Ah, the innocent, cheery sweet potato – a food very few of us give any thought to except during Thanksgiving or Christmas. Allow me to correct myself when I say ‘very few’ by saying that the most educated nutritionists, foodies, very vain women and ladies who want babies DO give a lot of thought to this sunny, orange root. But why you ask?
Here are 5 reasons:
• Contains unusually high levels of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is important as an antioxidant that helps neutralize the damaging effects of oxidation caused by free radicals. Oxidation caused by free radicals is believed to be a primary cause of age-related degeneration and disease.
• The mineral copper that is found in sweet potatoes facilitates collagen production. Therefore, you will have thicker, more elastic skin.
• Sweet potatoes provide vitamin C, copper, biotin, vitamin B2 and B6 and fiber – all nutrients that skin and overall immunity a boost.
• The root provides exceptional storage proteins, which exert major anti-oxidant as well as anti- aging benefits in our body. These proteins are powerful free radical destroyers that ward off impairment to the cells’ DNA and consequently, prevent various illnesses and also halt the process of aging.
• Fertility: One sweet potato has a massive amount of the recommended daily allowances of Vitamin A – an incredible 700%. Vitamin A helps improve cervical fluid and follicle development. Beta carotene is important for any woman trying to conceive, as it helps regulate your period. Hormone imbalances are often behind many fertility issues, but Vitamin B helps regulate hormones – and guess where you can find high doses of it? A strong immune system leads to a strong reproductive system. Seven ounces of sweet potatoes are filled with 65% of the daily allowance for Vitamin C. Not only are antioxidants great for your skin and cell health, they are also great for your uterus. Trying to conceive can be stressful, and potassium is great for balancing the nervous system and elevating your mood. Antioxidants help prevent inflammation, and reduce symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and endometriosis. Calcium is a vital nutrient in triggering growth in embryos, and iron helps improve egg health and promotes healthy ovulation. Sweet potatoes contain both calcium and iron.
Some great ways to eat sweet potatoes
• Cut into strips and sprinkle with different herbs and bake for some healthy ‘french fires’
• Bake a potato, slice it open and add coconut oil and cinnamon! Wow!!
• Add roasted sweet potatoes to lentils or currys
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