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Benefits of Sweet Potatoes And Its Side Effects

Sweet potatoes help us to lose weight, treat respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis and also fight arthritis and stomach ulcers. Consumption of this vegetable helps to maintain a healthy blood pressure and even prevents the onset of various forms of cancer. This vegetable is high in fiber content and thus prevents constipation. In addition to all these functions, sweet potatoes also improves body immunity, helps in digestion and also control diabetes.

Table of Content

Sweet Potatoes
Nutritional Value of Sweet Potatoes
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Good for diabetic patients
Helps prevent cancer
Promotes fertility in women
Reduces inflammation
Helps to improve digestion
Reduces stress
Strengthens body immunity
Helps to gain weight
Helps treat bronchitis
Helps treat stomach ulcers
Uses of Sweet Potatoes
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sweet Potatoes
Cultivation of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes which are often wrongly referred to as yam belong to the Convolvulaceae or morning glory plant family. Sweet potatoes have more natural sugar and lesser calories than regular potatoes. Sweet potatoes are basically tuberous crops and the colour of the tuber varies from purple or red to pale yellow and white. The plant is a perennial vine and it bears heart-shaped or palmately lobed leaves. They have a number of health benefits and are consumed widely.

Nutritional Value of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato has high content of water and almost no fats. It is high in carbohydrates and also contains substantial quantities of proteins. Sweet potatoes have many nutritional benefits and this can be attributed mainly to the presence of rich quantities of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and potassium. Small amounts of minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc and vitamins like Vitamin E, folate, thiamin and riboflavin are also present. The orange shade of this vegetable can be attributed to the the presence of an important anti-oxidant called beta-carotene.

Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Good for diabetic patients

Sweet potatoes are low on the glycemic index and consuming it may help to regulate the secretion and functioning of insulin. Sweet potatoes have high content of fiber which helps to blood glucose levels in people suffering from Type 1 diabetes. The same fiber content also help to improve levels of blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.

Helps prevent cancer

Purple coloured sweet potatoes are more effective than orange ones in limiting growth of cancer cells. The beta-carotene in orange sweet potatoes help to prevent or reduce the risks of breast cancer in premenopausal women and ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women. The presence of Vitamin C in this vegetable also helps to prevent or delay various types of cancer like those of colon, kidneys, prostate, intestines and other internal organs.

Promotes fertility in women

Iron, when consumed from plant sources, helps to increase fertility in women of childbearing age. The beta-carotenes in sweet potatoes, which are converted to Vitamin A inside the body, help in production of hormones during pregnancy and lactation.

Reduces inflammation

Sweet potatoes contain a very important nutrient called choline that is beneficial to us in a number of ways. It is instrumental in regulating bodily functions such as sleeping, muscle movements, learning and memory. Choline also helps to reduce chronic inflammation. Vitamin C, beta-carotene and magnesium in sweet potatoes help to treat both internal and external inflammation.

Helps to improve digestion

Sweet potatoes are rich in digestive fiber and also contain minerals like magnesium which help to improve digestion. Due to the presence of starch, sweet potatoes are very easy to digest and it reduces chances of developing constipation and other digestive problems.

Reduces stress

Sweet potatoes contain magnesium, a mineral that helps to reduce stress. In addition to maintaining health of your arteries, heart, blood and bones, magnesium also helps to promote relaxation, calmness and also elevates your mood.

Strengthens body immunity

It is of utmost importance to build a formidable immune system so that harmful microbes and other foreign particles do not cause any serious damage. Incorporating sweet potatoes in your diet will help to boost your immunity system due to the presence powerful anti-oxidants like beta-carotene, vitamins like Vitamin C and B complex and minerals like iron and phosphorus.

Helps to gain weight

People who want to gain weight can include sweet potatoes in their diet. This is because this vegetable is rich in starch content and also contains many important minerals, vitamins and proteins. These nutrients are very easy to digest and help to add mass to your body.

Helps treat bronchitis

Sweet potatoes have certain nutrients that help to warm up the body. This helps to treat bronchitis and other related complications like congestion. This positive effect can be attributed to the concentration of Vitamin C, iron and nutrients.

