Do you know the health benefits of eating sweet potatoes?

Natural, tasty, and full of vitamins and minerals, it’s no wonder that sweet potato has been considered an omnipresent dish on our tables. For so many years, it’s known as the oldest vegetable cultivated by man.

It’s not only a food that warms up the soul in holidays but also a nutritiously gift from mother nature.

 

The Sweet Potatoes Benefits List

1. Helps with digestion, low cholesterol, and healthy weight loss.

Research by the Cleveland Clinic shows that sweet potatoes are a fat-free, protein filled, and dietary fiber food by excellence. So, fiber is a main component in maintaining a healthy tract, preventing constipation and regulating digestion. In fact, one medium-sized sweet potato has approximately 4 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein, and sporamins being the main one.

It has been proved that the protein found in the sweet potato water can be the new miracle drink for weight loss, as it puts a leach on appetite and regulates metabolism. Hence, it has the amazing power of cleansing those blood vessels of cholesterol and triglycerides and pumping out more of the metabolic hormones leptin and adiponectin.

2. An anti-inflammatory powerhouse.

Anthocyanin, an antioxidant found in abundance in purple sweet potatoes has great anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies have shown that the consumption of sweet potatoes reduced inflammation drastically in the brain and nerve tissue in the body. Intake of sweet potatoes extracts lessened the effects of many health problems such as multiple sclerosis.

Sweet potato is also a great agent in mitigating inflammation related to serious health issues like Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis, stomach ulcers and cancer.

3. Improve cognitive function

A daily serving of sweet potatoes can help you stay alert, at full speed and ready to take on the next challenge whether physically or mentally.

This virtuous veggie has the reputation of improving cognitive function and literally help fight off brain cells degeneration. That being said, sweet potato consumption has the power to undo some types of brain dysfunction. It also helps with learning and memory among other things.

 

4. Energy booster

Contrary to mainstream beliefs, sweet potato is a superfood for the superheroes. It’s considered as an unmatched source of energy.

 

An average sweet potato is packed with slow-burning fiber. It has a low amount of cholesterol and contains virtually no fat. This miraculous root vegetable is loaded with provitamin A (carotene), vitamin C, B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6) and potassium along with many other minerals, which makes it the king of energy foods.

5. Reduces blood pressure

Research made by The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggests that the high concentration of potassium in an average sweet potato can lower blood pressure and cut down the risk of a stroke by up to 24%.

A small baked sweet potato contains twice the amount of potassium as a banana, which makes it the go-to food for athletes and people suffering from hypertension.

This magical electrolyte found in good amount in those root vegetables is a major factor in regulating the heart beats. It maintains a good functioning of the brain and central nervous system alike.In fact, this backs off the research made by the Medical News Daily that suggests that a diet high in potassium can decrease the risk of dying by a whole 20%!

6. Good for your heart and arteries

This phenomenal gift of nature comes in handy in heart matters as well.

Dietary slow burning fibers present in sweet potatoes is said to cut down the risks of developing certain heart conditions and cardiovascular diseases. Substantial research and studies made during the recent years note that a high fiber diet shields us against various conditions such as heart disease, diverticulosis, diabetes, constipation and different kinds of cancers among others.

Equally important, vitamin B6 present in high dosage in sweet potatoes is a crucial factor in helping us build new red blood cells and lower our risk for heart problems by reducing the chemical homocysteine in our organism. Homocysteine being associated with degenerative illnesses like heart attacks, Vitamin B6 contributes in maintaining healthy arteries and blood vessels to assure blood flowing in a healthy freeway.

 

 

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7. Helps with sleep, stress and promotes relaxation

Apart from being a great source of vitamins and antioxidants, sweet potatoes are loaded with different beneficial minerals such as magnesium and iron. In fact, Magnesium is well known for its relaxation effect; it’s the « chill pill » for stress-free and good mood seekers. Moreover, Sweet potatoes contain choline as well, which is a key agent in muscle relaxation, fatigue, and sleep problems.

8. Immunity booster

The antioxidant properties of sweet potatoes can help fight off illnesses.Actually, the high concentration of vitamin C and beta carotene in this tuber helps build a stronger immune system. So, one sweet potato provides you with half of your daily needs of vitamin C. Add to that, Vitamins A and E are also huge promoters of a healthy immune system.

9. A powerful anti-cancer food

Beta-Carotene, a nutrient present excessively in sweet potatoes is a potent agent that hinders cancer cells growth and helps in preventing from this malicious disease. That’s why incorporating high beta-carotene foods in our diet may reduce oxidative damage. Thus the risk of developing some kind of cancers such as stomach, kidney, in prostate and breast cancers.

 

Studies have shown that this orange tuber high in carotenoids contains powerful antioxidants useful in neutralizing free radicals, a substance responsible for increasing the risk of cancer.

Sweet potato being the potent anti-cancer food that is, helps drastically in reducing the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in postmenopausal and premenopausal women. It’s also known for playing an effective role in protecting against prostate cancer, according to the Harvard School of Public Health and the Journal Carcinogenesis study published in 2013.

