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Potato

Potato
Potato or the famous “Aloo” is a complete package of various medicinal and healing properties. It is a starchy vegetable with strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. It helps to manage stomach disorders and gives strength to the body. Some of the external benefits of Potato are in managing boils, sunburn and boils[1][2].

What are the synonyms of Potato?

Solanum tuberosum, Aloo, Aalu, Batate, Alu-gidde, Batata, Uralakilangu, Wallaraikilangu, Bangaladumpa, Uralagadda, Uralaikkilannu, Irish Potato, Zulu Potato, White Potato

What is the source of Potato?

Plant Based

Benefits of Potato

What are the benefits of Potato for Obesity?

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Potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrate. Although consumption of Potato is good for health, it depends on the amount as well as the method of cooking. Boiled, baked or roasted Potatoes do not contribute to weight gain. On the other hand, deep fried Potatoes can cause obesity[4][6].

What are the benefits of Potato for Acidity?

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Stomach disorders include conditions such as indigestion, stomach pain and heartburn.
Potato juice helps in the neutralization of stomach acid and gives relief from pain and acidity.
Tip:
1. Take 1 teaspoon of Potato juice.
2. Add ½ cup water to it.
3. Drink it preferably two times a day[2].

How effective is Potato?

Insufficient evidence
Acidity, Obesity

Precautions when using Potato

Moderate Medicine Interaction
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Potato may interact with blood thinners. So it is generally advised to consult your doctor while taking Potato with anticoagulant drugs[3].
Patients with diabetes
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Potato may increase the blood sugar level. So it is generally recommended to monitor your blood sugar while taking Potatoes if you have diabetes[3].
Side Effects
Important
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1. Nausea
2. Vomiting
3. Diarrhea
4. Thirst
5. Restlessness[3].

Recommended Dosage of Potato

  • Potato Powder - 1/2 -1 teaspoon twice a day.

How to use Potato

1. Potato Salad
a. Take 2-3 boiled Potatoes.
b. Peel off and chop them into small pieces.
c. Add your favorite vegetables.
d. Add lemon juice and salt as per your taste.
e. Mix all the ingredients and enjoy the salad.

2. Potato powder
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon Potato powder
b. Mix with water or honey after taking lunch and dinner

Benefits of Potato

What are the benefits of Potato for Arthritis?

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Potato helps in managing the symptoms of arthritis. This is due to its anti-inflammatory property. Potato juice, if applied on the affected area, helps manage pain associated with arthritis.
Tips:
1. Take 1 raw Potato.
2. Peel and cut it into small pieces.
3. Blend and strain the juice using a muslin cloth.
4. Take 1-2 teaspoon of this juice and apply on the affected area[2].

What are the benefits of Potato for Infections?

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Potato contains an enzyme aspartic protease that has proven antimicrobial activity. Studies state aspartic proteases are able to kill the spores of certain microbes[2].

What are the benefits of Potato for Boils?

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Not enough scientific evidence is available to support the role of Potato in case of boils.

What are the benefits of Potato for Burns?

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Potato helps in relieving minor burn or sunburn due to its anti-inflammatory property. It reduces the pain and swelling associated with burn by inactivating the chemicals causing pain.
Potato is a good sedative in case of burns, skin rashes and cracks. Fix them with a bandage for 1-2 hours.
Tips:
A. For sunburn
i. Take a thinly cut Potato slice.
ii. Put them over the affected area
iii. Leave it for a few minutes[2].

B. Minor skin burn
i. Make the paste of raw Potato.
ii. Apply it on the affected area to relieve pain[2].

C. 1st Degree Burns
i. Take a slice of raw Potato.
ii. Put it directly over the affected area.
iii. Leave this on for 15 minutes.
iv. Remove and replace with a fresh slice of raw Potato for an additional 15 minutes[2].

How effective is Potato?

Insufficient evidence
Arthritis, Boils, Burns, Infections

Recommended Dosage of Potato

  • Potato Powder - 1/2 - 1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Potato

1. Potato Juice
a. Grate a medium size Potato.
b. Squeeze the juice using a muslin cloth.
c. Dip a cotton ball in the juice.
d. Gently clean your face with it preferably at the bedtime.
e. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week to get rid of skin aging and blemishes.

