The lotus root, as its name suggests, is the root of the lotus flower, that beautiful and delicate aquatic flower that decorates many of our ponds.
This peculiar root, has a cylindrical shape, and usually consists of 3 to 5 pieces that are linked together like a huge necklace.
The inside of the root has hollow parts, and if you cut it into slices, you will appreciate a series of holes distributed in a uniform way with a very decorative result.
According to Japanese culture, these holes are associated with a good vision of the future, which is why this root is consumed to celebrate the New Year.
This plant is cultivated regularly in Asian countries such as India, China or Japan. Its roots are harvested mainly during the months of autumn and winter, period during which curiously, its use is most recommended.
For their consumption, they are usually cut into slices and added to the preparation of soups. They are also delicious in tempura, or simply fried as potatoes crisps.
If you can’t find the root fresh, your can use it dry. It is relatively simple to find it dried in health shops. To use it, simply soak it in water until tender. Then, add it to soups, or cook with sautéed vegetables, in kimpiras, stews, etc.
For the preparation of medicinal drinks, you may want to use the root powder. You don’t need to use much, 1 teaspoon should be enough for a cup of hot water or tea.
To prepare it, simply stir to dissolve the powder, add a pinch of sea salt or a few drops of shoyu. Heat on a low flame and turn off when the liquid begins to simmer. Drink hot.
This preparation will help to improve breathing quickly, as it softens mucus and facilitates its expulsion.
Do you want to know all the benefits of this singular root? Keep reading…
Lotus root is especially known for its beneficial effects on lung health since it helps disolve mucus and improves flu and catarrh processes, acting as decongestant.
The lotus also contains proteolytic enzymes that help to reduce the swelling of the mucous membranes, thus facilitating breathing and the expulsion of mucus and preventing respiratory infections thanks to its stimulating effect on the immune system.
Asthmatic people find in this root a powerful ally, which facilitates the dilation of the bronchi allowing them to breathe more easily.
The large intestine is the pair organ of the lung in TCM. Interestingly, the anti-inflammatory effect of the enzymes that the lotus contains, also help improve intestinal health.
On the one hand, they reduce inflammation, being very useful in case of colitis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and ulcers.
In addition, they diminish the permeability and help the correct absorption of nutrients.
Finally, they strengthen the immune system, helping to degrade pathogens that can inhibit the function of our defense system.
The lotus root is also very rich in fiber, thus helping to improve intestinal transit in constipated people.
The lotus root is especially rich in vitamin C, its content per 100 gr. represents around 70% of the recommended daily amount.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Only oxidized cholesterol adheres to the walls of blood vessels increasing the risk of atheroma.
On the other hand, proteolytic enzymes help to fluidize the blood and improve circulation.
The lotus flower is usually associated with feelings of peace, tranquility and tranquility.
This association also works for the root. Lotus root has a significant content of B vitamins, especially B6.
This vitamin is recommended in cases of stress and mental confusion, as it helps reduce stress and anxiety states.
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