Arrowroot is a starchy tuber native to the Caribbean and Central America. Over the centuries, people have used the plant's powder for everything from paper-making to soup-thickening. It is an excellent homeopathic treatment for various common medical conditions, as well as a natural immune system strengthener. Rich in vitamins and many different "trace" minerals, the health benefits of arrowroot include soothing digestive troubles and improving the quality of your skin. It's especially rich in manganese, an electrolyte your body needs for many systems to operate effectively.
For people with celiac disease or other gluten intolerances, finding starches that don't contain gluten is challenging. It can be used in place of flour as a thickener for sauces and soups and can replace starches in other dishes, as well. Powdered arrowroot, or arrowroot flour, can be combined with other gluten-free flours to substitute wheat flour in baked goods. The powder is even gentle enough on the stomach to make teething cookies and food for babies and toddlers. Mashed arrowroot is rich in potassium and iron and ideal for those following a vegetarian diet.
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