Courgettes are a type of summer squash. The entire vegetable, including its flesh, seeds, skin and flowers, are edible. Commonly, the courgette resembles the cucumber in size and shape, although other shaped courgettes are also available. It has smooth, thin skin that is either green or yellow in color and can be striped or speckled. Its tender flesh is creamy white in color, and contains numerous seeds.
Courgettes are goods sources of the vitamins B1, B2, B6, K, beta carotene and folic acid. They also contain copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and fiber. Courgettes are particularly rich in manganese, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
Promote Optimal Health
Although not as potent as root vegetables like garlic or onion, squashes have been found to have anti-cancer type effects. Studies have shown vegetable juices obtained from squash to be parallel to juices made from leeks, pumpkin, and radish in their ability to prevent cell mutations.
The nutrients found in summer squash, including the courgette, are useful for the prevention of many other conditions. High intakes of fiber-rich foods help to keep cancer-causing toxins away from cells in the colon, while the folate, Vitamin C, and Beta-carotene help to protect these cells from the chemicals that can lead to colon cancer. The antioxidants Vitamin C and Beta-carotene also have anti-inflammatory properties that make them helpful for conditions like asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, where inflammation plays a big role.
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