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This one ingredient can prevent diabetes, colon cancer and hypertension!

If you knew it would be so good for your health, you would eat it often.

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:

Provides energy

Due to its low glycemic index [1], arbi is good for reducing fatigue and hence is consumed by athletes for energy build up.

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Diabetes

Due to its low glycemic index and being a good dietary carbohydrate [1], 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 [2]. You can also gain weight with this expert recommended diet plan.

Digestion

The high dietary fibre [4] content of arbi is very useful during digestion. The high starch content also helps in easy digestion of the root. A study [2] 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?

Healthy hair

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 [3] and prevent baldness too.

Prevent certain cancers [3]

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 [4].

Reduces anxiety

A study indicates that taro has antidepressant and anxiolytic properties [4] 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 [5]. 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 [5]

Arbi is low in sodium content [5] 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 [6] present in it which is essential to maintain kidney health. Read: 10 simple ways to prevent kidney stones.

Anti-ageing

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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References:

  1. Simsek, S., & El, S. N. (2015). In vitro starch digestibility, estimated glycemic index and antioxidant potential of taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott) corm.Food chemistry, 168, 257-261.
  2. Amy C. Brown, Ph.D., R.D. and Ana Valiere, M.S. The Medicinal Uses of Poi. Nutr Clin Care. 2004; 7(2): 69 74.
  3. Prajapati, R., Kalariya, M., Umbarkar, R., Parmar, S., & Sheth, N. (2011). Colocasia esculenta: A potent indigenous plant. International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology, Neurological Diseases, 1(2), 90.
  4. Kundu, N., Campbell, P., Hampton, B., Lin, C. Y., Ma, X., Ambulos, N., ... & Fulton, A. M. (2012). Antimetastatic activity isolated from Colocasia esculenta (taro). Anti-cancer drugs, 23(2), 200.
  5. Alinnor, I. J., & Akalezi, C. O. (2010). Proximate and mineral compositions of Dioscorea rotundata (white yam) and Colocasia esculenta (white cocoyam).Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 9(10), 998-1001.
  6. Barminas, J. T., Charles, M., & Emmanuel, D. (1998). Mineral composition of non-conventional leafy vegetables. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, 53(1), 29-36.

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