Because of bland taste, bottle gourd isn’t outstanding among vegetables. However, this vegetable has so many health benefits that people including IgA Nephropathy shouldn’t ignore it. Is bottle gourd beneficial for IgA Nephropathy patients?
The nutrient structure of bottle gourd
Just like many other vegetables, bottle gourd also contains a lot of nutritions including vitamin C, carotene, calorie, carbohydrate, collulose, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, and so on. When kidneys are damaged by IgA Nephropathy, patients have to choose correct amount of nutrition to take in. Some nutrients in bottle gourd are just beneficial for patients with IgA Nephropathy.
The health benefits of bottle gourd for these patients
Firstly, bottle gourd can alleviate some IgA Nephropathy symptoms like edema and high blood pressure. Excess water is flushed out due to the diuretic properties of this vegetable. Finally, patients’ swelling and high blood pressure are eased.
Secondly, bottle gourd is good to boost patients’ immune system. Because it contains rich protein and various microelements which can help improve patients’ immune ability, IgA Nephropathy patients can help achieve this goal through eating correct amount of bottle gourd.
Thirdly, bottle gourd can help prevent urinary tract infections, while urinary tract infection is one common symptom of IgA Nephropathy. This is because it is alkalizing and has a diuretic effect.
Lastly, this vegetable is one good choice to reduce their blood fat level. IgA Nephropathy patients are often suggested to limit the intake of saturated fatty acid to control the hyperlipidaemia. It is reported that bottle gourd has only 0.1g fat in every 100g.
Although bottle gourd has the above health benefits for patients with IgA Nephropathy, patients should pay attention to the intake amount. Consult the doctor online to determine how much bottle gourd to eat.