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Lower Cholesterol With Eggplant

The autumnal equinox is the time of balance between light and dark. It marks the first day of the season of autumn. It's also the season for cultivating eggplant when the south wind brings the moist air current here in Taiwan.

Eggplant Habitats in Taiwan

Eggplant is a cold-sensitive vegetable that requires a long warm season for best yields. The annual hottest season, from July through September, is very suitable for eggplant growth. Gaoxiong county and Bingdong county are the two main habitats, approximately compose the 56% productivity. Next is the counties of Zhanghua and Nantou, which are in the middle area of Taiwan, approximately composes 29%. Other areas also have cultivations but few.

Positive and Negative Reviews

Studies of the Institute of Biology of Sao Paulo State University, Brazil (Instituto de Bioci?ncias of the UNESP de Botucatu, Sao Paulo) also showed that eggplant is effective in the treatment of high blood cholesterol hypercholesterolemia. It can block the formation of free radicals, help control cholesterol levels and is also a source of folic acid and potassium. However, some sources, particularly in the natural health community, state that eggplant can cause or significantly worsen arthritis and should be avoided by those sensitive to them.

Vitamin P Helps in Lowering Cholesterol

Scientific experiments showed the result that eggplant contains Vitamin P amounts to 7200 milligrams per kilogram. Vitamin P, known as the "permeability vitamin", is the body of the 14 essential vitamins one, can strengthen one's body between the cell the adhesive power and improve the capillary force, to reduce the risk of cerebral blood clots, since it lessens the permeability of the walls of the capillary blood vessels. In the nutritional therapy, eating the eggplant often not only has the inhibitory action to senior citizen's angiosclerosis but also the special function to reduces hypertension and prevent the capillary bursts. That's the reason why eggplant stands out in the popular healthy food's vegetables.

The Black Nightshade Element

The modern science also knows eggplant containing "the black nightshade element" which can suppress tumor multiplication in the digesting system. Expert in preventing and controlling cancer suggests cancer patient taking the eggplant as daily food. The eggplant can also prevent and control the hemoptysis, age-spots and bad blood sickness. To arthritis patient, it also has certain effectiveness.

Famous Vegetable in Sui and Tang Dynasties

As a cultivated plant, it is widely used in Taiwanese cuisine. It is reported that the emperors of Sui and Tang dynasties were fed specially this edible eggplant. Therefore it has name of the longevity vegetable and is often described as the king of vegetables.

How to Cook Healthy

The better way to cook eggplant is cooking it in the rice cooker or others with steam. Takes it out when it is well-done. Then mixes it with Jiang Mo, minced green onion, crushed garlic, sesame oil, vinegar and the sauce oil to make it a delicious dish that riches in color, sweet smell and taste.

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