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Taro roots, arbi, arvi or colocasia roots are white roots that are known for their characteristic nutty flavour. A popular vegetable in North Indian cuisine, arbi or taro root has a host of health benefits due to a wide range of nutrients present in them. Here are some benefits of this root vegetable:
Due to its low glycemic index , arbi is good for reducing fatigue and hence is consumed by athletes for energy build up.
Due to its low glycemic index and being a good dietary carbohydrate , arbi is a great alternative for diabetic people. Taro roots are also a rich source of dietary fibre, which helps in regulating the glucose and insulin levels in the body, thereby lowering the risk of developing diabetes.
Aids weight gain
Taro roots or arbi is high in carbohydrates and calories. Regular consumption of arbi, thus, assists in healthy weight gain . You can also gain weight with this expert recommended diet plan.
The high dietary fibre  content of arbi is very useful during digestion. The high starch content also helps in easy digestion of the root. A study  indicates that consumption of arbi roots can help ward off conditions like gastroenteritis, diarrhea, bloating, flatulation, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome and help in the smooth functioning of the digestive tract. Do you know what could interfere with your digestion?
The anti-inflammatory activity and presence of Vitamin E help in reducing dandruff and prevent hair loss. In fact, arbi juice can be used in reducing the symptoms of alopecia  and prevent baldness too.
Prevent certain cancers 
Arbi is rich in antioxidants and the high levels of Vitamin C and A, other minerals and phenolic compounds found in it help in boosting the body s immunity. The antioxidants help in the elimination of free radicals that are a cause of cancer from the body thereby reducing the risk of several cancers especially colon and breast cancer .
A study indicates that taro has antidepressant and anxiolytic properties  that help regulate motor coordination and also gives relief from anxiety and depression. It is a laxative and assists in sound sleep too. To know more on simple ways to deal with anxiety without medication, read this.
Good for heart
Taro has a low percentage of fat and cholesterol and hence promotes heart health by preventing the hardening of arteries. Consumption of foods rich in dietary fibres also reduces the incidence of heart disease . The high Vitamin E content and various amino acids present in taro also help in reducing the risk of heart disease. To know how Vitamin E can help you stay healthy, read this.
High blood pressure 
Arbi is low in sodium content  and fat and contains minerals like magnesium and potassium which help in regulating the fluid retention in the body. It balances the sodium levels in the body thereby keeping kidney problems and hypertension at bay. Arbi has high levels of manganese  present in it which is essential to maintain kidney health. Read: 10 simple ways to prevent kidney stones.
Antioxidants don t just help in protecting the body from various diseases but also help in reducing the signs of ageing. Add to it Vitamin E and other essential nutrients like magnesium, beta-carotene, calcium, iron and zinc, all these are effective in slowing down the ageing process.
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