Health benefits of sweet potato

Three sweet potatoes

The sweet potato is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens.

Sweet potato is readily available, inexpensive and surpasses natures all other sources of beta-carotene. Of course everyone loves it. It is starchy and slightly sweet in taste but you can add spices to it and enjoy a tangy version in no time.

Prevents Heart Disorders

High amount of vitamin B6 in sweet potato helps your body reduce the levels of homocysteine, a chemical that that is naturally produced in our bodies that increases the risk of digestive problems and some types of heart diseases.

Wards off Cold and Flu

It is a great source of vitamin C which not only averts cold and flu, but aids in tooth and bone formation, blood cell formation, and collagen production. This collagen maintains your skin’s elasticity and youth. It also helps you handle stress, as well as protects your body against cancer-causing toxins.

Increases Immunity

Sweet potato contains iron which maintains energy levels in the body, in turn enhancing the immunity. Besides this, sweet potato also improves the production of white and red blood cells and prevents stress.

Fights Cancer

Vitamin A, or Beta Carotene as it is also known, is a highly important antioxidant. Vitamin A is said to be most beneficial for fighting off cancers of all types and is the most potent antioxidant known to man. With the anti-cancer benefits, vitamin A also helps protect your skin from UV damage caused by the sun, by repairing damaged cells and protecting new cells from damage.

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