Health Benefits of Arrowroot

Arrowroot or arrowroot starch is a powder, which is extracted from the roots of the arrowroot plant Maranta arundinaceae. Arrowroot powder is also known as arrowroot flour. The arrowroot plant, in Hindi, is known as ‘Ararot’.

The arrowroot plant is a perennial herb with flat, broad, ovate-shaped leaves. It grows to a height of 3 to 5 feet. The root of this plant is cylindrical-shaped with cream-white/light red tuber.

Arrowroot powder is extracted from the plant’s underground stem with multiple roots that store its starch and energy. Arrowroot powder is the pure starch of the plant. It is used in sweet and savoury dishes. 

Arrowroot is easily digestible, gluten-free starch and is used in diets requiring flavourless, low-salt and low-protein foods.


Nutritional Facts 

Arrowroot is a starchy vegetable that is rich in carbohydrates. It contains high amounts of phosphorus and potassium. It has traces of zinc and iron. It contains negligible quantity of fats.

One cup of arrowroot slices that is, weighing approximately 120 gm contains 78 calories, 16.07 gm of carbohydrates, 1.6 gm of fibre, 0.24 gm of fat, 7 gm of calcium, 5 gm of proteins, 118 mg of phosphorus, 545 mg of potassium, 31 mg of sodium, 30 mg of magnesium, 2.66 mg of iron,  0.071 mg of riboflavin, and 0.172 mg of thiamine.


Potential Health Benefits of Arrowroot…

Improved heart health

1. The high content of potassium present in arrowroot acts as a defence against heart-related disorders.

2. Potassium is a vasodilator, it expands the blood vessels and arteries thus, reducing blood pressure and preventing cardiovascular diseases such as strokes, heart attacks, and atherosclerosis. 

3. Arrowroot promotes the production of bile in the liver thus, reducing blood cholesterol levels.

4. The bioactive compounds such as cardiac glycosides, alkaloids, phenolic compounds, saponins, and flavones present in arrowroot also help in regulating healthy cholesterol levels.


Treats urinary tract infection

The antiseptic and the anti-inflammatory effects of arrowroot aids in treating urinary tract infections, curing bladder infections, and preventing future flare-ups.


Improves kidney health

1. The high content of potassium in arrowroot is responsible for improving the kidney health.

2. Potassium eliminates the toxins and stressors from the kidneys thus, improving urinary system functioning.


Promotes healthy sleep

1. The high magnesium content of Arrowroot helps in improving the sleep cycle. Magnesium enhances the quality and duration of sleep.

2. Magnesium content of arrowroot also aids in decreasing the occurrence of sleep diseases like apnea and insomnia.

Arrowroot is easily digestible, gluten-free starch and is used in diets requiring flavourless, low-salt and low-protein foods.


Other possible benefits…

Arrowroot produces numerous health benefits, apart from the health benefits mentioned above, it also produces few more such as aids weight loss, boost the immune system, promotes growth and development, treats skin complaints, promotes digestion, boosts metabolic rate, promotes good circulation.

Also treats athlete’s foot, relieves diarrhoea and abdominal pain, heals the skin, aid diabetes treatment, prevents birth anomalies, relieves toothaches, fights food borne pathogens, beneficial in pregnancy, and treats hair complaints.


How to use Arrowroot?

Arrowroot is generally used in the form of powder. Arrowroot powder can be used in several ways. Some of them are as follows:

  • In desserts.
  • As a binder in omelets.
  • Added to cookie or cake batter.
  • Add in soups, sauces, stews, or curries.
  • Add to shakes, smoothies, pudding, jellies, or juices.

How to make Arrowroot Thandai?

Mix 1 tsp Arrowroot powder in 1 cup water and mix it well.

Boil it on a low flame and stir continuously to avoid lumps.

Add 2-3 tsp of jaggery powder. Let it dissolve.

Add 1 cup milk, when it starts thickening.

Bring it to boil and then add ½ tsp cardamom powder. Turn off the flame, once It boils.

Let it cool and then store it in the refrigerator. Serve it chilled.

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