Potatoes have gotten a lot of flak in recent years due to their carbohydrate-rich nature. However, potatoes, particularly raw potatoes or the juice of a raw potato have a never-ending list of health benefits.
Health benefits of raw potatoes
The healing potential of raw potatoes is well-known in folk medicine, but despite that, we still think that we shouldn’t be consuming raw potatoes. It is a mistake because in its raw form potatoes are very healthy and extremely useful.
Also, the juice from raw potatoes can be used as a hair treatment, and it is known to help reduce the dark circles under the eyes.
Before you start using raw potatoes in your diet, let me mention that you should always peel off the potatoes because its shell is poisonous. The danger lies in immature potatoes with green skin and potatoes sprout. The substance that makes immature potatoes is called solanine, a poison that exists in germ and green parts of potatoes. You can remove the shell before use to avoid any risk.
Home remedies using raw potato
Digestive health and stomach problems
Potatoes have been used for centuries by people with digestive issues ranging from heartburn to indigestion.
Additionally, according to a 2013 study potato juice has been used to relieve gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), stomach ulcers and helps cleanse the intestines and reduce the amount of acid in the gastrointestinal system.
You can take one tablespoon of potato juice diluted with a little water, a half hour before breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Stomach (peptic) ulcers
Another folk remedy with roots in real science is the use of potato juice for stomach ulcer treatment and prevention.
A recent study from the University of Manchester found that potatoes could prevent and even cure stomach ulcers because it contains one molecule that fends off the bacteria that pave the way for stomach ulcers.
A recent study performed by the Medicine University of Akita (Japan) has managed to isolate the substance of raw potatoes (patatin), which proved to be effective in reducing the growth of melanoma cancer cells in mice.
Also, an antiproliferative effect on human colon and liver cancer cells has been demonstrated in vitro.
Improving liver function
To improve the function of your liver, try a potato skin tea. Just boil the peelings from one large potato in one cup of water for five minutes.
Drink this daily to keep your liver and gallbladder at top performance.
Lipid panel improvement and antioxidant qualities
If you had bad cholesterol and high triglyceride levels, potato juice may be the answer to getting your lipid panel numbers where they need to be.
This may be in part due to the antioxidant qualities that potatoes possess. A 2012 study found that potatoes are high in antioxidative activity and that this quality increases when potatoes are processed via juicing.
According to a 2013 study, one to two teaspoons of potato juice taken before each meal can help to improve arthritis symptoms.
Scurvy is a disease caused by a deficiency of vitamin C, whose symptoms are swollen, bleeding gums and problems with wound healing. Due to the high levels of vitamin C, potato juice can be beneficial for fending off scurvy when taken regularly.
Potatoes are a wonderful natural cleanser, especially for facial skin. Grate a raw potato and rub it over the skin, then rinse. The nutrients in the potato can absorb into the skin to nourish and moisturize your face, leaving you glowing and healthy.
Awaken tired eyes
You can perk up sleepy eyes by placing a slice of potato over each eyelid and leaving them on for just a few minutes.
It is important to know that you mustn’t consume too much potato juice daily because higher doses of potato can cause problems. It is recommended not to drink more than half a cup of potato juice daily.
Also, potatoes with a greenish color under the skin should be avoided, as these contain higher levels of a chemical called solanine, which can interfere with nerve activity and cause severe nausea, diarrhea, and cramping.