Potato is a tuber crop, which is widely used as a vegetable all over the world. Do you know this simple vegetable is very effective to treat, a huge number of disease. Let us see this how.
Appearance of Potato:
Potato is an annual crop, which bears swollen fruits underground the stem. It is the widely used vegetable all across the globe. The leaves of the plant, looks quite similar as those of edible greens.
When cultivated, the plant bears different types of potatoes, some are red, white, yam shaped and so on. Red potato is considered as the healthiest variety of potato.
Botanical name- Solanum tuberosum
Food value of Potato:
Potato is very high in nutritive value. It is the chief source of starch, but also has notable amount of protein. It contains a substantial amount of alkaline salts. It is rich in soda, potash, vitamin A, B, C, fibers, minerals, carbohydrates and many more.
Its calorific value is 97 per 100 gms of the edible portion.
Uses of Potato:
The potato can be boiled, baked, steamed and cooked with other vegetables. To secure its maximum value, it should always be cooked with its skin, as the most nutritive part of the potato lies just below the skin.
Now, we shall be discussing about the disease cured respectively with the health benefits of potato. The potato contains several medicinal values in it. As our topic spells, there are certain diseases which can be cured using this. Let’s have a look on it.
Health benefits of Potatoes:
1. Treats Rheumatism-
Raw potato juice, is regarded as very effective to treat rheumatism. Press 1-2 teaspoon of the juice, and take it before every meal. It eliminates the acidic nature of the body, thus relieving rheumatism.
The skin too is very good cure. Just peel out the skin of potatoes and prepare a decoction of it. Take this 3-4 times a day, as 1-2 tablespoon at a time.
2. Clears skin and blemishes–
The juice of potato is rich in minerals like potassium, phosphorus, sulphur, chlorine and many more. Take a raw potato and shred it. Apply this on your skin for a few minutes. After that wash off with lukewarm water.
With a regular usage, it will treat blemishes, wrinkles and dark patches too.
3. Treats swelling of muscles-
If you are facing any kind of inflammation/swelling in joints and muscles, then potatoes are going to help you a lot. Extract the juice of potatoes and boil it with its pulp.
Boil till it thickens a bit, and add glycerine to it. It should be applied on the affected parts, repeatedly in every three to four hours.
4. Decreases risk of Heart attack and strokes-
Potatoes are one of the richest sources of fibers, which means to clear cholesterol and oil deposits from the veins and arteries. It also reduces free radicals which maintains proper heart functioning.
By including this simple thing in your diet, you can easily increase your life span by decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
5. Balances Blood pressure–
If you are having any complication related to blood pressure, the potato is going to be your good friend. A compound called kukoamines is richly found in potatoes, which is well-known to lower down blood pressure.
So now you have got many reasons to eat potatoes, isn’t it! But guys, there are many precautions for potato too. Let’s have a look to this.
Side-effects of Potato:
- Potato should be avoided by obese people, as it can make them much fat and heavy.
- It should also be omitted by the diet of those suffering from venereal disease.
- Potatoes which are too green in color should also be avoided, as it contains an element called solanine which reduces the nerve functioning.
- Excess potato consumption can even lead to the formation of uric acid in body, which can be bad.
In this way we saw the health benefits and common description about Potato. Hope you like the article, share it to all and do share your experiences with us. Take care and live well!
She is a learner and health conscious person. She is always interested in seeking knowledge regarding Ayurveda, herbal medicine and Yoga to cure any health ailments naturally.
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Alternative Medicine and interested in Naturopathy.