How does Potato work?

Potatoes might have activity as an appetite suppressant to cause weight loss. A chemical in the potato peel might also prevent bacteria from attaching to cells. Potatoes are a source of vitamin C, iron, riboflavin, and carbohydrates.

Are there safety concerns?

Unblemished, ripe potatoes taken as medicine seem safe for most people. Damaged, green potatoes and sprouts contain poisonous chemicals that cannot be destroyed by cooking. These poisonous chemicals can cause headache, flushing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, thirst, restlessness, and death.

Do not take potato as medicine if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have diabetes.

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