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5 Health Benefits of Adding Arrowroot to your Diet

Big, perennial herb found in rainforest environments is called Maranta arundinacea, also known as arrowroot, maranta, west Indian arrowroot, bermuda arrowroot, araru, araruta, ararao, or hulankeeriya.

Sonali Behera
Arrowroot grown in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Assam and Kerala has many health benefits.
Arrowroot grown in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Assam and Kerala has many health benefits.

Arrowroot is primarily cultivated for its food starch and is found in a cylindrical rhizome. In India, it is grown in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Assam and Kerala. 

Nutritional value per 100 gms. (As per USDA)

Nutrients

Amount

Calories

271 kJ (65 kcal)

Protein

4.24 g

Fat

0.2 g

Carbohydrate

13.39 g

Magnesium

27 mg

Health Benefits of Arrowroot:

Encourages weight loss:

While starchy veggies and refined flours are typically avoided while trying to lose weight, arrowroot powder is quickly overtaking these foods in terms of popularity. Due to the 32% resistant starch and enormous levels of insoluble fiber in arrowroot powder, you will feel fuller for longer. This aids in appetite control and promotes weight loss. While being a strong source of protein, it also helps people feel fuller for longer, suppresses unwanted appetite, and consumes fewer calories.

Gluten-free Starch:

It is the best substitute for wheat for those looking for gluten-free food. Arrowroot contains resistant starch, which also helps with diarrhoea and immunological function. When making bread, cakes, cookies, and other delectables, this flexible flour can be used in place of corn-starch as it mixes well with other types of flour, such as tapioca, coconut, or almond flour.

Improves Sleep:

You can get roughly 25 mg of magnesium per 100 g of arrowroot which has a high magnesium level. The length, quality, and tranquillity of restful sleep can all be improved by incorporating this excellent flour into your normal meal plan.

Optimizes Skin Health:

With vitamins, antioxidants, and protein added to the arrowroot, blemishes, acne scars, rashes, and pigmentation are all treated. The use of arrowroot-based face masks is beneficial for removing dead skin cells and restoring the skin's natural glow. Additionally, arrowroot powder rich in bioactive ingredients are frequently used in cosmetics that nourish the skin from the inside out and assist to maintain moisture.

Improves Blood Circulation:

Arrowroot contains a good amount of B-complex, copper & iron. According to research, these minerals are vital for forming red blood cells. Also, these nutrients are required for proper blood flow to and from many important organs.

Enough blood flow to the muscles and important organs prevents anaemia, weariness, and weakness. In addition, improved blood flow to the neurological system improves thinking, memory, and brain function. Health drinks with an arrowroot base are excellent for boosting energy during exercise and improving stamina and endurance.

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