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Lesser-Known Health Benefits of Potatoes You Need to Know

If you’re interested in boosting your body’s overall performance, then look no further than the potato.

That’s right: potatoes have healing powers.

For centuries, potatoes have gained quite a bad reputation since they were considered to be toxic for humans.

And now, they continue to be surrounded by a bad aura. But that only happens because they are associated with fried foods that make us fat.

But despite all that, the potatoes are still among the most consumed foods in the world.

Coincidence? I think not.

As far as I am concerned, in this day and age, potatoes are like gems hidden in plain sight. That’s just my two cents.

Here’s why.

Nutritional Values

A medium sized potato contains:

  • 163 calories
  • 2 grams of fat
  • 0 grams of cholesterol
  • 37 grams of carbohydrates
  • 7 grams of fiber
  • 3 grams of protein

The same portion also provides us with phosphorus, niacin, folic acid, zinc and:

  • 2% of the daily calcium requirement
  • 51% of vitamin C
  • 9% of iron
  • 30% of vitamin B6
  • 12% of magnesium
  • and 25% of the necessary potassium intake

Who’d thought that right? But that’s just the beginning of the story.

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Supports Bone Structure

Potatoes contribute to the building and maintenance of the bone structure due to their complex combination of iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

While iron and zinc play crucial roles in the production of collagen, phosphorus and calcium are very important for maintaining a healthy bone structure, since they help improve bone density and mineralize your bones.

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Great for Your Heart

Potatoes also help support heart health and keep high blood tension under control.

That’s because of the fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium and magnesium they contain…

  • balance the tension levels
  • lower high cholesterol levels
  • maintain the health of blood vessels
  • & prevent clotting

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Optimize Digestion and Easily Help You Shed A Few Extra Pounds

Potatoes also regulate digestion and can help you drop a belt hole.

If you combine them correctly, you can benefit from the high content of the potato fiber.

Fiber regulates intestinal transit, reduces symptoms of indigestion, constipation, or diarrhea, and can ease bloating and flatulence.

In fact, a small portion can keep you satiated for up to 4-5 hours.

And here’s the kicker: they also contain a compound known as alpha-lipoic acid, which helps the body convert glucose into energy.

Plus, medical studies have proved that this alpha-lipoic acid can help control blood glucose, which improves vasodilation and protects diabetic patients against retinopathy (the damage inflicted to the retina of the eyes – which may lead to blindness).

The main mistake we make is generally to combine potatoes with meat. Regardless of how they are prepared, your body has a hard time digesting this combination. So that’s what’s causing us digestive problems and “help” us fatten.

But as long as you make a habit out of consuming potatoes alongside other vegetables, there’s no way you’ll actually put on any weight.

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Preserve Tissues and Brain

Scientists discovered that potatoes stimulate the brain by providing many of the necessary substances for good functioning.

In fact, scientists at the University of Maryland discovered that the amount of vitamin B6 that they contain is critical for creating dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

And all these are essential in naturally combating depression, stress and even ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).

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Powerful Disease-Combating Properties

Potatoes also hold some great antioxidant, diuretic and antioxidant effects.

Due to their vitamin C and folic acid content, they help us flush out toxins and even stop the development of tumors.

Potato consumption prevents cell damage –triggered by free radicals and environmental pollution.

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Other Health Benefits

Few people are aware that, for example, raw potato juice is great at treating stomach acidity and ulcers. Or that it has a calming and healing effect on the digestive mucosa.

All this happens because the potato juice contains a unique antibacterial molecule that can treat the ulcer and destroy the bad bacteria in the stomach.

In addition to the ulcer, potato juice may also help relieve:

  • constipation,
  • gout,
  • rheumatism,
  • cardiovascular disease,
  • diabetes,
  • strengthen the body’s immunity,
  • and helping it to fight liver disease…

…. all due to its high vitamin C content.

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The best you can benefit from all these beneficial effects the common potato holds is by either drinking its juice (using a juicer), boiling, or cooking potatoes always at temperatures of maximum 230 F degrees.

So, what are your thoughts on the topic?

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To your health!

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