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