Eat arrowroot for a healthy pregnancy

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:May 02, 2015

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There are numerous health benefits of arrowroot that go unnoticed by most people until they are advised to include it in their diet by their doctors. Here is a list of benefits of eating arrowroot.
  • 1

    The Miracle Powder

    A powdery substance extracted from roots of the arrowroot plant Maranta arundinaceae is called arrowroot. Native to South America, arrowroot plant is a small perennial herb with broad, flat, ovate shaped leaves that can grow to a height of 3-5 feet. It is easily digestible and can mix with a wide range of food ingredients. In addition, there are many health benefits of this miracle starch that you must know.

  • 2

    Boosts Digestion

    Arrowroot boosts digestion by regulating bowel movement. High starch content in it makes it a mild laxative for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.

  • 3

    Maintains Acid and Alkaline Balance

    The only starch product found in arrowroot is calcium ash. To maintain a proper acid and alkaline balance in the body, supply of calcium chloride in the form of calcium is very important.

  • 4

    Promotes Infant Health

    It is easily digestible, which makes arrowroot suitable for children. Infants can be fed with jelly made from arrowroot or it can be used as an alternative to breast milk.

  • 5

    Healthy during Pregnancy

    Folates are important during pregnancy and can be easily found in fresh roots. Just 100gms serving of arrowroot gives about µg or 84% of the daily required levels of folates.

  • 6

    Weight Loss

    Arrowroot is low in calories and fat which makes it beneficial for weight loss. You may use it in your dishes easily without worrying about calories.

  • 7

    Heart Health

    Arrowroot is loaded with potassium which is vital for cell and body fluids to regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

  • 8

    Treats Small Pox and Gangrene

    Arrowroot provides a herbal treatment for small pox and gangrene that can cause skin infection and itchiness.

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