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Pure Motivation » General Discussion » Health and Wellness/ الصحة و اللياقة » Health benefits of sweet potato.

Health benefits of sweet potato.

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1 Health benefits of sweet potato. on Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:30 am

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Health benefits of sweet potato!
Superior fiber content
Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber as other types of
potatoes. Contributing close to 7 grams of fiber per serving, they make
an excellent starchy addition to any meal. T
he
high fiber content gives them a "slow burning" quality. This basically
means their caloric energy is used more slowly and efficiently than a
low-fiber carbohydrate.

Heart-healthy
They contain a large
amount of vitamin B6. This vitamin is crucial in breaking down a
substance called homocysteine, which contributes to hardening of the
arteries and blood vessels. Vitamin B6 helps keep the walls of these
important blood passageways flexible and healthy which allows blood to
flow freely.

In addition, sweet potatoes contain high amounts
of potassium. Potassium plays an important role in lowering blood
pressure by ridding the body of excess sodium and regulating fluid
balance. It is also an important electrolyte that helps regulate the
natural rhythm of the heart, and maintains normal function of the brain
and central nervous system.

Rich in beta-carotene

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.

A great source of manganese
Manganese
is a little-discussed trace mineral that has some great health
benefits. It is a pivotal component in the metabolism of carbohydrates
which helps support healthy blood sugar levels. This can help stabilize
the appetite for hours as opposed to the temporary satisfaction that
comes with most other carbohydrates.

It also is a cofactor in
enzymes that play an important role in the generation of energy as well
as the efficient utilization of antioxidants. It is used for the
treatment of anemia and is useful as a treatment for several
premenstrual symptoms in women as well.

Rich in vitamins C and E
As if being one of the top vegetable sources of beta-carotene weren't
enough, sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins C and E. These are
potent antioxidant vitamins that play an important role in disease
prevention and longevity.

Both vitamins also play a huge role
in the health and beauty of your skin and hair, making them popular
supplements. The combination of beta-carotene, vitamin E and vitamin C
in one food makes the sweet potato one heck of a "beauty food". These
nutrients all contribute to a healthy, glowing complexion and vibrant
hair.





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