2. Raw Potato paste
a. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Potato paste.
b. Apply on the affected area and let it sit for 2-3 hours.
c. Use this remedy 2-3 times a day to get rid of pain due to skin burns.

3. Potato Slice
a. Take 1-2 slices of Potato.
b. Rub them on your temples to get relief from headache.

4. Potato powder
a. Take Potato powder ½- 1 teaspoon or as per your requirement
b. Mix with water and apply on the affected area to get quick healing of the wound.

Frequently asked questions

Q. How long can grated Potato juice be kept?

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Sliced Potato and its juice have the tendency to get oxidised when kept in contact with the atmosphere. So it is generally advised to keep the juice and cut Potatoes in the refrigerator in closed containers. It is advisable to use within 24 hours.

Q. Can you eat Potato skins?

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Potato skin can be consumed. It can help add fiber and nutrients to your food.
Tip:
Clean the Potatoes well if you are using them along with the skin.

Q. What are the chemical constituents of Potato?

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Potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin B-complex, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium.

Q. Are boiled or baked Potatoes healthier?

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Baked or boiled Potatoes are healthier. Studies state that eating fried Potatoes or in the form of french fries is unhealthier. Potatoes can be eaten in baked, boiled or mashed without the risk of diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases[4].

Q. Are green or sprouted Potatoes safe to eat?

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Avoid the consumption of green or sprouted Potatoes as they contain poisonous chemicals that cannot be destroyed by cooking[2].

Q. Can Potatoes cause stomach upset?

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Yes, Potato might upset the stomach as it takes time to digest. It causes heaviness in the stomach due to its Guru (heavy) nature.

Q. Can Potatoes make you fat ?

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Eating Potato will not make you fat if taken in limited amount and in a healthy way. But if Potatoes are taken in the form of French fries, chips or are deep fried, it can lead to weight gain.
Tip:
Prefer boiled, steam or saute Potato over deep-fried.

Q. Do Potatoes have fiber without skin?

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Yes, evidence shows that Potato without skin also contain fibre. It contains approximately 1.30g/100 g of fibres which is very less as compared to the Potatoes with skin. This is the reason Potato is beneficial if consumed with skin[7].

Q. Is it safe to use raw Potato on face?

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Applying raw Potato is safe and has various benefits such as:
1. The juice helps to manage skin aging.
2. Raw Potato helps to get rid of pain due to skin burns.
3. Sliced Potato helps in headache[2].
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Yes, raw Potato is safe to be applied on the face. Potatoes help to get rid of the dark spots on the skin and promotes healing. This is due to its Kashaya (astringent) and Ropan (healing) properties.

Q. Does Potato juice provide a glow on your face?

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Potato juice helps to cleanse your face and impart a glow to it. This is due to its natural bleaching property.
Tip
Wash your face daily with Potato juice[2].

Q. Do Potatoes help remove acne scars and dark spots?

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Potato helps in managing acne cars. This is because Potato inhibits the activity of an enzyme responsible for pigmentation. This helps in reducing dark spots and scars due to acne. Potato also has antioxidant activity which helps in reducing skin damage caused by free radicals[2].

References

  1. Balkrishnan A.Aloo.Ayurved Jadi Buti Rehsya. Danik Bhaskar.2017.
  2. madevi M, Kumar SPK, Bhowmik D, e t al.Health Benefits and Cons of Solanum tuberosum.Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies.2013;1(1):16-25.
  3. WebMD.Potato: Uses, Side effects, Doses, Interactions [Internet].Atlanta [last updated in 2016].
  4. Muraki I,Rimm EB, Willett WC.et.al.Potato Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: Results From Three Prospective Cohort Studies.Diabetes Care. 2016; 39(3): 376–384.
  5. Mendieta JR1, Pagano MR, Muñoz FF.et.al.Antimicrobial activity of Potato aspartic proteases (StAPs) involves membrane permeabilization.Microbiology. 2006;152(Pt 7):2039-47.
  6. Eric A. Decker, Mario G. Ferruzzi.Innovations in Food Chemistry and Processing to Enhance the Nutrient Profile of the White Potato in All Forms1,2.Adv Nutr. 2013;4(3): 345S–350S.
  7. Dhingra D, Michael M, Rajput H.et.al.Dietary fibre in foods: a review.J Food Sci Technol. 2012; 49(3): 255–266.
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