Mashed or fried, sweet potatoes appeal to everyone. Its warm color and delicious texture. Sweet potatoes are one of our oldest vegetables. Their potency of nutrients justifies their consumption more frequently if we are to reap more of their health benefits.
Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins A and C, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. They have anti-inflammatory properties which help the body prevent several diseases such as: colon cancer, atherosclerosis, heart disease, asthma and osteoarthritis.
Sweet potatoes are beneficial for smokers and those who are close to secondhand smoke or who suffer from emphysema and other lung conditions. The chemicals in cigarettes induce vitamin A deficiency, and this deficiency can lead to health problems. Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene is the super nutrient for the lungs. A diet rich in this nutrient is essential for good health.
Sweet potatoes contain oxalates and are beneficial for those with gall bladder problems. They can be baked in many ways such as boiled, baked, roasted, put in a pie and in a cake or just mashed. Eat sweet potatoes all year round and get all of these great health benefits and be healthier.
1. Shiny skin
Sweet potato is rich in beta-carotene, a component that makes your skin a little shinier every time you eat it.
2. Good memory
Sweet potato helps reduce the chances of deteriorating cognitive function and even can reverse certain memory disorders.
3. Lowers cholesterol
Sweet potato may prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL), and that’s thanks to its phelonic compounds, and it may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as well.
4. Strengthens the immune system
Sweet potato is rich in the polysaccharide found in it which would exert beneficial effects on the immune system, by increasing the factors (lymphocytes) necessary for the defense of the organism.
5. Against diabetes
Sweet potato improves blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. It may decrease insulin resistance.
6. Against cancer
Studies have shown the decreased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, with increased consumption of sweet potato.