Scientific name: Trapa natans
Local/Bangla name: Panifol
Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)
Used as edible fruit
The important benefits are:
- Rich in potassium: It has enough amount of potassium, which helps to counter the effect of sodium and good for lowering blood pressure as well as for your heart. 5 raw water chestnuts have 5% of daily recommended of your potassium intake.
- Alleviate nausea: the drinking of water chestnut juice is helpful in easing out of nausea. Singhara juice is good for jaundice.
- Lowers cardiac risks: It helps to lowers down the level of cholesterol and discourages the absorption of carbohydrate. 100 grams of it contains 2 g of fiber.
- Good for sound sleep: The presence of Vitamin B-6 is good for sleeping as well as alleviating your mood. It produces neurotransmitters that are effective for your mood and sleep.
- Good for measles: Boiled water of water chestnuts is good for measles patients.
- Good for thyroid gland: Due to the presence of iodine, it is effective in the proper functioning of thyroid gland.
- Hair growth: It has sufficient amount of potassium. It is also having vitamins B and E. All these nutrients are good for healthy hair.
- Control loose motions: It has cooling effects and acts like as coolant.
- Anti-viral: The presence of anti-oxidants like poly-phenols and flavonoids , it acts as anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer and anti-fungal.
- Good for fetal growth: During pregnancy, it is helpful in the growth and development of fetal.
- Good for skin: It helps to detoxify the body and gives overall good appearance. The paste of water chestnuts and lemon juice is good to cure eczema.
- Regulates water retention: It has the balancing effects in the body due to the presence of enough amount of potassium and lower amount of sodium thus helps in regulation of water retention.
- Cure phlegm: Its juice is good in curing of phlegm.
- Secretion of mother milk: It is good in the secretion of milk by stimulating the mammary gland.
- Sore throat: Eating the vegetable is helpful to cure sore throat.