Zucchini an Aphrodisiac

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Beyond its phallic form which arouses people’s sexual imagination, zucchini’s deep roots absorb trace minerals that build both red and white blood cells, helping to cleanse veins and capillaries, enhancing the circulation of oxygen that increases and intensifies both desire and performance. Eat either an entire zucchini three hours before each performance . . . and don't be surprised by an encore!

Zucchini’s Health Benefits

Zucchini is rich in manganese. Each cup of chopped zucchini boasts 0.22 milligram of manganese. This provides 12 and 10 percent of the Institute of Medicine's recommended daily intake for women and men, respectively. This trace mineral protects your tissues from harmful free radicals. It supports the function of glycosyltransferases, a family of proteins that promote healthy bone tissue development. Manganese also helps your body produce collagen essential for efficient wound healing.

Along with manganese, it also contains the mineral potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte and helps bring the reduction in blood pressure and heart rates by countering pressure-effects of sodium.

Studies show that the phytonutrients in zucchini aid in reducing the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH), a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges and leads to complications with urination and sexual functions in men.

This summer squash is also a good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation, aids in digestion, and offers some protection against colon cancers.

Zucchini’s cancer preventive qualities get even better because of its high vitamins C and A content. Vitamins C and A not only serve the body as powerful antioxidants, but also as effective anti-inflammatory agents. Along with the copper found in zucchini, these vitamins deter the development of many hyper-inflammatory disorders, including asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Zucchini also provides you with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytonutrients that belong to the carotenoid family, which is the same nutrient family that includes beta-carotene, a source of vitamin A. Lutein and zeaxanthin promote healthy eyesight. They filter light rays as they enter your eye, helping to ensure that harmful rays can't damage your eye tissues.

This veggie is a relatively moderate source of folates, provides of 24 µg or 6% of RDA per 100 g. Folates are important in cell division and DNA synthesis. When taken adequately before pregnancy, it can help prevent neural tube defects in the fetus.


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