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Health Benefits of Water Chestnuts

1. Provide Vitamins And Minerals

Often, the key to making food exciting is to experiment with new ingredients. And if you’re looking for ways to fuel up on vitamins and minerals, water chestnuts might be the ticket. They’re a marvelous way to deviate from the same fruits and vegetables that you’ve had for years. These unusual veggies are rich in vitamin C and B6 along with potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium.

2. Boost Cardiovascular Health

If you are looking to elevate your heart health, consider water chestnuts. Each 100 gm serving of water chestnuts contains 3 gm of fiber. And according to the American Heart Association, high fiber intake can promote overall cardiovascular health and weight loss. To top it off, the B6 in water chestnuts can contribute 4 percent (fresh) to 9 percent (canned) of your recommended daily intake.This B vitamin aids in maintaining normal levels of amino acid homocysteine, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Homocysteine at high levels is linked to heightened risk of cardiovascular disease, though the connection between the two is not yet fully understood.

3. Ease Abdominal Pain And Dysentery

Water chestnuts have antibacterial properties and the ability to treat dysentery. They can also help your body fight abdominal pain by combating bad bacteria such as the notorious E.coli. Specifically, the fiber in water chestnuts makes it useful for maintaining regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. The juice of water chestnuts has also been shown to ease nausea and improve appetite in children. Hernias can also be eased by consuming water chestnut.

4. Soothe Liver Trouble

Water chestnuts are hepatoprotective and have been used in traditional medicine to treat liver disorders and diseases. An animal study found that water chestnut extracts improved injured livers in animals with liver damage. Researchers suggest this hepatoprotective action may be closely linked to its antioxidant capability.

5. Battle Bacteria

 

Amazingly enough, the juice extracted from a water chestnut has bactericidal properties, or the ability to not just stop bacteria’s progress but actually kill them too. Researchers have found that besides the antibacterial action of water chestnut peel extract against Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus, there is also bactericidal action against S. aureus, causing cell death of this bacteria.