Modern research has revealed that bamboo shoots have many health benefits: improving appetite and digestion, weight loss, and curing cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The shoots are reported to have anticancer, antibacterial, and antiviral activity. Bamboo shoots contain phytosterols and a high amount of fiber that have cholesterol‐lowering and anticarcinogenic activity and therefore could be called nutraceuticals or natural medicines.
They contain 17 amino acids, 8 of which are essential for the human body. A higher amount of selenium, commonly known as “Miracle life element,” is present in the bamboo shoots of some species compared to other vegetables.