Health benefits of Singhara

(Source: Bimbim)

Water caltrop, water chestnut or Singhara (Trapa bispinosa Roxb.) is very nutritional and beneficial for health. Singhara is a fruits so in Vrat or fasting its flour is used for preparing dishes. It can be eaten raw, boiled and as flour (after drying and grinding).

Singhara is used for treating diarrhoea, dysentery, thyroid problem, swelling and bronchitis. Singhara is rich in proteins, carbohydrates, vitamin B, C, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iodine and contains no fat. It is natural antioxidant, prevents wrinkles, protects from UV rays and helps to cure weakness.

Good for overall health

It is rich in protein, carbohydrate and minerals. Ayurveda says it contain 22 percent more mineral compared to buffalo milk. Singhara is indigenous to India and used in Ayurveda to cure various diseases. It helps to prevent sugar, ulcer, gout and heart diseases.

Good source of energy

Singhara is very rich in carbohydrate and 100 gm of it gives 115 calories.

Helpful in thyroid

It contains iodine, manganese and other minerals that help in proper functioning of thyroid.

Reduces cough

It is anti oxidant and help to cure cough.

Relief in pain and swelling

Singhara peel can be grind and applied on swelling to get relief.

Helps to heal cracked heel

Singhara contains minerals and vitamins which are helpful in curing cracked heels.

Helps to gain weight

Regular eating of its flour helps to gain weight.


For eczema cure, dried singhara should be mixed with lemon juice and applied regularly on affected area.

Please note:

A healthy person can eat 10- 15 gm of singhara daily. This also varies depending on digestive strength.

Do not eat singhara in excess as it may cause bloating and stomach pain.

Do not drink water after eating singhara.

If suffering from constipation then better to avoid this fruit.
Disclaimer: All information is provided here only for general health education. Please consult your health physician regarding any treatment of health issues.
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Singhara is very rich in carbohydrate therefore it extra usage can be harmful to you.
By: Latif, K on Feb, 15 2018
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Can anyone tell me about the taste of this fruit I never heard about it and I want to know from where I can buy or taste.
By: Iman, Karachi on Feb, 12 2018
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I really like this fruit even its not easily avaliable in Pakistan and I if you buy it, it cost you much.
By: Samana, Karachi on Feb, 07 2018
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What sort of fruit is this I never saw it in my entire life up till anyway if I get in anywhere I will definately try it.
By: Alina, Karachi on Feb, 01 2018
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There is cure to ever disease hidden in some shell under some rock. But it’s not the thing that cures but Allah who keeps us healthy are running.
By: Wahida, Peshawar on Jan, 19 2018
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By: Aamir, Indore on Oct, 21 2016
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Please advice for eczema
By: pankaj, delhi on Oct, 14 2016
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Is it helpful in Oligospermia
By: Guhram Jamali, Quetta Pakistan on Apr, 18 2015
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Thank you verry much for this information it is very help full for me and my friend but i also want to know side affects of it please email me [email protected] because some one tell me if increase joints pain thats why pleaae tell me i will thankful for you
By: fatima, Hyderabad on Dec, 31 2014
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Did not know this fruits wonderful properties.
By: chandra gulati, Lucknow on Oct, 01 2014
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what's recommendation for kidney patients?
By: orainub qureshi, karachi on Nov, 20 2013
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