10 Health Benefits of Potato

The origin of potatoes


Potato (Solanum tuberosum) is originally from South America, from Chile and Peru, where over 16 and 17 century spread on the soil of Europe, first adopted in France, during the reign of Maria Antoinette and King Louis.

During the 19th century, Spanish and English sailors due to malnutrition and lengthy voyages were often suffered from a lack of vitamin C and disease known as scurvy, accompanied by inflammation and bleeding of the gums. The absence of fresh vegetables and fruits, sailors was compensated with the potatoes, because potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C.


The basic characteristics of the potato


Potato belongs to the root vegetables, because the underground part of which is in the form of round, oval tubers used in food applications. The above-ground part of the plant (tree and leaves) is not used for human consumption.
Potatoes are vegetable that contain a lot of carbohydrates, primarily starch, why one of the high-energy foods is.  In addition to starch, potatoes are abundant in plant fibers and cellulose.

Potato is one of the most important foods in the human diet, and it was very important for the disappearance of hunger in Europe. In fact, this is the fourth most abundant food in the world after maize, wheat and rice. This plant grows in all geographic length and at the same time requires very little space or land, and can be stored up to six months without refrigeration.

Potatoes are safe vegetables that are commonly used, but labelled as not very healthy, which is not quite true. One cooked potato contains only 26 calories and many nutrients good for our health.

Potatoes provides the body with necessary energy that we need during dieting, and since it is rich in carbohydrates helps physical reactions such as movements, thinking and digestion.

Diabetics should not use potatoes due to the high glycemic index.


Nutritional value of potatoes


Potatoes are vegetable that contain a lot of carbohydrates, primarily starch, why one of the high-energy foods is.

In addition to starch, potatoes are abundant in plant fibers and cellulose.

Vitamin share of potato belongs to the most vitamin C, and then there are B group vitamins (niacin, folic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin).

Mineral composition of potato consists of: magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium to a greater extent. Potatoes also contain traces of zinc, iron, and selenium.


Health Benefits of Potato


1. Potatoes prevent scurvy

Thanks to high levels of vitamin C, potatoes can satisfy the daily needs for vitamin C, and thus prevent the occurrence of scurvy, a disease that occurs in lack of aforementioned vitamin.

2. Potatoes lower blood pressure

High doses of potassium in potatoes can regulate the balance of sodium and potassium in the body, thereby affecting the maintenance of normal blood pressure.

3. Potatoes strengthens the immune system

High doses of vitamin C and zinc are classified potatoes into valuable foods that can preserve a good immune response and to prevent the occurrence of disease.

4. Potatoes in the fight against cancer

Today's research in the field of anti-cancer substances is increasingly proving that potatoes contain antioxidants and anti-cancer agents, as well as an abundance of plant fiber which can prevent the occurrence of colon cancer.

5. Potatoes improves mood

The potato is rich in serotonin, neurotransmitter and hormone that affect the good mood and relieves depression and anxiety.

6. Potatoes regulates digestion

If you have diarrhea, eat boiled potatoes. As such, it will not cause nausea and vomiting, and in addition will affect the thickening of the intestinal contents and stop diarrhea.

7. Potatoes and Menopause

Potato contains phytoestrogens, so it should be used by women during menopause in order to regulate hormonal status.

8. Potatoes in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and gout

Old folk have had used potato as remedy for the treatment of rheumatism, gout like freshly grated potatoes placed on painful areas and twisted with the warm towel. Also, grated potatoes thrown into stockings reduce fever.

9. Potatoes relieves nausea 

Pregnant women who suffer from nausea should nimble fresh slices of potato in order to eliminate nausea.

10. Potatoes and skin changes

Potatoes are used in natural and facial care as a mask for the face for refreshing and nourishing the face, also for eliminating wrinkles. Potatoes found use in the treatment of eczema, acne and other skin changes (burns, wounds, and cuts).


Healing properties of potato juice


The beneficial properties of raw potatoes have long been known to folk medicine, but despite the prevailing opinion that the potato should not be consumed raw. It is a mistake, because in raw form potato is very healthy and highly beneficial food. From misconceptions concerning the consumption of potatoes, it is worth mentioning the prevailing opinion that it is necessary to peel before use because the shell potatoes poisonous. In fact, the shell of healthy, organically grown potatoes does not contain any substances that are harmful to health. It is dangerous to eat unripe potatoes with green crust and potatoes which were germinated. The danger lies in Solanum - toxin produced in germ and green parts of potatoes. 

PREPARATION OF JUICE


Juice of potato is very easy to make. First, wash the potatoes well and remove from it all sprouts and green parts of the crust. Then grated potatoes put in a linen cloth and squeeze the juice. For this purpose, you can use the juicer.

The juice needs to be always freshly prepared, and to improve the taste you can mix it with fruit and vegetables of your choice, for example, apple and carrot, lemon juice and honey.


For what is good juice of fresh potatoes?


- It cures gastritis and ulcers in the stomach and intestines
- It is used as ingredient in Breuss’s cancer therapy 
- Strengthens the immune system, relieves headaches
- Eliminates fatigue, exhaustion, when recovering from illness

Potato juice is a natural remedy for the treatment of gastritis, one of the most widespread diseases of our time. To this end, recommends taking one tablespoon of potato juice diluted with a little water, half an hour before breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

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