Helps treat stomach ulcers

Sweet potatoes contain B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C, calcium, potassium and beta-carotene which help to effectively treat stomach ulcers. Sweet potatoes contain high content of dietary fiber which adds bulk to the stool and facilitates its easy expulsion. This helps to prevent gas formation, constipation and thereby reduces the chances of acid formation and development of ulcers.

Uses of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be used to enhance skin health and also to prevent hair fall. Baked sweet potatoes are a delicacy when served with butter, salt and pepper. Sweet potato chip and fries are also tasty snacks. Sweet potatoes can also be used to help people quit addictions like smoking, drinking and other addictions.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Sweet Potatoes

People with heart disease and on beta-blockers medication should avoid consuming this vegetable. This is due to the fact that beta-blockers cause potassium levels to increase and further consumption of potassium-rich sweet potatoes may create complications. Again, sweet potatoes should be avoided by people with kidney problems as it is necessary to remove excess potassium from the blood which, otherwise, can prove fatal. Excess consumption of sweet potatoes can make your skin and nails to appear a little orange.

Cultivation of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato is one of the oldest vegetables ever known to mankind. It is believed that this vegetable was cultivated in Central America thousands of years ago. Christopher Columbus took this vegetable to Europe after his first voyage to the Americas in 1492. It was introduced to China in the late 16th century and it spread to Asia, Africa and Latin America during 17th and 18th centuries.

The sweet potato is actually a warm season crop and it grows well in tropical areas. The plant grows best in loamy and well-drained soil that is not too rich. They are very sensitive to cold weather and require a soil pH range of 5.8- 6.2. Historically the sweet potato has been a poor soil crop and it tended to produce a decent harvest in imperfect soil. However, if you add some fertilizers 2 weeks after planting, the plant will do much better.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi. I have been doing workout from past 1 n half year. I consume egg whites, sweet potatoes, dates, milk, banana, sweet corn, etc as my diet. I don't take any supplements or any proteins. I don't see much growth in my body muscles. In terms of workout, I do almost regularly and with intensity. Could you please let me know where I am lagging in terms of protein natutat foods.

Diploma in Diabetology, Pregnancy & Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Prevention in Diabetes ,Thyroid
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
You must take protein suppliments. Then do heavy exercises. Brisk walking. Slowly you will regain body.
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Which fruits to be eaten during pregnancy? Please give the list of same as well as what type of foods?

BASM, MD, MS (Counseling & Psychotherapy), MSc - Psychology, Certificate in Clinical psychology of children and Young People, Certificate in Psychological First Aid, Certificate in Positive Psychology
Psychologist, Palakkad
Dear user. Here are some highly nutritious foods to eat when you're pregnant. Dairy Products. During pregnancy, you need to consume extra protein and calcium to meet the needs of the growing fetus Legumes Sweet Potatoes. Salmon. Eggs. Broccoli and Dark, Leafy Greens. Lean Meat. Fish Liver Oil.

I am a diabetic since 3 months, sugar level is on higher side .now since I am on medication sugar level is controlled around 116-120 on average of last 16 random check I did. Also I have problem of less sperm motility as well ,suggest me foods that can improve my sperm quality and motility and same time is not bad for my sugar level. please suggest fruits like sweet potatoes, watermelon, avocado, sesame seeds (sesame seeds oil), and strawberries I may take or not? please guide.

MD - Internal Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi
Since you are worried about sperm I think you need to find cause for low motility. Get yourself checked by someone having experience in male infertility or urologist. Control your sugar and don't smoke. Rule out local cause by check. All fruits you have asked can be taken but not more than 200-250 grams. Seasame seeds in small amount can be taken. Sweet potato can be taken occasionally as it is rich in fibre so good for diabetes but take only one small helping.
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Please tell me shall I use vitamins like A, C,E, B for glowing skin instead of using products like creams etc. Plzzz advise And also plzz say how to use them & maximum period to use .that means either 15 days or up to the results which I can see And also please say procedure to fallow to use that capsules & also procedure while using them please.

