The Sweet Potato: Sweet and Full Of Health Benefits

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sweet potatoesSweet potatoes are a cheap and much healthier substitute for white potatoes and have great benefits that go along with them! Here are nine benefits that you can get from a sweet potato.

1. Sweet potatoes have a high Vitamin B6 content. B6 helps to reduce a chemical that is in our body called homocysteine which is a chemical that is linked to degenerative diseases.

2. They are a great source of Vitamin C. This vitamin helps you to keep a strong immune system as well as keeping your bones growing, increasing the collagen in your skin, accelerating wound healing, and even helping you cope with stress.

3. Sweet potatoes are also a great source for Vitamin D. You can get D from the sunlight, but when you don’t get enough sun you could end up with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Vitamin D helps to elevate the mood, elevate energy, promotes healthy bone growth, and also supports the thyroid gland.

4. Iron is a mineral that a lot of people don’t get enough of. Iron boosts your energy, helps to produce red and white blood cells, metabolizes protein, and helps to keep you calm under stress. Iron is found in sweet potatoes!

5. Another mineral that is in sweet potatoes that not nearly enough of us get enough of (an estimated 80% of the population) is magnesium. It is necessary for healthy bone, heart, blood, artery, and nerve function. It also helps with relaxation.

6. They are a great source of potassium which helps your heart and muscles to function normally.

7. While sweet potatoes are sweeter than regular ones, their natural sugars are released slowly into the body to keep your blood sugar balanced.

8. Their orange color indicates that they are high in carotenoids which help eyesight, reduce risk of cancer, and boost the immune system.

9. You can do so many things with sweet potatoes that you will never get bored of them. They can be fried, roasted, or grilled!

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6 Comments

  1. Love them just roasted in the oven in their own jackets. Delicious! Thanks for all the info on nutritional benefits. I was unaware there were so many!

  2. The best part about Yams and Sweet Potatos is that they can balance hormones after menopause!! I use them and Tofu, and I noticed no more hair growth coming back on my chin! It really works to regulate hormonal balances back into my body.

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