Potato is a plant. The fleshy part of the root (potato) is commonly eaten as a vegetable. Potato is also used to make medicine.
People take raw potato juice for stomach disorders and water retention (edema). A purified protein powder made from potato is mixed with water and used to control appetite for weight loss.
Some people put raw potato directly on the affected area for arthritis, infections, boils, burns, and sore eyes.
In foods, potato is eaten, used as a source of starch, and fermented into alcohol.
How it works
Potatoes might limit appetite so people can lose weight. 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.
Not ProvenStomach disordersObesityOther conditionsArthritisInfectionsBoilsBurnsOther conditions
Unblemished, ripe potatoes eaten as food or taken as medicine seem safe for most people. Damaged potatoes, 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 even death.There isn't enough information to know whether it's safe to put raw potato on the skin as a treatment.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Unblemished, ripe potatoes are safe forpregnantandbreast-feeding women in food amounts. But don't use potato as medicine until more is known about how it mightaffectan unborn ornursinginfant.Are there any interactions with medications?
Diabetes: Potatoes can affect blood sugar control. If you have diabetes, monitor your potato intake as you would any carbohydrate.
ModerateMedications for dissolving blood clots (Thrombolytic Drugs)
Potatoes contain a chemical that decreases blood clotting. Taking large amounts of potato with medications used for dissolving blood clots might increase the chance of bleeding and bruising.Some medications used for dissolving blood clots include alteplase (Activase), anistreplase (Eminase), reteplase (Retavase), streptokinase (Streptase), and urokinase (Abbokinase).