In this article, we’re going to help smokers and ex-smokers with something that can improve their overall health and protect their lungs. It’s sweet potato!
This amazing vegetable can help you against numerous illnesses and diseases. It can even help you against various kinds of cancer.
Ipomoea batatas or sweet potatoes have been present for many centuries. The most common varieties are orange and purple even though there are more than 8,000 varieties. There are even purple and white! You can eat all of the plant, even though people only eat the tuber.
Eat more sweet potato… leaves!
This plant contains plenty of beta-carotene. It is later converted into vitamin A in our body which is an extremely important vitamin. Other carotenoids can also help people who have had emphysema and many other lung problems.
According to a study from Taiwan, people who ate more sweet potato leaves had 43 to 65% of decreased risk of developing lung cancer than the people who didn’t eat them.
People who also took more beta-carotene, vitamin A and alpha-carotene also had a decreased risk of lung cancer. The strongest effect was shown by garland chrysanthemum and sweet potato leaves.
Not just for your lungs
Sweet potato offers numerous other benefits like inhibit leukemia or reduce breast cancer, as well as gallbladder and liver cancer.
According to another study, taro root, potatoes and sweet potatoes couldn’t decrease the risk of kidney disease but they could decrease the death rates from this hideous disease significantly.
These effects are caused by dicaffeoylquinic acid, polyphenols caffeic acid and tricaffeoylquinic acid.
Sweet potatoes also contain plenty of vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, magnesium, fiber, potassium, riboflavin, iron, manganese and calcium. They are amazing for diabetics because of their complex sugars. They also contain plenty of vitamin D which is very important for our immune system.
Sweet potatoes are excellent for our heart because of the vitamin B6, fiber and potassium. They can also prevent degenerative diseases and help us prevent strokes.
Another important compound they contain is beta-carotene which is important to help us prevent hair damage as well as grow healthy hair.
Don’t throw away the water in which you boil sweet potatoes! Use it to soothe irritations, remove toxins and cleanse your pores!