Lotus root has a great importance in Ayurvedic medicine
Lotus is an extremely versatile plant. Apart from being important part of many religious philosophies in India, this aquatic plant also has several health benefits. Every part from petals to stem of the plant is useful and has an important role in Ayurveda. We all admire the gorgeous flower that symbolizes purity and beauty, but did you know the root of the flower that is inside the soil of pond or river is also of great importance?
Lotus root, commonly known as ‘kamal kakdi’ is a familiar name in Indian as well as some other Asian cuisines. It has reddish-brown skin and creamy white flesh similar to the texture of raw potato. It is crunchy and sweet and can be cooked in many forms such as curries and salads. And just like raw potato, once cut, the root starts discolouring, therefore it is always advised to soak it in water with a little vinegar after it’s peeled or sliced. The dry and powdered form of the root is also used in herbal medicine.
Health Benefits Of Lotus Root:
1. Helps In Maintaining Blood Pressure:
Lotus root is an excellent source of potassium that helps in reducing the bad cholesterol in the blood. Thus, consuming it can reduce the risk of diabetes caused by high blood pressure, hence keeping the heart healthy.
2. Cures Infections, Allergies And Inflammation:
According to Healthline, lotus roots can protect from various infections and fungal diseases such as smallpox and ringworm. It is also a good source of antioxidants like Vitamin C.
3. Beneficial For Skin And Hair:
As it is a good source of vitamins like B and C, the consumption of lotus can help you in getting glowing skin and silky-smooth hair. Vitamin C accelerates the production of collagen that is responsible for skin’s firmness.
4. Helps In Maintaining Weight:
Lotus root is loaded with fibre and has very few calories. Consuming it does not let you feel hungry and reduces the consumption of fatty foods. In addition, it also stimulates the digestive system, thus helping in losing weight.
5. Stimulates Digestion:
Lotus root contains a large amount of fibre, that is responsible for stimulating digestion. It prevents constipation and supports smooth bowel function.
Adding the super-healthy lotus root to your diet is very easy. There are so many delicious Indian recipes available like pickle and stir-fried lotus roots. But if you want to explore the recipes of the beneficial root in other cuisines, here is the recipe of an easy Chinese lotus root soup with chicken and peanuts.
And your healthy Chinese soup is ready to serve.