Lower Blood Pressure With Purple Potatoes


In a small-scale study, it is evident that the potato (Solanum tuberosum L) is useful for lowering blood pressure and maintain weight. Potato effect is claimed is almost the same as if we eat oatmeal.

Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, analyzed 18 patients who consume six to eight small purple potatoes twice a day for a month. The analysis showed, systolic and diastolic blood pressure respectively decreased by 3.5 and 4.3 percent.

Purple potatoes are eaten by the study participants were microwaved for essential nutrients in potatoes are not damaged. Potatoes were the size of golf balls as well and not given toppings like cheese or cream so that no additional calories.

Vinson said the purple potatoes is one type of potato that has the highest antioxidant. Even so, basically the red-skinned potatoes and white also has antioxidants.

Lona Sandon, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said that the potato is a food rich in potassium, which is known to help control blood pressure.

"Potatoes are a staple of a healthy low-fat, low calorie, and full of nutrients, especially on the skin," said Sandon, who is also an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

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