Sweet potatoes come in several different colours, i.e. orange, purple, yellow, and white and in various sizes and shapes too. This is a dicotyledonous plant from the morning glory family Convolvulaceae. It is abundant in carotenes and they are much more abundant in vitamin A than white potatoes! Amazing, right? Let’s learn more about their healing properties…
Nutritive Value of Sweet Potatoes
- Vitamins B2, B6, C, and E
- Pantothenic acid
- Low on sugar
The Healing Properties of Sweet Potatoes
- Lower inflammation
Sweet potatoes are abundant in antioxidants which are great in fighting off inflammation which is very common in diseases like arthritis, gout, and asthma.
- Reduce pain
The beta-carotene present in sweet potatoes provides anti-inflammatory power so they can be of great, natural aid for reducing pain instead of over-the-counter meds.
- Regulate the blood sugar levels
Sweet potatoes are known to keep the blood sugar and insulin levels under control and to lower the insulin resistance, which is great for diabetics.
- Soothe the digestive tract
The fiber in sweet potatoes is known to speed up the metabolism, improve the digestion, regulate the bowel movements, and avert colon cancer.
- Beneficial for the fetus
The folate from sweet potatoes helps in the building of strong fetal cells and tissues.
- Strengthens the immunity
Eating sweet potatoes on a regular basis is known to build a stronger immune system and to prevent viruses and infections.
- Minimize the chance for strokes and heart problems
The potassium present in sweet potatoes is a mineral that has the power to lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks by balancing the electrolytes and fluids in the body and by improving the heart function and blood pressure levels.
- Reduce stress
Excessive stress can have a negative impact on your potassium levels and this is why you should eat more sweet potatoes. They will improve your heartbeat and supply you with more potassium. Also, they will encourage oxygen flow to the brain.
- Avert muscle cramps
When the body does not have enough potassium, you are more exposed to muscle cramps and potential injuries, especially if you work out on a regular basis. Make sure you eat sweet potatoes regularly to increase the energy levels and decrease the chance for cramps.
- Opt for darker varieties because they are more abundant in beta-carotene
- They should be firm and smooth; avoid the pieces with green bits due to toxicity
- Store them in an open, dark, and cool area; avoid plastic bags or the fridge
- Make sure you use them within 10 days
- They can be prepared in the same ways you prepare white potatoes; since the peel is also highly nutritious, do not peel it off; remove the dirt with a veggie brush