Health benefits of Singhara

Health benefits of Singhara

By SHRADHA SRIVASTAVA  on: 29 October 2013
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Winters are in and one of the cheif fruit of this season is  Water caltrop, water chestnut or Singhara  (Trapa bispinosa Roxb.). Available in green, brown & pink colours ,it is very nutritional and beneficial for health.Singhara is a fruits, so in Vrat or fasting its flour is used for preparing dishes. It can be eaten raw, boiled and as flour (after drying and grinding).

Nutrients In Singhara or Water Chestnut (Trapa bispinosa)

Singhara is rich in proteins, carbohydrates, amylose,citric acid, vitamin B, C, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iodine,manganese,phophorylase and contains negligible fat.

Nutrient.............................................Amount/100 grams

Water........................................................48.2 g
Protein......................................................3.4 g
Fat............................................................0.2 g
Carbohydrates..........................................32.1 g
Sugars.......................................................3.3 g
Energy.......................................................730 calories
Dietary Fiber..............................................14.9 g
Calcium......................................................17.6 mg
Zinc............................................................0.4 mg
Iron.............................................................0.7 mg
Sodium.......................................................0.8 mg
Potassium..................................................468 mg

Nutrient Benefits Of Singhara

Gluten free
Low in fat
Cholesterol free
Low in sodium
High in potassium
Rich in minerals calcium, iron, zinc and phosphorus
Contains moderate amounts of fiber

Health & Medicinal Benefits Of Singhara Or Indian Water Chestnuts-

  1. Singhara is used for treating diarrhoea, dysentery, thyroid problem, swelling and bronchitis.
  2. It is natural antioxidant, prevents wrinkles, protects from UV rays and helps to cure weakness.
  3. It helps to prevent sugar, ulcer, gout and heart diseases.
  4. Singhara is very rich in carbohydrate and 100 gm of it gives 115 calories.
  5. It help in proper functioning of thyroid.
  6. The fruits are used to treat sore throat, anemia, fractures, urinary disorders, and in leprosy.
  7. It is anti oxidant and help to cure cough.
  8. Singhara peel can be grind and applied on swelling to get relief.
  9. Regular eating of its flour helps to gain weight.
  10. For eczema cure, dried singhara should be mixed with lemon juice and applied regularly on affected area.
  11. To treat measles, boil chestnuts in water and drink this water to alleviate the infection. It is best given from the 3rd day to 9th day of symptoms.
  12. It is rich in polyphenolic and flavonoid antioxidants and therefore possesses antibacterial, antiviral, anticancer and antioxidant properties.
  13. The seed has a detoxifying effect on the body and therefore is very useful to those who suffer from jaundice.It helps in removing toxic substances from the body.
  14. It cures dehydration in winters and serves as a coolant.

                                Singhara has been widely used in Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine.Ayurveda says it contain 22 percent more mineral compared to buffalo milk. Singhara is indigenous to India and used to cure various diseases.

 

Please note:

  1. A healthy person can eat 10- 15 gm of singhara daily. This also varies depending on digestive strength.
  2. Do not eat singhara in excess as it may cause bloating and stomach pain. 
  3. Do not drink water after eating singhara. 
  4. If suffering from constipation then better to avoid this fruit.

 

 

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