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Health Benefits of Potato

  1. Health benefits of Potato are one of the richest sources of starch, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. 100 g provides 70 calories, however, they contain very little fat (just 0.1 g per100 g) and no cholesterol.
  2. one baked potato offers about 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B6, which is good news for your heart.
  3. Health benefits of Potato are also very high in potassium, beating other potassium-rich foods.
  4. Health Benefits of Potato are a good source of iron and copper, too. In fact, a potato a day is good for your heart, promoting normal blood-pressure levels.
  5. Health benefits of  potatoes predominantly contain carbohydrates, they are easy to digest and facilitate digestion. This property makes them a good diet for patients, babies and those who cannot digest hard food but need energy.
  6. Health Benefits of Potato contains Vitamin-C and B-complex and minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc are good for the skin.
  7. Pulp obtained from crushed raw potatoes, mixed with honey, can serve as excellent skin and face packs. This helps even curing pimples and spots on the skin. Again, this pulp, if applied externally on burns, gives a quick relief and heals fast.
  8. Smashed potatoes, even water in which potatoes are washed, are very good for softening and cleaning skin, especially around elbows, back of the palms etc.
  9. The vitamin-C present in potatoes can help prevent this dreaded deficiency disease, caused due to lack of vitamin-C.
  10. Water obtained from boiling potato gives relief in rheumatism. But due to high starch or carbohydrate content it tends to increase body weight which may have adverse effects on rheumatic people.
  11. Potato can be used to relieve High Blood Pressure due to tension, indigestion etc. due to abundance of vitamin-C and B in it, but should be avoided if it is due to diabetes.
  12. The fiber present in it is helpful in lowering cholesterol and improves functioning of insulin in the body, which aids to lowering of blood pressure, since there is a direct relation between the blood pressure and the glucose level in the blood and insulin regulates this glucose level.
  13. They are high in carbohydrates and thus maintain good level of glucose in the blood which does not let brain fatigue creep in and keeps the brain active and alert.
  14. Oxygen which is carried to the brain by the haemoglobin in the blood and whose main constituent is iron. Potato contains iron too and thus aids to this function also.
  15. But it is very rich in magnesium which resists accumulation or deposition of calcium (calcification) in the kidney and other tissues, thereby proving beneficial for treatment of renal calculi.(kidney Stone)
  16. Juice of potato is a good treatment for burns, bruises, sprains, skin problems, ulcers, effect of narcotics, cancer of prostrate and uterus and formation of cysts or tumors.
  17. Health Benefits of Potato are better baked than raw or fried.
  18. The tubers are one of the richest sources of B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B6), thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folates.
  19. Red and russet potatoes contain good amount vitamin A, and antioxidant flavonoids like carotenes and zeaxanthins.
  20. Health benefits of Potato are very good natural sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
  21. The dietary fiber in them increases the bulk of the stool, thus, it helps prevent constipation, decrease absorption of dietary cholesterol and there by lower plasma LDL cholesterol.
  22. Health benefits of Potato contain rich fiber content also helps protect from colon polyps and cancer.
  23. The fiber content aids in slow digestion starch and absorption of simple sugars in the gut. It thus helps keep blood sugar levels within the normal range and avoid wide fluctuations.  Potato is considered as reliable source of carbohydrates in diabetics.
  24. The tubers are one of the richest sources of B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B6), thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folates.
  25. Fresh potato along with its skin is good source of antioxidant vitamin; vitamin-C. 100 g of fresh tuber provides 11.4 mg or 20% of daily required levels of this vitamin.
  26. Health benefits of Potato Regular consumption of potato rich in vitamin-C  body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  27. Health benefits of Potato also contain adequate amounts of many essential minerals like Iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper and potassium.
  28. Red and russet potatoes contain good amount vitamin A, and antioxidant flavonoids like carotenes and zeaxanthins.
  29. Potatoes has anti-cancer and cardio-protective properties.
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Health Benefits of Potato