Potatoes are part of our food since 19th Century. Surprisingly rich in immune-boosting Vitamin C, a medium potato with the skin provides 27mg, almost half of the recommended daily intake. Rather than being bland and starchy, they're actually full of nutrients.


Researchers at the Institute for Food Research in Norwich have found blood-pressure lowering molecules in potatoes called kukoamines. While the precise quantity of potatoes you'd need to eat for a therapeutic effect has still to be measured, it is thought that a few good servings of potatoes a day would have some blood-pressure lowering activity.


The Agricultural Research Service in Navarre, America, has identified 60 different kinds of photochemical and vitamins in potato skins. The B vitamins in potatoes also protect arteries. Vitamin B6, found in potatoes, reduces levels of a molecule called homo cysteine which is involved in inflammation and the furring up of arteries. High homo cysteine levels are associated with a significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.


A single baked potato will provide nearly 12 per cent of the daily recommended amount of fibre, giving similar levels to whole grain breads, pastas and cereals. High levels of dietary fibre and 'bulking agents' support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements, while giving a protective effect from colon cancer. While most potato fibre is found in the skin, some of the starch in potatoes is indigestible.


Potatoes are exceedingly rich in Vitamin B6, a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood. Just 100g of baked potato contains 21 per cent of the daily value of the vitamin. It is also used to make adrenaline, hormones that help us respond to stress, and GABA, a substance linked to relaxation and a feeling of well being.

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