The potato is a root vegetable native to the Americas, a starchy tuber of the plant Solanum tuberosum, and the plant itself is a perennial in the nightshade family, Solanaceae.
Wild potato species, originating in modern-day Peru, can be found throughout the Americas, from the United States to southern Chile.
1. Diminish Inflammation
Those who suffer from chronic internal or external inflammation can reap the benefits potatoes provide for this ailment. The make-up of a soft, baked potato is easily digestible, alleviating the digestive system from irritation. To ease any external inflammation, simply rub a raw potato on the affected area(s) including any ulcers that may be found in the mouth.
2. Treat Your Skin
Treating skin ailments with potatoes is an inexpensive and natural way to look your best. Try a potato juice facial by topically applying it, or use sliced potatoes on eyelids to reduce the appearance of dark circles and swelling.
3. Keep Diseases at Bay
Decrease the risks of cancer, aid digestion, combat heart disease, and avoid common disorders in the nervous system, all by eating potatoes.
4. Alleviate Kidney Stones
Raised uric acid levels in the blood is the main contributor of kidney stones. The hard masses of calcium crystals in urine can create painful stones that are excruciating to pass. Those suffering from kidney stones can find many extra benefits from ingesting the entire potato peel, a rich source of such relieving nutrients as alkaline salts and the aforementioned copper, manganese, potassium, and B-vitamins.
5. Improve Brain Functions
Day to day activities and general health can be influenced greatly by adding potatoes into your diet. The high amounts of copper and iron, also known for boosting brain activity, are an added benefit. Preparing a baked potato and eating it, skin and all and without salt, can lead to an improved memory.
Manganese, potassium, and vitamin B6 and C are each known to assist in functions of the brain while nerve centers respond positively to the fatty acids and amino acids found in potatoes.
6. Relieve Stress
Stress on the body and mind can be eased by ingesting potatoes; cellular renewal is boosted by the rich source of vitamin B6 in potatoes.
The creation of adrenaline hormones, which aid in fighting stress, is just one major benefit. They also produce GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid), a hormone that can also reduce stress and help the brain ready itself for relaxation or sleep.
7. Positive Effect on Diabetes
Those with diabetes are always worried about raising blood glucose levels and so they avoid potatoes’ natural sugar content. In fact, avoidance isn’t necessary, but portion control is.
Carbohydrates can be a healthy part of any diabetic meal plan when incorporated in correct portions. Talk to a doctor about managing diabetes through ideal servings.
8. Enhance General Health
The common thought is potatoes cause weight gain yet their caloric value is actually fairly low making them a good choice for meals.
Potatoes also provide sustenance so feelings of hunger are averted for longer periods. They also provide a decrease in cholesterol levels because they are half soluble and half insoluble.