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6 Top Benefits of Consuming Sweet Potatoes.

These are super-foods that most of us ignore and shun away from them, yet they are very healthy for our bodies. Sweet potatoes are readily available in our local stores where we can easily grab them for they are affordable. Sweet potatoes are packed with lots of benefits that are useful to our bodies.

1. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A

Vitamin A plays an important role in our health as it supports the function of our organ systems that help in preventing any development of a serious medical problem in your body. Vitamin A exists in form of a carotenoid compound known as beta-carotene. The body converts this compound into vitamin A.

by Catherine Mwinza
by Catherine Mwinza

The body requires vitamin A to help in the growth and repair of bones, regulate cellular reproduction and differentiation, promote synthesis of red and white blood cells. Vitamin A is important for eye health for it is a component of the protein rhodopsin.

This protein (Rhodopsin) enables the receptors in the retina to absorb light. Lack of Vitamin A in your diet may cause you to develop skin problems and night blindness, cancer and even age-related macular degeneration. Sweet potatoes will give you this important vitamin if you eat them.

2. Sweet potatoes are a great form of dietary fiber

Sweet potatoes contain good amounts of fiber.100 grams of sweet potatoes contain about 3 grams of fiber. By eating sweet potatoes, it's a natural way of getting fiber which our body needs daily. The skin of sweet potatoes is rich in fiber and it is important to eat it to get the maximum fiber in a sweet potato.

3. Sweet Potatoes are a good source of Potassium

Sweet Potatoes are a great source of potassium which helps in regulating heartbeat and nerve signals as well. Potassium performs many important functions in the body like relaxing muscle contractions, it helps in reducing swelling and protecting the activity of the kidney.

4. Sweet Potatoes aid in reliving Constipation

Consuming sweet potatoes regularly is a natural way of getting rid of constipation. The fiber contained in sweet Potato skin is healthy and will help you have a good bowel movement. This super-food is loaded with lots of benefits that we can get localy into with ease.

by Catherine Mwinza
by Catherine Mwinza

5. Excellent way to gain weight.

These tubers contain great amounts of complex starch, minerals, and proteins. Sweet potatoes are easy to digest therefore providing lots of energy. Many people who are on a journey to gain more weight should look into incorporating these tubers in their diets. These tubers have no side effects no matter how much you consume, and so having them in your plate will do you good in this journey of gaining weight.

6. Relieve for inflammation.

These tubers are a great way of relieving inflammation in your body. This is made possible due to beta-carotene found in sweet potatoes, magnesium and vitamin C too. These anti-inflammatory properties in sweet potatoes are excellent in relieving and treating inflammation in your body.

This article was originally published on @mwende