Potatoes contain high amounts of carbohydrates.
People who practice low-carb diet consider potatoes to be terrible and harmful.
What people don’t know is that potatoes (especially raw potatoes) have an endless list of beneficial properties.
Potatoes – health benefits
Potatoes contain high amounts of nutrients, including potassium, thiamin, niacin and vitamin C which makes them a healthy part of everyone’s diet. Furthermore, they can cure various ailments by taking them internally or as a local treatment.
You can use the juice of potatoes either in smoothies along with other fruits and veggies or as a topical treatment – just slice up two medium potatoes and put them in your juicer. This will give you half a cup of potato juice. If leave the peel on, make sure you scrub it well.
We advise you to mix the potato juice with other fruits and veggies because its taste is not very pleasant.
Nutrients in potato juice
Potassium – half a cup of potato juice a day gives you 27% of the recommended amount of potassium for adults.
Vitamin C – half a cup of potato juice gives you over 50% of the ideal intake of vitamin C for adults.
Thiamine (vitamin B1) – 20% of the ideal amount for adult men and 22% for adult women can be achieved from half a cup of potato juice.
Niacin (vitamin B3) – 20% of the recommended amount for adult men and 22.5% for adult women can be gained from half a cup of potato juice.
Home remedies using raw potato
The list of home remedies based on raw potato and potato juice is long. Some of the recipes are very old, passed on many generations, while other are scientifically studied and supported. In this article we present you several potato remedies:
Digestive health and stomach problems
Potatoes have treated many digestive problems throughout many centuries such as heartburn and indigestion. Some researchers from the University of Freiburg in Germany carried out a research in 2006 which was published in the Phytomedicine Journal and discovered that two-thirds of patients suffering from digestive problems said that potato juice alleviated their issue.
The 2013 Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies stated that potato juice also alleviates gastritis (stomach inflammation), stomach ulcers, cleans the intestines and lowers the acid in the gastrointestinal system.
Stomach (peptic) ulcers
This is also scientifically proved, folk remedy in which potato juice is used as a cure for stomach ulcer and protection from it.
Dr. Ian Roberts and his team, from the University of Manchester, discovered that potatoes have the power to protect from stomach ulcers and treat it because their juice contains a molecule that no one has heard of before and that fights off bacteria responsible for developing stomach ulcers.
Potatoes might not have the power to cure all cancer types but one study from 2013, published in the Food and Function journal and carried out by researchers from China’s Northeast Agricultural University, discovered that a compound in potatoes, called patatin could stop the cancer cells from proliferating in mice infected with melanoma cancer.
Lipid panel improvement and antioxidant qualities
Potato juice can get your lipid panel numbers where they should be if you had bad cholesterol and high triglyceride levels.
The reason for this can be the antioxidant qualities of potatoes. A study carried out in 2012 by Polish researchers from the Poznan University of Life Sciences, discovered that potatoes have high antioxidant properties – and that their power increases when potatoes are being juiced.
Arthritis symptoms can be alleviated by consuming 1-2 teaspoons of potato juice before each meal,this was stated in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies from 2013.
Another option is to take a pot with water and boil well cleaned potato peels for three to five minutes, strain and let it cool down. One cup of this drink to four times a day maximum is the normal amount for alleviating arthritis pain and inflammation. If you have arthritis, mix potato juice with these natural remedies and double check whether you have this common vitamin deficiency which causes arthritis pain.
This disease is triggered by lack of vitamin C, and its symptoms are swollen and bleeding gums and slow healing of wounds. Potatoes contain high levels of vitamin C and regular consumption can fight off scurvy.
Potatoes work as natural cleansers mostly for facial skin. Take a potato, grate it and rub it on your skin, then wash off with water. The nutrients in potatoes are easily absorbed in the skin and benefit your face by nourishing and moisturizing it, giving it a healthy glow.
Burns, sores, cuts, cracks
Grate a small potato and add honey and olive oil to heal minor skin injuries. Apply it to the injured place and secured it with a bandage for 2 hours. Sunburn can also be treated if you slice a potato in thin pieces and put them on the burned place for several minutes to add moisture and alleviate pain.
If you want to relieve a headache, place thin potato slices on your forehead. For chronic headaches, consume ¼ cup of hot potato juice before every meal, three times a day maximum. You should also know that this nutritional deficiency might cause migraines.
Awaken tired eyes
To brighten sleepy eyes put a slice of potato on each eyelid and let them sit for a few minutes.
Improving liver function
The function of your liver can be boosted by potato peels tea. Boil potato skin from one big potato with a cup of water for 5 minutes. Strain it and drink when it cools down. Consume this tea every day to maintain perfect performance of your liver and gall bladder.
Relief from swelling and itching
You can use potato slices for swollen gentle skin to decrease the swelling and you can also alleviate itching cause by insect bites or dermatitis. Put a slice on the area you want to treat and replace the slice once it warms up.
Potatoes – a few precautions
Potatoes are healthy and healing but consuming too much potato juice in one day can be toxic for your body. Half a cup per day is the recommended amount.
Also, you should know that potatoes with green color under the peel contain high level of a chemical called solanine. When this chemical interrupts the nerve activity it triggers heavy nausea, diarrhea and cramping. Avoid these greenish potatoes for your sake.