9 Amazing Health Benefits of Eggplants

Eggplants, also known as aubergines, have a unique range of health benefits. Follow along to learn more about this glossy purple fruit.

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Sliced eggplant on wooden cutting board
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Promote weight loss

Eggplants are high in fibre and low in calories, making them the perfect addition to any weight loss plan. Bonus: Eggplants are super versatile! You can bake them into a scrumptious eggplant Parm, mash them into a baba ghanoush or twirl them into rollatini—the possibilities are endless.

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Raw ripe eggplants on light background
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Improve memory

Eggplant skin isn’t just pretty and purple, it’s covered with a powerful antioxidant called nasunin that protects brain cell membranes and assists in the transport of nutrients and the removal of waste. What’s more? Nasunin has also been proven to prevent neuroinflammation and increase blood flow—which could help improve memory.

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Pan fry crispy baigan / eggplant / brinjal recipe from India.

Build strong bones

Tired of milk? Throw an eggplant in the juicer! The natural plant compounds in this wondrous fruit have been proven to reduce osteoporosis, promote stronger bones and increase bone density. Eggplants are also packed with iron and calcium—two very important minerals for bone health.

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Eggplant preserves. Homemade vegetarian vegetable caviar in glass jar on rustic wooden table

Combat dry skin

Skin tends to get dry, especially during the winter months. Prep for winter (or take a self-care day) by whipping up an eggplant facial mask. All you’ll need is half a cup of shredded eggplant, 2 Tbsp. aloe juice and 1 tsp. honey. Stir them up and spread them on your skin. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then wash off completely.

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Grilled eggplant salad, tomatoes, feta and lettuce with olive oil and red balsamic, sea salt and pink pepper.

Boost hair growth

Eggplants contain healthy enzymes that stimulate the hair follicles, which promotes healthy hair growth. Eggplant is also high in water content, which helps to restore and soften those pesky brittle strands. Wash your hair with eggplant juice to maintain the natural shine and luster of your hair.

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pizza eggplant with tomatoes and Basil. the toning.
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Prevent signs of aging

Eggplants deliver some vitamin C, which protects our skin and body from oxidative damage. Vitamin C also prevents other signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.

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Harvest of striped eggplant on a wooden background

Lower blood pressure

You know that beautiful purply-black skin we’ve been talking about? Well, it turns out it’s not just good for your brain but for your blood pressure, too. Eggplants contain anthocyanin, which has been proven to drop patients’ blood pressure.

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gluten free vegan lasagna. from grilled eggplant, green peas, lentils and vegetables. delicious healthy comfort food for the whole family for the holidays.

Balance blood sugar levels

Adding eggplant to your diet may keep your glucose levels in check. This is because eggplants are high in fibre. Fibre can lower the blood sugar by slowing the rate of digestion and the absorption of sugar—slower absorption not only keeps glucose levels balanced, but it also prevents spikes and crashes.

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3 colorful mixed of Eggplant (Solanum melongena) or aubergine with water drop.

Rich in nutrients

This superfood is a wonderful alternative when you’re trying to cut down on calories, but are still craving something hearty and delicious. Here are approximate nutritional specs per 1 cup cooked eggplant (99g):

  • Calories: 35
  • Total Carbohydrate: 8.64g
  • Dietary Fibre: 2.5g
  • Copper: .1mg
  • Vitamin B1: .1mg
  • Manganese: .1mg
  • Vitamin B6: 85mcg
  • Vitamin B3: .6mg
  • Vitamin K: 2.9mcg
  • Folate: 14mcg

Hungry yet? Get the recipe for grilled eggplant with herbs and balsamic vinegar.

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