Raw potato juice is starchy with little natural sweetness.
Sure, it’s not the best-tasting thing in the world, but it’s not all that bad — its mild flavour means it can be mixed with other fruit and vegetable juices or even honey without the concoction tasting too funky.
Plus, for its multitude of health benefits, it’s more than worth it!
How to juice a potato? Put the potatoes in small chunks through the juicer to extract the juice. Because a large amount of nutrients are found in the skin or under the skin, it’s best done without peeling the potato.
Be sure to use organic potatoes so there aren’t pesticide residues on the skin. Pick the freshest ones, as sprouted or spotted potatoes might give you an upset tummy instead.
1. It soothes your tummy
Potato juice is very alkaline — they’re among the most alkaline foods — and works to neutralise stomach acid and sooth stomach aches. When consumed in their raw state, they also retain a type of resistant starch that soothes gastrointestinal disturbances.
2. Detox with potato juice
It also works well as an inexpensive detoxing agent to flush out your liver and gall bladder.
3. It’s anti-inflammatory
The antioxidants found in raw potato juice have anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to both prevent chronic inflammatory illnesses such as arthritis and eczema, as well as relieve discomfort caused by them.
4. It promotes digestion
Raw potato juice favours the multiplication of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract, and has been known to not only promote effective digestion, but also improve appetite.
5. It…fights cancer?!
Although not scientifically proven, some claim that potato juice can help to fight cancer by inhibiting the cancer cells and preventing them from damaging other healthy cells. Some research even link drinking potato juice every day to improvements for those with colon cancer!
6. Use it as an external treatment
Drinking potato juice can also be an alternative to external treatments. It also reportedly reduces the excessive dryness of the skin. Alternatively, you can apply cold potato juice to sunburnt skin for a cooling sensation that’ll alleviate the pain, or do the same for blemishes to treat them.
7. It works wonders for your hair, too
Mix potato juice with aloe vera to get a moisturising hair treatment that’ll help your hair regain its shine. Or, apply a mixture of potato juice, honey and egg white to your hair for a few hours before washing it off to stimulate hair growth.
8. It helps your heart
Potato juice is said to be a treatment (of sorts) for cardiovascular diseases as it prevents blockages of the arteries that’s beneficial for the heart. A cup a day can also help to relieve heartburn.
9. Potatoes are great!
And of course, the obvious: other than being a good source of protein and fiber, potatoes are rich in nutrients like vitamins A B and C, also containing minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium.
By Pinky Chng, January 2017 / Updated February 2020 / Last updated by Willaine G. Tan, September 2020.
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