in vitamin B1 and B6 (thiamin and niacin) they are good vitamin good for the proper functioning of the heart and cellular respiration
- GARDEN EGG CAN HELP FIGHT CANCER
Garden egg can help fight cancer, Studies have shown that Polyphenols in eggplant have anti-cancer effects. The anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid that are contained in garden egg help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.Thus preventing tumor growth and the spread of cancer cells.
- GARDEN EGG GOOD FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Garden egg is good for weight reduction especially the greenish type because they contain low carbohydrates and calories essential for weight management.
- GARDEN EGG IS GOOD FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Eggplant is packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional properties, which make it an essential part of the daily ration of every pregnant woman and the unborn child,the presence of folic acid in the eggplant which protect infants neural tube defect that do occur makes it beneficial to pregnant women
- IT HELPS TO IMPROVE EYE HEALTH
Garden egg also contains the antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, lutein plays an important role in eye health.Its spongy consistency helps to protect from poor vision caused by glaucoma as well as improving overall vision
- GOOD FOR DIGESTION
Garden egg is rich in fibre, the fibre content helps to reduce constipation and improve digestive system, it aid greatly in gastrointestinal health and proper movement of the bowel
- GARDEN EGG GOOD FOR BONE HEALTH
The presence of the folate,manganese, vitamin k, magnesium,vitamin c,and copper helps in the strengthening of general bone health. Garden egg also rich in iron and calcium can prevent the risk of bone degradation and osteoporosis