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Friday, March 8, 2013


Apart from the fact that sweet potatoes are readily available, inexpensive, and delicious, there are many other reasons to love these yummy vegetables. They are as follows:

1) They are High in vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homo cysteine in our bodies. Homo cysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.
2) They are a good source of Vitamin C: Vitamin C is important to help, ward off cold and flu viruses. Also, it plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skin's youthful elasticity, and is essential to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be linked to cancer.
3) They contain Vitamin D: Vitamin D is critical for immune system and overall health. Vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. Seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, as it is also called), which is linked to inadequate sunlight and therefore a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth. Also, supports the thyroid gland.
4) Sweet potatoes contain iron: Plays an important role in red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning and the metabolizing of protein.
5) Good source of magnesium: It is a relaxation and anti-stress mineral. Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle and nerve function.
6) Source of potassium: It is one of the important electrolytes that help regulate heart beat and nerve signals. Also helps in relaxing muscle contractions, reducing swelling, and protecting & controlling the activity of the kidneys.
7) Natural sugars: Sweet potatoes are naturally sweet-tasting but their natural sugars are slowly released into the bloodstream, helping to ensure a balanced and regular source of energy, without the blood sugar spikes linked to fatigue and weight gain.
8) Carotenoids: The rich orange color indicated that they are high in carotenoids like beta carotene and other carotenoids, which is teh precursor to vitamin A in your body. Carotenoids help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity to disease, they are powerful antioxidants that help ward off cancer and protect against the effects of aging.