10. Delays aging, heals dark circles and promotes glowy skin and healthy hair

Have you ever wondered why most of your skin care ointments have Vitamin A, C, and Retinol in them? Obviously, those components play a major role in fighting off aging and skin degeneration. As a matter of fact, these veggies happen to be a major source of those components as one medium-sized potato accounts for a 100% of our daily requirements of vitamin A and 47% of the daily recommended vitamin C.

This nutriously versatile tuber can actually delay aging, protect your skin and give the shine and power back to your hair! Too good to be true? Not at all!

In fact, Beta-carotene by converting vitamin A in the body helps repair the damage caused by UV lights and offers protection of the skin from the sun. It also enhances the production of new skin cells for a glowing, moisturized and wrinkles-free complexion. In addition, Vitamin A has its virtue on hair as well as it treats hair loss and dryness and strengthens those strands.

So for your new face cream or hair mask, opt for a home-made natural sweet potato-based remedy, it is totally worth it!

 

11. Loads and loads of vitamin D.

Both a vitamin and a hormone, Vitamin D are a major player in calcium absorption; it helps build up healthy bones and teeth and support the thyroid gland as well as boosting our mood and energy levels. Deficiency in this vitamin could cause you mood swings and gloominess, whereas, healthy intake of this vitamin will promote your immune system, boost your general health and protect you from mental disorders like dementia.

I think I made my point here! So next time on your trip to the grocery store, make sure to fill up on those yummy creamy orange fleshed babies!

 

REF:

Benefits of Sweet Potatoes for your Skin, Body, and Overall Health

 

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WHAT ARE THE MAJOR BENEFITS OF COLOSTRUM TO A NEW BORN BABY?

Colostrum is the baby’s first breast milk. It is very important to begin to breastfeed the first hour after delivery. In the first half hour of birth, the babies sucking reflex is strong and the baby is more alert therefore, it is an ideal time to breastfeed. It is important to establish a good breastfeeding pattern within the first few days, which is crucial to begin your breastfeeding journey.

Colostrum (known colloquially as beestings, bisnings or first milk) is the first form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals (including many humans) immediately following delivery of the newborn. Most species will generate colostrum just prior to giving birth. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease. In general, protein concentration in colostrum is substantially higher than in milk. Fat concentration is substantially higher in colostrum than in milk in some species.
Colostrum protects the baby against diseases. It is lower in fat and higher in proteins. It is the perfect food for the new baby’s digestive system. It also has a laxative effect, helping your baby pass its first stool called meconium. Colostrum also helps clear excess bilirubin, which can help with jaundice.

 

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Colostrum has many immune factors, natural antibodies, providing strong support for the immune system. Additionally, colostrum fights viruses, bacterias, yeasts, fungus, allergens and toxins. Colostrum provides the baby’s body with numerous immune and growth factors.

Colostrum also has vitamins and minerals. They include:
Vitamin B6,
Vitamin B12,
Vitamin E,
Vitamin C,
Thiamin (Vitamin B1),
Folic Acid,
Pantothenic Acid,
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2),
Beta-carotene,
Glycoconjugates,
Glycogen and Retinoic Acid.
The minerals included in Colostrum are:
Calcium,
Chromium,
Iron,
Magnesium,
Phosphorus,
Potassium,
Sodium and
Zinc.
Colostrum also contains growth factors.

 

 

 

They are :
Growth hormone (GH),
Insulin type growth factor (IGF-1),
Insulin type growth factor (IGF-2),
Transforming growth factor (TGF-alpha),
Transforming growth factor (TGF-beta) and
secretory IgA.

Secretory IgA which protects the baby from viruses and bacteria is also found in Colostrum. It also protects against E. Coli and other allergies. Other immunoglobulins include IgG, IgD, igE and IgM which also protect against bacterial and viral infections. Lysozyme is an enzyme that protects the infant against E Coli and Salmonella. It promotes the growth of healthy intestinal flora and has antinflammatory functions. Bifidus factor supports the growth of Lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is a beneficial bacteria that protects the baby against harmful bacteria by creating an acidic environment where it cannot survive.

 

 
Other Health Related Components of Colostrum are:
Lacto peroxidase-thiocyanate: anti-microbial, Lactoferrin: regulates iron adsorption 20 times more concentrated in colostrum than milk. It is highly antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant.

 

 

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Health Benefits of Colostrum for your Newborn.

1. Easy to Digest.
2. 2. Boosts the Immunity of the Child.
3. 3. Promotes Healthy Growth and Development.
4. 4. Facilitates First Bowel Movement.
5. 5. Promotes Sound, Sleep.
6. 6. Prevents Stomach Infections.
7. 7. Complete Nutrition.
8. 9. Natural Vaccine.
9. 10. Effective source of Energy.
10. 11. Effective Brain Growth.

In conclusion, breast milk contains fats that are good for the brain development so starting to breastfeed right away in the hospital gets your child off to a great start in life. Therefore, Colostrum is a great start for your baby’s health.

Ref:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colostrum

https://parentinghealthybabies.com/health-benefits-colostrum-newborn/

 

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