Next time you are craving potatoes, grab for sweet potatoes instead. Sweet potatoes are a FABULOUS source of beta carotene, and have shown up in some studies to raise our blood levels of Vitamin A. To get the full benefit of the goodness of sweet potatoes it is recommend to add a tiny bit of good quality cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. I added a teaspoon of cold pressed coconut oil to this smoothie to get the benefits.
Just 1 cup of sweet potato is FULL of Vitamin C which helps with bone, tooth formation, skin health, digestion, blood cell formation, and detoxification. Vitamin D plays an important role in in our energy levels, moods, and helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and it supports the thyroid gland. Sweet potato is also high in B6, which has been linked to the prevention of heart attacks.
Sweet potatoes are also a great source of iron which helps with red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper immune functioning, and the metabolizing of proteins. They contain magnesium which combats stress and helps you relax, and helps with healthy arteries, blood, bones, heart, muscles, and nerve function. Sweet potatoes also contain significant amounts of manganese, copper, and fibre.
Sweet potatoes are also absolutely LOADED with antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory properties, and blood-sugar regulating nutrients.
Best of all, sweet potatoes are readily available, inexpensive, and absolutely delicious!