BAMS, MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Dear Lybrate User , Its good to know that you do not wish to use artificial creams / products for glowing skin . Definitely taking multivitamin supplement helps in skin glowing and for other health benefit but i would suggest you go for natural source of vitamin like seasonal fruits - citrus group mainly , dry fruit intake - to incur micro element deficiency etc. Sources - 1. Vitamin A- Sweet Potatoes ( Highest concentration ) 2. Vitamin B6 - Cheek peas ( Kabuli Chana ) 3. Vitamin B12 - Breakfast cereals 4. Vit C- Citrus group , kiwi , broccoli , sprouts. 5. Calcium - Dairy products 6. Vit E- Sunflower oil . Above is just basic you can find suitable food sources of your choice, if you still wish to take supplement go with natural supplement , i will suggest you best Ayurveda supplement. For any further clinical assistant kindly revert back to me. Thanking You.

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5 Foods That Improve Your Eyesight!

MBBS, MD - Ophthalmology, Vitreoretina and Uvea
Ophthalmologist, Gurgaon
5 Foods That Improve Your Eyesight!

It is true that the foods you eat cannot get back your eyesight. It is also true that the foods that you eat can never increase your vision powers. Then you might ask why go through all the trouble of writing articles which state the foods that are beneficial for vision.

A well-made point! But the real truth is while the foods cannot affect the performance of your vision; there are many foods that are needed to maintain a healthy vision. These foods are beneficial and are necessary to preserve the line of sight and are also valuable in sustaining them further damage. Let us give them a thought in detail

Vitamins A, C, and E form the main components when it comes to vision. Always choose a food that has ample doses of these substances and makes it a regular habit. Some of the foods that are high in them are:

  1. Bell Peppers: Not many people know that the brightly coloured bell peppers are a nutritional powerhouse that could help reduce the risk of poor vision. They have ample quantities of Vitamin A and C and in addition to that bell peppers are fat-free, low-calorie, and contain fiber. Give them a shot and see the benefits in the long run.
  2. Carrots: There cannot be an article written about eye sight without the mention of carrots. They have rich traces of Vitamin A and they help to reduce the impact of both cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Try having them in its raw format rather than a cooked format to get hold of all the vitamins.
  3. Greens (Spinach, Kale, Leafy Vegetables): There is an age-old saying that the colour green is good for the eyes. This holds true even in the case of green vegetables. Green vegetables like spinach and kale are rich sources of vitamin C and are loaded with antioxidants. They also protect your eyes from UV rays and the direct damage to your eyes from the sun’s rays. Use it as per your imagination and you can have them in salads, soups or as a dip.
  4. Blueberries: Blueberries are also packed with antioxidants and they are beneficial for the overall health and wellness of your eyes health and wellness. They are also high in the soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol. You can simply wash them and pop those in your mouth or you can add it as a delicacy to your cereal and porridge.
  5. Sweet Potatoes: Just like carrots, sweet potatoes too have high carotene levels and they are effective in reducing the stress of your eyes. They also soothe your eyes to a great extent and can be beneficial in maintaining the robustness of your eyes. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ophthalmologist.
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Foods That Increase Low Platelet Count!

MBBS, D.P.H
General Physician, Gurgaon
Foods That Increase Low Platelet Count!

1. Anar (Pomegranate): It is rich in iron and also contains vitamins. This fruit help to combat increasing platelet reduction with regular consumption & vitamins keep your energy levels steady.

2. Milk : It it has high calcium which helps to regenerate the platelet. Calcium content with vitamin K and milk protein “Fibrinogen” increases the Platelet count and improves the blood;s ability to form the clot. Calcium Deficiency can lead to your body much longer time in forming clot .

3. Folate Rich Food : Folate or B9 is essential for healthy cell division in the body. Sever deficiency of   folate in body can result reduction in Blood Platelet. Daily intake of Folate is 400 mg is required. When platelet count is low it’s consumption increases the platelet count. Food rich in Folate are Asparagus, Orange juice,Spinach and fortified cereals.

4. Lean Proteins: Lean proteins food are excellent source of Zinc and Vitamin 12 which are essential to reverse the effects of thombocytopenia. In case of reduced platelet count take food like soyabean, spinach (Palak), blackbeans, cow’s milk, white of egg, Oatmeal, Fish and white meat chicken.

5. Papaya: Extract of leaf of papaya is excellent for overall blood production and increases the platelet count (Prepare extract of leaves by boiling leaves in medium heat for 15 minutes with water and wait till the water simms down to half ). Take leaf extract 2tsf twice daily.

