Sweet potato is one the most nutritious foods when it comes to health and beauty benefits. Sweet potatoes contain Omega 3, fatty acids magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc and vitamins A, B, C, K and E. Sweet potato is considered as an excellent source of natural, health-promoting compounds known as beta-carotene and anthocyanin. Beta-carotene is known to reduce the risk of several chronic diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts. Anthocyanin fights pigmentation and provides anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin. Vitamins A, B, and C have antioxidant properties that help in fighting against damage caused by free radicals.
Health Benefits Of Sweet Potato
1. Boosts Immune System
Sweet potatoes contain amounts of Vitamin C, which is helpful in keeping your skin healthy. But Vitamin C does much more than just give us beautiful skin! Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and can be helpful in boosting the body’s immune system.
A simple cold can become a serious problem for you. But with a stronger immune system, your body can fight off many common illnesses easily.
2. Good Source Of Iron
Many young people, specially lady’s suffer from anemia as their diet lacks sufficient amount of iron. Sweet potato contains iron and can help prevent anemia while boosting the production of white blood cells. It also builds the body’s resistance power, reduces stress and enhances the immune system.
3. High On Calorie
Unlike us adults, young babies need to gain weight at a rapid pace. And sweet potato can help here too! A 100-gram serving of sweet potato gives about 90 calories, making it one of the best foods for your baby.
4. Provides Vitamin D
More and more people today are being diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency. It is a problem with babies too. This can be taken care of by feeding your baby sweet potatoes! It contains Vitamin D, which not only boosts your baby’s energy, but also helps build stronger bones and a healthy heart.
5. Promotes Metabolism
Manganese found in sweet potato helps in promoting metabolism and maintaining healthy blood sugar balance. It also helps suppress your appetite to prevent you from overeating, thus helping in losing weight. It also helps in treating anemia and severe premenstrual symptoms.
6. Highly Nutritious
Sweet potatoes contain many vitamins and minerals including: vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber, potassium and iron.
7.Great Source Of Potassium
Potassium is a very important vitamin because it not only aids in relaxing muscle contractions and helps prevent muscle cramps, but it also reduces swelling and help protects and regulate the activities of your kidneys. One medium sized Sweet Potato contains about 10% of your daily requirement of Potassium.
8.Good Source Of Magnesium
Also known as the stress relief and relaxation mineral. Magnesium is a must for healthy arteries, blood, bone, muscle and nerve functions.
9. Natural Inflammatory
Antioxidants, which also serve as natural inflammatories are abundant in Sweet Potatoes. They also contain a large amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are also known to be natural inflammatories.
10. Low Glycemic Index
The slow release of sugars helps the body maintain a healthy and balanced source of energy without blood sugar spikes that cause fatigue and weight gain.
You can basically cook them anyway you want! Roasted, baked, steamed, grill or even throw them in a soup or stew and you will have one delicious side!
Health Benefits Of Sweet Potato For Skin
1. Improves Skin Texture
After boiling a sweet potato, do not throw away the water. It is packed with nutrients that can help in improving your skin texture and clear your complexion. After boiling sweet potatoes, strain the water. Store this water in a bottle and keep it in the refrigerator to cool down. Use this sweet potato water as a toner for the skin. This natural toner will help to absorb impurities, deep cleansing your pores and soothing irritated skin.
2. Treats Oily Skin
Boil sweet potatoes. Let them cool and then mash them. Add a tablespoon of honey and spread this over your face. Let it stay for 20-30 minutes and wash off. You can also add 2-3 teaspoon lemon juice to it in case you have oily skin.
3. Cures Dry & Cracked Heels
In case you have dry feet and cracked heels, instead of cooling the water in which the sweet potatoes were boiled completely, let it remain a little warm and soak your feet in it. It will help in getting rid of painful cracked heels.
4. Heals Dark Eye Circles & Eye Puffiness
The next time you decide to eat this tasty vegetable, just take two slices and place them on your eyes. As mentioned before, anthocyanin helps in reducing pigmentation and has anti-inflammatory properties that will help in getting rid of dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness of eyes.
5. Prevents Premature Aging
To rejuvenate your dry skin, take one big sweet potato and boil it until it is soft enough that the skin can be pulled off easily. Take 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon of milk, and 1 tablespoon of ginger juice extracted by grating the ginger root and then sieve the juice out using a muslin cloth. Blend all the ingredients until you have a smooth paste. Apply the mask to your cleansed face and neck. Let it sit for 20-25 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. This mask will leave your skin fresh, hydrated and prevent premature aging. You can easily refrigerate the remaining unused face mask in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
6. Moisturizes The Skin
To make a mild scrub that doesn’t dry out your skin, take half a cup of boiled sweet potato cubes, 1 tablespoon oats, and 1 tablespoon yogurt and blend them to form a thick, coarse paste. Use this to scrub your skin in slow circular motions and wash it off with lukewarm water followed by moisturizing your skin with your favorite moisturizer.
7. Maintains Elasticity Of Skin
Sweet potato is a very rich source of vitamin C, which is known to produce collagen. Collagen helps in maintaining the elasticity of the skin and makes it look youthful.
Sweet potato consists of beta-carotene or vitamin A, which is an important antioxidant and is known to prevent different types of cancer. It repairs cell damage caused by excessive UV exposure and provides an internal layer of protection to the skin from harmful UV rays of the sun.
9. Anti-stress Agent
Sweet potato contains a good amount of minerals such as magnesium and iron. Magnesium is believed to help in relaxation and acts as a stress buster for the skin.
10. Beauty Food
Sweet potato, apart from vitamins A & C, also contains vitamin E, which is known to be beneficial for the health of the skin. It improves the complexion, thus providing flawless skin. These vitamins (A, C & E) comprised together are known to be ‘beauty food’ for the skin.
Benefits Of Sweet Potato For Hair
1. Hair Growth
The presence of vitamin A or beta-carotene in sweet potato makes it an ideal food for hair growth. Its deficiency may lead to hair problems like dull, damaged and lifeless hair. It can further lead to dandruff.
2. Offers Natural Shine To Hair
Sweet potato mask along with other ingredients like honey, yogurt, and olive oil works wonders for dull and rough hair, making them hydrated and imparting a natural shine.
3. Treats Hair Dryness
Sweet potato works really well for your hair as well. With the abundance of different nutrients, the nourishment it provides to thirsty strands is almost unmatched. Take one big sweet potato, 1 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon of olive or almond oil. Blend all the ingredients until the mixture is smooth, apply it and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. For those who have very dry hair, you can also add 2-3 tablespoon of coconut cream with the rest of the ingredients.
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