Health benefits

Potatoes consist of something known as phytonutrients, the organic plant components which promotes health. Some of the phytonutrients contained in potatoes are caffeic acid, flavonoids and carotenoids. The vitamin C contained in potatoes works as an antioxidant, which delays or prevents some kinds of cell damage. Let’s now go over some of the popular health benefits offered by potatoes:

Better immunity
The vitamin C in potatoes can help in prevention of several diseases ranging from common cold to scurvy. Eating just one medium baked potato can fulfil 45% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C.

Lowering of blood pressure
Potatoes can help in lowering of blood pressure because of several different reasons. The fiber contained in them can bind with the cholesterol content in the blood and help in its lowering. Potatoes are also extremely rich in potassium, even richer than bananas. As per United States Food and Drug Administration, potassium is a mineral which can significantly help in reduction of blood pressure. Its blood pressure lowering effects are also due to its ability of functioning as a vasodilator (something that widens the blood vessels). If that’s not enough, potatoes also contain kukomines, which are very helpful in lowering of blood pressure.

Better digestion
One of the biggest health benefits of potatoes is the way they improve the digestive system, because of their high fiber content. The large amount of carbohydrates contained in potatoes makes them easily digestible, while the fiber in their skin helps in regular bowel movements.

Improved nervous system and brain health
The vitamin B6 contained in potatoes is critical in maintenance of neurological health. This vitamin creates many useful brain chemicals such as norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin, all of which are helpful in ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), stress and depression.

Better heart health
As mentioned earlier, the fiber content present in potatoes helps in easy clearance of cholesterol from the blood vessels. In addition, vitamins B6 and C help in reduction of free radicals from the system and carotenoids assist in optimum heart functioning.
The vitamin B6 also plays a critical role in methylation process which is responsible for transformation of homocysteine, a potentially dangerous molecule, into methionine (comprising of new proteins). The presence of excessive homocysteine in the system can lead to damage of the blood vessel walls, heart attack and heart stroke.

Reduced inflammation
Potatoes are highly effective in reduction of inflammation, both at the external and internal level. As potatoes are easily digestible and have plenty of vitamin B6, potassium and vitamin C (an extremely good antioxidant which can repair the wear and tear of tissues), they can potentially relieve any inflammation of the digestive system and intestines.