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Sweet Potato Health Benefits

Sweet potatoes are native to Central and South America and are one of the oldest vegetables known to man. Sweet potatoes are a good source of mag­nesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral.

Magnesium is necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function, yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the popula­tion in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.Sweet potatoes contain iron.

 

Most people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning,and the metabolizing of protein, among other things.

 

Beta-carotene or vitamin A is an important antioxidant. One medium sweet potato provides your body with the complete recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and then some.

 

Vitamin A is useful in the prevention of several different types of cancer as it is one of the most potent antioxidants out there.

 

Beta-carotene also helps to internally protect your skin from sun damage by both deflecting and repairing cell damage caused by excessive UV exposure.

 

It also is an excellent nutrient for eye health and has been linked to prevention of vision loss and macular degeneration.

 

One cup of sweet potatoes supplies 950 milligrams of potassium, and a cup of yams contain 911 milligrams, which is about 20 percent of the 4,700 milligrams you should get each day.

 

Potassium keeps your heart beating normally and helps your muscles work right. A serving of sweet potatoes supplies 1,922 micrograms of vitamin A, a nutrient that keeps your eyes, skin, teeth and bones healthy.

 

Its calorie content mainly comes from starch, a complex carbohydrate. Sweet potato has higher amylose to the amylopectin ratio than potato.

 

Amylose raises the blood sugar levels slowly on comparison to simple sugars and therefore, recommended as a healthy food supplement even in diabetes.

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