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8 Surprising Benefits of Lotus Roots (Kamal Kakdi)

Shikha Parewa
Shikha Parewa
Vegetables
Vegetables

Lotus root, also known as Kamal Kakdi in hindi, is a versatile vegetable that is an integral part of Indian  as well as some Asian cuisines. The lotus root is the lower, edible part of the lotus plant. It is crunchy and sweet, similar to the taste and texture of a raw potato. It can be steamed, braised and fried. It is also used as a herbal medicine in dry and powdered form. 

The unusual woody and crunchy texture gives this root vegetable a unique flavor. Each kitchen has its own way of preparing delicious dishes from the lotus root. Japanese and Oriental cuisines, lotus root is mixed with a spice and in Indian homes, lotus root is cooked in the form of crisps, curries, koftas, or even pickles. 

Health Benefits of lotus roots: 

Here are some amazing benefits of kamal kakdi

Helps in controlling blood pressure: 

Lotus root is an excellent vasodilator as it is good source of Potassium. It helps in reducing bad cholesterol in your blood. Its consumption can reduce the risk of heart attack and prevents blockage of the arteries. The presence of pyridoxine in Lotus Root helps to manage homocysteine ​​levels in the blood and keep the heart healthy. 

Helps in curing infections and allergies: 

We can prevent our body from various infections and fungal diseases such as smallpox, leprosy and ringworm by consuming lotus root. We can also cure bleeding disorders, excessive sweating, nosebleeds and hematuria by using the leaves of this plant. It is a good source of antioxidants as it contains sufficient amount of vitamin C. It would be good to consult doctor if you are consuming it for the medicinal purpose. 

Helps in curing inflammation: 

Inflammation is often accompanied by a burning sensation. It is an unpleasant side effect or symptom of many conditions. White lotus can help reduce inflammation. A 2013 study by Trusted Source showed that two polysaccharides in lotus plum have significant anti-inflammatory effects.  

Helps in reducing stress:  

Lotus root has a vitamin B complex, which contains a compound called pyridoxine. This compound interacts with nerve receptors in the brain, which are responsible for reducing stress, irritability, and headaches. 

Helps in maintaining balanced mental state: 

Lotus root is also a very good source of vitamin B6. Insufficient consumption of vitamin B6 can cause Short term memory loss, depression, irritability, and difficulty in concentration. One hundred grams of vitamin B6 can give you 0.258 mg or 20% of your daily vitamin B6 that your body needs to function properly. 

Gives healthy skin and hair: 

Consumption of lotus can bring you glowing skin and silky smooth hair as it is good source of vitamins like B and C. Vitamin C stimulates collagen production in the body, which is responsible for skin firmness. 

Helps in maintaining weight: 

It contains very less calories and more fiber. This property of lotus root does not let you feel hungry and thus reduces your consumption of fatty foods. . In addition, it also helps stimulate your digestive system, helping to lose weight. 

Stimulate digestion: 

Lotus root contains a large amount of fiber, which helps to stimulate digestion. It helps to combat constipation while ensuring the absorption of nutrients through the secretion of gastric juice and further stimulates peristaltic movement (intestinal contractions) in the intestinal muscles to facilitate easy and loose bowel movements.  

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