The sweet potato, if it isn’t already, should be immediately incorporated into your diet. This unassuming little root tuber is packed with tons of beneficial vitamins and nutrients.

It’s the best source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid and a type of Vitamin A. Most carotenoid forms of vitamin A are antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Beta-carotene can also be most easily converted into a retinoid form, also a type of vitamin A. They function in pregnancy, childbirth, growth and development, night vision, red blood cell production, and immune response.

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Carotenoid pigments are responsible for the orange flesh of the sweet potato. These pigments are part of the Vitamin A group. (Ipomoea sp.) Source

Some other great stuff in sweet potatoes and what they do for you:

  • Vitamin C: antioxidant, skin health, neurotransmitter production.
  • Manganese: bone production, skin health, blood sugar control.
  • Copper: antioxidant, bone and tissue health, prevents anemia, cellular energy production.
  • Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5): cellular energy production, fat storage.
  • Vitamin B6: hemoglobin production, carbohydrate metabolism, synthesis of key neurotransmitters (GABA, dopamine, & serotonin), toxin removal.

 
Sources:

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