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9 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

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9 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Not only are sweet potatoes readily available, inexpensive, and delicious, there are many other reasons to love these yummy vegetables.† Here are 9:

1.† They are high in vitamin B6.† Vitamin B6 helps reduce the chemical homocysteine in our bodies.† Homocysteine has been linked with degenerative diseases, including the prevention of heart attacks.

2. They are a good source of vitamin C.† While most people know that vitamin C is important to help ward off cold and flu viruses, few people are aware that this crucial vitamin plays an important role in bone and tooth formation, digestion, and blood cell formation. It helps accelerate wound healing, produces collagen which helps maintain skinís youthful elasticity, and is essen≠tial to helping us cope with stress. It even appears to help protect our body against toxins that may be linked to cancer.

3.† They contain Vitamin D which is critical for immune system and overall health at this time of year.† Both a vitamin and a hormone, vitamin D is primarily made in our bodies as a result of getting adequate sunlight. You may have heard about seasonal affective disorder (or SAD, as it is also called), which is linked to inadequate sunlight and therefore a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D plays an important role in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland.

4.† 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 im≠mune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things.

5.† Sweet potatoes are a good source of mag≠nesium, 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 popula≠tion in North America may be deficient in this important mineral.

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2:05PM PDT on May 23, 2014

Sweet potatoes are good for smokers because they are loaded with vitamin A that is good for lungs health. A medium sweet potato has more than 400% of recommended daily consumption of vitamin A. To read more about sweet potato, here an Arabic article about health benefits of sweet potatoes:

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4:37AM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

only had my first one today and love it.

6:09PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

Sweet potatoes are wonderful-- Thanks, Michelle, I really like when you let us know the many ways a food is good for us.

8:14AM PST on Feb 1, 2014

I'm guessing the article should read "sweet Potatoes" - not sweet potato leaves. But thanks for the article!

1:50PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

Sweet potatoes are delicious.Thanks for sharing

2:10PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

I also add cinnamon and some butter to sweet baked potatoes. Love them about any way they are cooked.

12:13PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

I love sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have some great nutritional values. Thanks for this wonderful insight.

12:23AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

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11:42AM PDT on May 1, 2013

This is a great site. Another way to consume sweet potatoes is juicing them through an extractor. Come check out my site at

10:00AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Sweet potatoes are not too popular in Malta and they're not that cheap either. Still, if all these benefits really arise from eating sweet potatoes, then they're good value for money.

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