LOTUS ROOT HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Name                          :    Lotus

Scientific Name      :    Nelumbo nucifera

HEALTH BENEFITS:

All parts of the Lotus plant are edible and provides numerous health benefits. The lotus root is used to treat various health ailments and to add seasoning to the food. It is composed with several vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Due to the richness in Vitamin C, it benefits the body in various ways. The ample amount of potassium helps to reduce fatigue, heart problems, irritability and high blood pressure. Minerals such as iron assist in producing red blood cells.

Circulates blood

The Lotus root promotes the blood circulation which helps to raise oxygenation of organs and also increase the functions and energy level. The presence of copper and iron in meaningful amount assist in the production of red blood cells, lowers the risk of anemia, increases the blood flow as well as vitality.

Influence mood

The presence of pyridoxine interacts with the neural receptors in brain which impacts the mental state and mood. It eradicates headaches, irritability and stress level. The flowers of Lotus are associated with tranquility and peace.

Flow of blood

Lotus root contains potassium in significant amount which helps to maintain the balance the fluids and prevent the sodium effects in the bloodstream. Potassium acts as a vasodilator which helps to relax the blood vessels, lowers the rigidity and contraction, increase blood flow and lowers the stress on cardiovascular system. Potassium is vital for the neural activity and transport the blood and fluid to the brain.

Reduce constipation

Lotus root is loaded with dietary fiber which adds bulk to the stool and ease bowel movements. This can lower the constipation, increase nutrient absorption through the digestive and gastric juice secretion, stimulates the peristaltic motion in the intestinal muscles and ease the bowel movements.

Antioxidant activity

Vitamin C is an antioxidant which is found in high amount. It is vital for the formation of collagen; maintain strength and integrity in the organs, vessels and skin. It enhances the immune functions. In addition, Vitamin C eradicates the free radicals from the body that leads to the health conditions like heart disease and cancer.

Prevent heart ailments

Potassium is a vasodilator and dietary fiber has the cholesterol scrubbing ability. The lotus root contains the pyridoxine which helps to control the homocysteine level in the blood that are associated to heart attacks.

Regulates weight

Lotus root helps to manage the weight due to low calorie content and high amount of fiber and nutrients. It provides all the nutrients and make full for long periods of time which lowers the chances of overeating and also manage obesity.

High in Vitamin A

Lotus roots are an excellent source of Vitamin A which enhances the skin, eyes and hair health. The antioxidant activities prevent ocular conditions and macular degeneration, speeds up the healing process, reduces inflammation and skin ailments. 

MINERALS:

Serving Size: 1 root (9-1/2" long), 115 g

 

Calories 85 Kcal.

Calories from Fat 1.08 Kcal.

PROXIMITY

AMOUNT

% DV

Water

90.96 g

N/D

Energy

85 Kcal

N/D

Energy

358 kJ

N/D

Protein

2.99 g

5.98%

Total Fat (lipid)

0.12 g

0.34%

Ash

1.12 g

N/D

Carbohydrate

19.81 g

15.24%

Total dietary Fiber

5.6 g

14.74%

MINERALS

Calcium, Ca

52 mg

5.20%

Iron, Fe

1.33 mg

16.63%

Magnesium, Mg

26 mg

6.19%

Phosphorus, P

115 mg

16.43%

Potassium, K

639 mg

13.60%

Sodium, Na

46 mg

3.07%

Zinc, Zn

0.45 mg

4.09%

Copper, Cu

0.296 mg

32.89%

Manganese, Mn

0.3 mg

13.04%

Selenium, Se

0.8 µg

1.45%

VITAMINS

WATER SOLUBLE VITAMINS

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

0.184 mg

15.33%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

0.253 mg

19.46%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

0.46 mg

2.88%

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)

0.434 mg

8.68%

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

0.297 mg

22.85%

Vitamin B9 (Folate)

15 µg

3.75%

Folic Acid

0 µg

N/D

Folate, food

15 µg

N/D

Folate, DEF

15 µg

N/D

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)

50.6 mg

56.22%

LIPIDS

Fatty acids, total saturated

0.034 g

N/D

Palmitic acid 16:00 (Hexadecanoic acid)

0.032 g

N/D

Stearic acid 18:00 (Octadecanoic acid)

0.001 g

N/D

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

0.023 g

N/D

Palmitoleic acid 16:1 (hexadecenoic acid)

0.002 g

N/D

Oleic acid 18:1 (octadecenoic acid)

0.016 g

N/D

Gadoleic acid 20:1 (eicosenoic acid)

0.002 g

N/D

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

0.023 g

N/D

Linoleic acid 18:2 (octadecadienoic acid)

0.016 g

N/D

Linolenic acid 18:3 (Octadecatrienoic acid)

0.007 g

N/D

AMINO ACIDS

Tryptophan

0.023 g

5.23%

Threonine

0.059 g

3.35%

Isoleucine

0.062 g

3.71%

Leucine

0.079 g

2.14%

Lysine

0.108 g

3.23%

Methionine

0.025 g

N/D

Cystine

0.025 g

N/D

Phenylalanine

0.054 g

N/D

Tyrosine

0.033 g

N/D

Valine

0.063 g

2.98%

Arginine

0.101 g

N/D

Histidine

0.044 g

3.57%

Alanine

0.062 g

N/D

Aspartic acid

0.424 g

N/D

Glutamic acid

0.16 g

N/D

Glycine

0.179 g

N/D

Proline

0.156 g

N/D

Serine

0.069 g

N/D

FLAVONOIDS

FLAVONES

Luteolin

0.4 mg

N/D

FLAVONOLS

Kaempferol

0.9 mg

N/D

Myricetin

0.7 mg

N/D

Quercetin

0.5 mg

N/D*Above

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