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Lotus root

Lotus root is the root of the lotus flower. The lotus root is a long, woody object that attaches to the bottom of the pad and can stretch up to four feet. It can be washed, sliced, and then prepared. It is frequently used as a vegetable in Asian cuisines, including within soups; it can also be deep-fried, stir-fried, braised, or cooked in other interesting ways. It is also used in the natural or powdered form in traditional herbal medicine. I personally make a sautee with lots of onions for blood cells, ginger to strengthen digestive function (Stomach & Spleen) and black garlic which is the best natural anti-biotic with red capsicum for anti-oxidants.

Lotus root can be attributed to its unique mix of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, including potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron, and manganese, as well as thiamin, pantothenic acid, zinc, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. It is also a very significant source of dietary fibre and a decent source of protein.

Benefits are:

- Improves blood circulation inlcuding red cell production. The iron and copper content in lotus roots is significant, and they are both integral parts of red blood cell production, helping in reducing the chances of developing anemic symptoms and increasing vitality and blood flow.

- Regulates blood pressure like potatoes, tomatoes, and avocado.

- Improves digestion due to dietary fibres.

- Rich in vitamin C: vitamin C is one prominent nutrient. One hundred grams of lotus root contains 73 percent of your daily requirement of this powerful antioxidant vitamin. Vitamin C is an important component of collagen, which maintains the integrity and strength of our blood vessels, organs, and skin, and is also a major stimulant for the immune system. Furthermore, vitamin C can neutralize free radicals in the body, which are dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism that may increase the risk of chronic conditions, like cancer and heart diseases.

- Weight management due to being low in calories.

- Rich in vitamin A and proven to improve the health of the skin, hair, and eyes. Vitamin A has anti-oxidant capabilities and can prevent macular degeneration and other ocular conditions. It also helps to speed up wound healing and treat skin conditions and inflammation.

Warning: please do not eat raw as it will spread parasites or bacterial infections.

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