Taro root, a root tuber mostly used in South and Southeast Asia and India but also globally, is a highly nutritious health-bomb with some amazing health benefits. Rich in fiber and protein, vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as potassium, calcium, copper, magnesium and manganese, taro root is a food that anyone that cares about their health should consume.
If you have any digestive issues, such as bloating, excess gas, constipation or diarrhea, taro root is your friend. Rich in fiber, this tuber helps add bulk to the bowel movements, helping whatever we consume move through the digestive tract. More fiber means less bloating, constipation and cramping.
Taro root contains complex, healthy carbohydrates that help regulate blood sugar levels and control insulin. Since it’s rich in fiber, taro root can help prevent blood sugar levels spikes. For this reason, it’s an excellent choice for people dealing with insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.
High in potassium, taro root can relieve stress on blood vessels and arteries and help heart health. By ‘relaxing’ our circulatory system we can reduce stress on our overall cardiovascular system and therefore improve heart health.
Taro root is an anti-cancer food. This is thanks to high levels of antioxidants it contains, including vitamins C and A, as well as a compound known as cryptoxanthin, which has been linked to reduced risk of mouth, tongue, throat and lung cancer.
As mentioned, taro root is rich in numerous vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, fiber and protein, which is all great news for our immune system. Very high levels of Vitamin C especially help fight free radical damage and various illnesses.
If you want to eat your way into healthy skin, taro root should be your number one choice. High in vitamins A, B, C and E, this tuber can help your skin fight various damages, including breakouts, sun damage and fine lines.