9 Amazing Benefits Of Potatoes You Should Know Before You Prepare Them Tonight

Potatoes are literally found in almost all our daily foods. Be it in stew, pilau, biryan, rice, or even githeri you'll find them. This is because potatoes are considered among the best in flavoring and giving our meal a natural taste. Apart from the taste, potatoes are excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, fibre, vitamin B, typtophan, manganese and also lutein.

Here are among the health benefits of potato that you should be aware of.

#1 Reduces inflammation. With its anti-inflammatory properties, potatoes sooth duodenum and stomach ulcers. Its alkalizing property also reduces stomach acidity. They also relieve the inflammation associated with arthritis.

#2 Regulates blood pressure. Well baked, mashed or salad potatoes can easily regulate blood pressure. The chlorogenic acid and anthocyanins chemicals help in lowering blood pressure. The traditions behind potatoes being a cause of  high bad pressure is not true. This is because most people prepare potatoes in unhealthy ways such as deep and shallow frying. Potatoes have 100 calories and are highly nutritious. Potatoes are good for people with high blood pressure and water retention because it balances high sodium levels.

#3 It relaxes. The white potato flesh is rich with tryptophan, an amino acid with sedative properties that relaxes the nerves. Having boiled potatoes after a long workout will calm your body.

#4 Heart friendly. Potatoes have zero cholesterol meaning its friendly to the heart. Also they have heart healing properties, that is the anthocyanins antioxidant. Potatoes are also rich in fibre, potassium, and vitamin C and B6 which keeps the heart health at check.

#5 Improves the health of the brain. The alpha lipoic acid present in potatoes helps in boosting the general health of the body. People suffering from alzheimer have benefited in the presence of the lipoic acid.

#6 Encourages sleep. The natural sedative tryptophan  found in potatoes helps in ensuring an awesome sleep. Also the potassium found on potatoes act as a muscle relaxant thus maximizing the relaxation and sleep.

#7 Helps in digestion. Potatoes contain high fibre content. Fibre are well known to support digestion and promotes bulky stool to the intestines. The potassium found in potatoes helps in recovering when one has suffered from a severe diarrhea. 

#8 Relieve premenstrual symptoms. Some studies have found that potato juice can  relieve PMS symptoms. The carbohydrate content in potato helps to increase the levels of tryptophan which further boost the level of serotonin in the body. As a result to improving moods and reducing anxiety.

#9 Stronger bones. The presence of phosphorous and calcium helps in strengthening our bones.

Well. These are the benefits of potatoes. The best way to fully utilize its potential is to bake, mash, or tossed in salad. Frying them will change its nutrients composition.

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