– There are plenty of people who’ve tried the potato remedy and say it got rid of their cold or flu symptoms. However, there’s no clinical evidence to show that this folk remedy works. Nutrition expert Dr. Ruth MacDonald at Iowa State University confirms that the potatoes in your socks cannot cure a cold or any kind of illness.
Do potatoes kill viruses on your feet?
– Eating potatoes may boost your immune system and help you beat a cold or flu. A medium-size baked potato gives you about 27 milligrams of vitamin C. Potatoes also contain high amounts of fiber and iron, especially if you eat them with their skin. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in potatoes include:
potassiummagnesium ( 5 percent of daily recommended amount)phosphorus coppervitamin B-6 ( 12 percent of daily recommended amount)B vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin and folate)vitamin Evitamin Kantioxidants
Why do we put potatoes on the feet?
– It’s not known where this remedy came from. It may have come from the late Middle Ages when the bubonic plague struck parts of Europe. At that time most people were not aware of viruses and bacteria and how they caused illness. The claim is that putting sliced raw potatoes against the bottom of your feet — and wearing socks to hold them in place — can help cure cold and flu symptoms likes coughs, runny nose, congestion, and fever.
How to use potatoes for fever relief?
Potato Slices in Socks as a Remedy for Fever – I’ve recently learned about a folk remedy for fever using potatoes. If you suffer from fever, all you need to do is put a slice of chilled raw potato at the bottom of your feet. Put it in your sock and leave for a 2-3 hours to break the fever, While there is no scientific evidence to support it, a lot of people claim that it helps to reduce fever.
What happens if you put potatoes in your socks?
– It’s safe for most adults to try the potato remedy, even if there is no evidence that it works. If you’re not allergic to potatoes, likely won’t cause a skin reaction. Make sure you use freshly washed and peeled potatoes only. Do a test patch by placing a small piece of raw potato on the skin.