Sweet potatoes can be found year round at local farmers markets. They are packed full of nutrients and a wonderful substitution for your normal carbohydrates and rice.
Why Sweet Potatoes?
Immunity Boost: Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant, which is known to be an immune booster.
Inflammation Prevention: The anti-inflammatory properties in sweet potatoes are due to the presence of beta-carotene, magnesium and vitamin C. During situations of inflammation, magnesium levels are depleted, which is detrimental to the healing processes of the body.
Asthma Prevention: Sweet potatoes are known for their help in relieving asthma by simply curing congestion of the nose, bronchi and lungs.
Bronchitis: Vitamin C in sweet potatoes is effective in curing bronchitis. The nutrients are known for increasing the temperature of the body, which is effective in the curing of bronchitis and congestion.
Arthritis Management: Magnesium, beta-carotene, zinc, and vitamin B in sweet potatoes are all nutrients that help cure arthritis. When boiling sweet potatoes, the water can be reused topically for arthritic joints.
Digestive Health: The fiber content of sweet potatoes is higher than that of common potatoes and it tastes good too. When these two factors are combined with other minerals like magnesium present in sweet potatoes, it makes an excellent facilitator for digestion. Sweet potatoes are easy to digest too, since they mainly contain starch. They are soothing for the stomach and intestines too.
Water retention: The high amounts of water in sweet potatoes help regulate the body’s balance of water due to the help in retaining water.
Diabetes– Sweet potatoes are effective in regulating blood sugar by helping the function of insulin. Diabetes should still not eat them in excess; only as a substitute for rice or carbohydrates.
Cancer Prevention: The all-amazing beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogen, and high amounts of vitamin C in sweet potatoes are beneficial in helping cure many different types of cancers.
Weight Gain: Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of energy and bulk building. They contain high amounts of starch and are easily digested
Ulcers: Vitamins B and C, beta-carotene, potassium, and calcium all have a soothing effect on the stomach. The roughage prevents constipation and acid. The anti-inflammatory properties from the beta-carotene, magnesium, and vitamin C, help in preventing stomach ulcer inflammation.