Zucchini is considered a summer squash and it has another name that it goes by which is courgette. It will grow to about a meter long but is usually harvested at half of that length or less. It is the hybrid of cucumbers and zucchini can either by colored a dark green or a light green. The golden zucchini can either be a yellow or orange color.
Zucchini can either be cooked or used as a side dish or an accompaniment to the main dish. The zucchini is low in calories about fifteen food calories for each one hundred grams of zucchini. Zucchini contains a good source of folate, potassium, and Vitamin A. One-half cup of zucchini contains about nineteen percent of manganese.
The dietary fiber that is in zucchini controls the body’s cholesterol by attaching itself to the bile acid that the liver makes from cholesterol for digesting fats. The fats combine with the bile acid, thus crowding its ability to immediately digest fats, and the body is charged with making more bile acid. Then the liver draws on more cholesterol to make more bile acid which will lower the cholesterol that is in the body. The high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin C prevent cholesterol from oxidizing in the body’s blood vessels, thus hampering the onset of atherosclerosis.
Dietary fiber helps the body do healthy and regular bowel movements. The high amounts of fiber in zucchini also help prevent carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. Vitamins A and Vitamins C, as well as folate, will act as a powerful antioxidant in zucchini that will fight against oxidative stress that can lead to different types of cancer. Those vitamins also serve the body as anti-inflammatory agents. Along with the copper found in zucchini, these vitamins deter the development of hyper-inflammatory disorders such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
A one cup serving of zucchini contains over ten percent of the daily required amount of magnesium, a mineral which reduces the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Zucchini also provides folate, vitamins needed to break down the dangerous amino acid called homocysteine. When the levels of homocysteine shoot up, the body is at risk of having either a heart attack or a stroke.
Along with the mineral magnesium, the potassium found in zucchini helps lower the body’s blood pressure. If left unchecked, it can cause hypertension or high blood pressure can lead to arteriosclerosis (blood vessel damage), heart attacks, stroke, and any other major medical conditions. Both the magnesium and potassium found in zucchini can alleviate the stress on the body’s circulatory system.
One cup of zucchini contains nineteen percent of the daily required amount of manganese, which helps the body metabolize protein and carbohydrates in the production of sex hormones and catalyzes the fatty acids and cholesterol.
Manganese is important to the production of proline and amino acids that allows collagen to form which allows for healthy skin and wound healing.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.