How Gond Katira Benefits Men and Women Health
By Jyoti Pachisia
Gond Katira, aka Tragacanth, is a natural gum deduced from the dried sap of native Astragalus legumes. Earlier, gond katira was used in most Pakistani kitchens. Today, the current generation might hear the name from their grandmothers but, unfortunately, hardly know much about its uses. Let us find the healthy benefits of Gond Katira for health and well-being.
Around 100g of gond katira provides approximately 70 kcal of energy, 35 grams of carbohydrates, and 30 grams of fiber. It is extensively used in a variety of food products and recipes around the world.
Health Benefits Of Gond Katira For Males and Females
Gond katira is believed to have both warm and cold benefits on the body, and that’s why it can be used in any season. Gond katira has various health benefits for both males and females, including:
1. Prevents Heatstroke
Gond katria has healing properties to cool and soothe the body; it can come in handy for people living in hot climates and prevent them from having a heat stroke. It can also save the body from dehydration in hot weather.
2. Controls Blood Pressure
Hypertensive patients can benefit from gond katira. Due to its cooling effects, it helps bring it down to the standard value.
3. Flawless Skin
Gond katira is a skin-friendly food source. It clears dark spots and pigmentation that result from excessive sun exposure. It reduces the appearance of fine lines as well as wrinkles on the face and neck.
4. Provides Post-pregnancy Strength
Gond Katira strengthens women post-childbirth by aiding the process of lactation and helps strengthen the bones. Females require adequate amounts of all the essential vitamins and minerals post-pregnancy and lactation. The famous homemade Gond katira laddoos are given to these females as they provide calcium and energy.
5. Treats Urinary Complications
It is the most economical choice to treat UTI-related complications. Many people suffer from urinary incontinence due to diabetes, pregnancy, and other factors. This edible gum treats blockage and inflammation in the urinary tract; soothes the muscles, thereby improving urinary control to a great extent.
6. Healthy Bones
Being rich in calcium, this edible gum can be used as a possible treatment for bone disorders like osteoporosis and arthritis. It is highly beneficial post-menopause because of declining bone health and hormonal imbalances. It improves bone mineral density and strengthens the joint, which is a common condition during aging.
7. Improves Immunity
As per research studies, Gond katira boosts immune cell secretion, and reinforces the immune system against diseases and other foreign particles. It helps to facilitate cell regeneration and recovery.
8. Improves Digestive System
The purgative nature of this Gond stimulates gastrointestinal movement. This edible gum boosts bowel movement while aiding in healthy digestive system by relieving constipation and diarrhea.
Gond katira benefits males by increasing sex drive, sexual inadequacy, or weakness in men, and other sexual issues such as erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, and other issues.
Apart from the above mentioned, consuming Gond Katira helps women to increase their breast size and has hormone-balancing properties.
Uses Of Gond Katira
Gond Katira can bes used in various ways:
1. It can be used as a paste in modern burn treatments
2. It has immense uses in the cosmetics industry as a culture medium in laboratories
3. Katira gum is used in the past to prepare floral decorations in cakes
4. Gond Katira can be used as a thickener in sauces, confections, salad dressings, ice cream, and other products
5. Gond katira can be soaked in water, this gond is added to sherbets, sattu, lemonade, traditional lassi, salads, dips, chutneys, and desserts like kheers, puddings, and oats
To conclude, the best way to stay healthy and strengthen oneself is to switch to eating more natural ingredients. Consulting a registered dietitian for a helathy lifestyle is always advisable whenever you add any new ingredient to your diet routine.
Keeping this in mind, we must go back to our roots and add gond katira to our meals for its numerous health benefits.