Sweet potatoes belong to different species and family than the regular potatoes, but they come from the same order.
You can call this kind of potato a unique type of potato in many different colors, it has amazing nutritional values and resembles yams. The most usual sweet potato is that with yellow-orange or cream/white flesh.
The sweetness of this potato comes from the beta-carotene. The body uses it to produce vitamin A, and that is the reason why it is referred to as Provitamin A.
If you have a chance to find purple-fleshed sweet potatoes, buy them because they are very rich in antioxidants, even more than the blueberries.
- Perfect for Diabetics – these sweet potatoes contain natural sugars, which help people with diabetes to lower and stabilize the insulin resistance and to regulate the sugar levels.
- Prevents Emphysema – smokers usually get emphysema (damaging of the air sacs) and they are deficient in Vitamin A. The carotenoids in the sweet potatoes are used by the body in the production of Vitamin A that helps in the regeneration of the respiratory system.
- Digestion – dietary fibers are essential for healthy digestive tract, and the sweet potatoes are rich in them. They relieve constipation and help in the fight against colon cancer.
- Immune System – the Vitamin D is very important for the right function of the thyroid gland, for the skin, teeth, heart, bones, nerves and energy levels, and the sweet potatoes are very rich in Vitamin D.
- Healthy Muscles and Tissues – the potassium can help athletes to reduce the swelling and cramps, it can relax the muscle contractions and provide them with energy. Also, it regulates the heartbeats and nerve signals.
- Healthy Heart – the heart function can be improved with the help of the potassium, and that negates the sodium impact and also balances the electrolytes and helps with blood pressure. The vitamin B6, which can be found in the sweet potato, can help to prevent heart attacks, strokes and degenerative diseases.
- Anti-Oxidant – the carotenoids like the beta-carotene helps with arthritis, gout and asthma, protects against lung and breast cancers, and reduce the aging effects.
- Anti-Stress – the potassium regulates the water balance of the body, normalizes the heartbeats and increases the oxygen flow, while the magnesium functions like anti-stress agent.
- Fetal Development – it is really important for the pregnant women to consume folic acid because of the healthy fetal tissue and cell development, so the sweet potatoes are a great source of folic acid.
- Vitamin C – sweet potatoes are very rich in Vitamin C, which is important for the functioning of the whole body.
- Youthful Skin – if you boil the sweet potatoes, then use the left water for the skin. It can cleanse the pores, sooth the irritated spots and absorb impurities. The Vitamin C helps in the collagen production, and the Vitamin E improves the skin complexion. Also, you can remove the puffiness of the eyes, wrinkles and dark circles with the help of anthocyanins.
- Anemia – because the sweet potatoes are rich in iron, they help in the fight against anemia because the iron is essential in the production of red and white blood cells.
- Quality Hair – sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, so it prevents problems like damaged hair and dandruff, and promotes hair growth.
- Premenstrual Symptoms or PMS – treat many premenstrual symptoms with the help of iron and manganese present in the sweet potatoes.
- Minerals – sweet potatoes are very rich source of important minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. They are important for the protein, carbohydrate and enzyme metabolism.
People with a history of oxalate urinary tract stones should consult a doctor or avoid sweet potatoes.