Potato and Onion are two vegetables Indians need in their kitchen throughout the year to have a comfortable feel that some veggie is available to cook. West Bengal is a state in India where even non-vegetarian dishes are prepared with potatoes. Even Punjab is another state which highly relies on Aloo (potato) dishes. In simple Potato is the universal vegetable of India. But this post is definitely not on potato but its cousin called ‘Sweet-Potato’. Though Sweet Potato is not as popular as an ordinary potato for preparing daily dishes, its rich nutritional value and versatility allow us to prepare delicious and healthier recipes. Here is a wide array of health benefits Sweet-Potato can shower us with:
- Warrior against Cancerous Cells
Vitamin A is available in abundance in Sweet Potato Tubers. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that eliminates harmful free radicals that generates cancer cells by neutralizing them.
- Caretaker for Eyes
Again it is Vitamin A that helps us to fight against Retina Degeneration ailment called ‘macular degeneration’. Sweet potato is often recommended to fight vision loss problems in its early stages. You will be surprised to know that 400 percent of Vitamin A requirement of an average human being is provided by these tubers.
- Rich in Manganese content
Manganese is quite often not given the same importance as other vitamins and minerals are given. But Sweet-Potatoes which are rich in manganese content is useful to cure anemia and pre-menstrual syndrome. The antioxidants produced by manganese are beneficial to rejuvenate cells and avoids premature death of body cells. Also, sweet potatoes are known to regulate blood sugar level and appetite. The fiber-rich tuber is also known to ease us from constipation problems.
- Acts as Energy Powerhouse
The sweet potato contains a unique kind of dietary fiber that has the ability to burn slowly and steadily. Thus it gives us the energy to work for marathon hours at office or home. Often people recognize sweet potatoes as slightly ‘saccharine tubers’ meaning – sugary tuber with rich carbohydrates.
- Rich Cosmetic Value
Vitamin C and vitamin E are known for skin nourishment. Sweet potatoes possess a significant proportion of these vitamins, thus people with cosmetic consciousness should make it a part of their diet. It is proven that these tubers enrich skin glow and gives us beautiful and younger look. Vitamin C also helps in building immunity against cold and flu.
- Works as Heart Doctor
Artery walls get hardened due to the accumulation of a substance called homocysteine. Thankfully Sweet-Potatoes are rich in Vitamin B6 which has the ability to break down the hard particles accumulated through homocysteine deposits. So, we can surely treat Sweet-Potato as our Heart’s Doctor.
- Acts as Anti-inflammatory agent
Choline present in sweet potatoes is known to assist in minimizing chronic inflammation of cells. It also regulates the transmission of nerve impulse, cures sleep disorders, provides flexible muscles and also improves memory capabilities.
- Diabetes Envy & Human’s Friend
Glycemic index scale is used as a parameter to measure the effect of carbohydrates in regulating the blood sugar level of an individual. Sweet-Potatoes are known to have low glycemic index scale which is a direct indication of how diabetic patients can consume it to keep their blood sugar level in check. Though Sweet-potatoes are sweetish they release sugar to blood in a slow pace.
- Blood Pressure Regulator
We often hear from elders that excessive salt (rich in Sodium) intake leads to Blood Pressure. This is scientifically true, but in addition, proper dosage of potassium is necessary for regulating BP. To our surprise, one medium sized sweet-potato tuber provides 542mg of potassium and as per doctors, an adult needs 4700 mg of potassium intake in a day. Isn’t it beneficial to add sweet-potato to our daily diet?
- Fertility Enhancer
It is proven scientifically that intake of iron from plant sources enhances fertility rate amongst women. Sweet-Potato is rich in beta-carotene that helps in hormone synthesis during pregnancy and lactation.
- Improves Bone and Nerves Strength
The body obtains a sufficient amount of Vitamin D from sunlight which nourishes healthy bones and nerves. But sweet-potato is rich in Vitamin D which is a boon for many suffering from its deficiency.
Most importantly they are versatile we can use them by roasted, steamed, baked, or grilled. Let us enjoy this nature given tuber and improve our health.