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Curative Properties and Benefits of Potatoes

Potatoes are a food very rich in substances with properties that can bring benefits to our body. The plenty of potassium contained in it is very useful in case of hypertension , they also contains trace elements and minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and iron.

In natural medicine  potatoes are appreciated not only for its beneficial effects on human health, also for its versatility. In general, it performs a purifying and retains many of its active ingredients cooked well. 

Contain about 79 % water , 15% of starch and the remaining percentage is divided between ash, sugars, fats, proteins and dietary fiber; very good percentage of the potassium present in potatoes in addition to phosphorus, calcium, sodium, magnesium, iron , zinc, copper and manganese. 

These are the vitamins present in the potato : B3 , B5 , B6, vitamin C, K and J. The sugars instead divide between sucrose , dextrose and fructose. Among the amino acids , those present in greater proportion are: aspartic acid and glutamic acid, leucine , lysine, valine , arginine and serine .

Simple Remedies ...


The juice of the potato, because it is able to neutralize the stomach acid, is useful in case of stomach pains and gastritis; potato also has a purifying effect especially its water is able to cleanse the bowel and eliminate toxins from organism. To get potatoes with water purifying properties is sufficient to obtain a potato, wash it, cut it carefully into small cubes ( taking care not to remove the skin ) and soak them for a whole night in a quart of salt water. After filtering all you have to drink a glass every morning on an empty stomach.

Potato also fights water retention, in fact, the high content of potassium, helps the body to eliminate excess water. Many substances with medicinal properties are contained in the skin, so the ideal would be to cook it whole, baked or steamed, and eat it with the peel. To combat water retention is recommended in fact a diet of potatoes: For 2 days to eat 5 times a day 200 grams of unsalted potatoes and cooked in their skins and drink plenty of water.The high potassium content helps to eliminate stagnation of water and with them slag and toxins, thus purifying the blood .

The potatoes can be consumed by diabetics and recently, thanks to recent studies, it seems that more substances are contained in the skin can counteract the activity tumurale cells.

Potato is not only useful in the kitchen but also for the care of the beauty of the skin and in particular: the pulp of this tuber, for example, can be used to make face masks that nourish and provide softness to the skin. But that's not all .


Tips and curiosity

  •  Potato is a source of minerals, fiber and vitamins (especially C and B) and plays an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect on the skin reddened: just a grate and apply all over the affected area to take a bit of relief.
  • It has emollient and moisturizing properties, being composed mainly of water.
  • Do not throw away the water used to cook the potatoes because it can be a great remedy for the skin of the hands holding them soak for a few minutes, thanks to the action of starch and potassium, they will become soft and smooth.
  • To alleviate dark circles or puffy eyes, the consequences of a few hours of sleep and stress, one of the most effective natural remedies is a slice of potato left on the area for about 30 minutes.
  • It purifies the skin by removing blemishes such as acne and points blacks.
  • Useful in case of minor wounds and burns.
  • Reabsorbs hematomas.


Potatoes ?? Friends of Your silhouette

Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are not enemy for our silhouette; indeed, there are at least, seven good reasons to consume this food safely even during a diet. Potatoes, in addition to being low in fat and cholesterol, also bring a good amount of vitamins and minerals and are formidable allies of our health. This, however, provided they are cooked in a healthy way and not cover it with sauce.


Low fat
Potatoes contain less than 0.3 % fat, and make only 80 calories per 100 grams.

Much energy 
The potatoes are composed to 20% complex carbohydrates , namely those that our body absorbs slowly drawing energy for many hours.

Cholesterol under control
The starch in the potatoes reduces cholesterol and lowers the level of triglycerides in the blood

Fair amount of protein
Potatoes fall into the category of most vegetable protein ( 2%). However, these disperse easily when cooked , which is why you should consume potatoes in combination with other protein foods such as fish, rice and vegetables.

Full of vitamins
The flesh of the potato is very rich in vitamins B1 , B2 , B6, and , especially in the yellow varieties , provitamin A. Vitamin C is rather limited for the most part in the skin , then boiled or roasted potato with the skin it preserves much of the content .

…and minerals
Potatoes contain iron, zinc and phosphorus and have a potassium content of bananas in that.


Potatoes Vitelotte against free radicals.

In this regard we can mention the potatoes Purple or Vitelotte a blessing for your health as it, unlike the potatoes that are used to serve in our tables , those Vitelotte have properties (and benefits) are truly unique. They are naturally rich in anthocyanins, pigments that have antioxidant and anti-radical (help against aging processes , inflammatory and cancerous changes) .

According to scientists the amount of anthocyanins found in the analysis are very high: as many as 100 mg. per 100 grams of potato Vitelotte . Scholars attribute to these substances a real role as "cleaners" to free body from free radicals responsible for premature aging.This substances are found in many foods ( including blueberries, currants, raspberries , red grapes and eggplant ), but the potato Vitelotte  contain higher amounts .




See also: Useful tips - Varieties