6. Cod Liver Oil and Flax Seed Oil: These oils strengthen the Immune system many autoimmune disorders are cause of thrombocytopenia or low platelet count. These oils reduce the inflammation of in the body and improve the blood circulation throughout the body.

7. Vitamin A Rich Food: Vitamin A is essential for healthy platelet production, it also plays role in formation of Protein in body which helps in the process of cell division and growth. Carrot, Pumpkin, Kale and Sweet Potatoes (Sakarkandi).

8. Chlorophyll from Wheat grass: Wheat grass juice contains 70% of chlorophyll (The Plant Haemoglobin) have strong effect in overall blood production and increases the platelet count. Take ½ cup per day.

9. Vitamin K Rich Food: Vitamin K keeps cell growth at optimum level in the body. Life of platelets is only 10 days which is to be compensated continually to maintain te lost amount in the body, hence high calorie food for ideal production of blood platelets and vitamin K is one of the ingredient available in Eggs, Green leafy vegetables, Kale, Frozen Spinach, Mustard Greens Broccoli & Liver.

10. Macrobiotic Diet: To combat Thrombocytopenia in patients an vital anti inflammatory diet is recommended by Platelet Disorder Association which help in optimum blood production e.g. Whole grains, vegetables and organic beans is recommended while animal protein is to be avoided except Fish Yogurt & cheese.

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Platelet and Nutrition

MBBS, D.P.H
General Physician, Gurgaon
Platelet and Nutrition

Platelet and Nutrition

  • Platelet are the thinest cells in the blood stream.

  • I t look like plates in their non-active state but in active state the tentacles that seems to the shape of spider or an octopus. Like other blood cells it is also made in blood marrow.

  • Role of platelet is to protect the body against excessive loss of blood, during injury, in the presence of wound or injury these cells migrate to site and bind the damaged blood vessels and forms the clot

  • In human body normally the platelet count range is 1,50000 - 4,50000 / microlitter

  • When the count is above the 4,50000 / microliter it is called thrombocythemia or thrombocythemia. The term thrombocythemia is used when the cause of higher platelet count is not known i.e. Primary or essential thrombocythemia. this condition occurs when the faulty cells in the bone marrow make too many platelets. While the higher platelet count due to any disease it is called secondary or reactive Thrombocytosis which more common than the thrombocythemia.

  • When the count is below 1,50000/microlitter the condition is called thrombocythemia. Low platelet count may result bleeding from nose, gums, under the skin (Purpura) in the forearm and pinpoint bleeds (Petechiae) on the legs. In womens long and heavy periods. Treatment should be initiated before the bleeding occurs because some time a huge drop of platelet count is sudden which may result uncontrolled bleeding resulting life threatening condition i.e Shock or Organ failure.

  • Treatment for Low Platelet: When the platelet count comes down comes down 10,000-20,000 then transfusion of Platelets is required or some sort of bleeding present in nose, gum & skin is present. Otherwise take Natural food which increases the low platelet count.

     

10 Foods That Increase Low Platelet Count:

1. Anar (Pomegranate): It is rich in iron and also contains vitamins. This fruit help to combact increasing platelet reduction with regular consumption & vitamins keep your energy levels steady.

2. Milk : It it has high calcium which helps to regenerate the platelet. Calcium content with vitamin K and milk protein “Fibrinogen” increases the Platelet count and improves the blood;s ability to form the clot. Calcium Deficiency can lead to your body much longer time in forming clot .

3. Folate Rich Food : Folate or B9 is essential for healthy cell division in the body. Sever deficiency of folate in body can result reduction in Blood Platelet. Daily intake of Folate is 400mg is required. When platelet count is low it’s consumption increases the platelet count. Food rich in Folate are Asparagus, Orange juice,Spinach and fortified cereals.

4. Lean Proteins: Lean proteins food are excellent source of Zinc and Vitamin 12 which are essential to reverse the effects of thrombocytopenia. In case of reduced platelet count take food like soyabean, spinach (Palak), blackbeans, cow’s milk, white of egg, Oatmeal, Fish and white meat chicken.

5. Papaya: Extract of leaf of papaya is excellent for overall blood production and increases the platelet count (Prepare extract of leaves by boiling leaves in medium heat for 15 minutes with water and wait till the water simms down to half ). Take leaf extract 2tsf twice daily.

6. Cod Liver Oil and Flax Seed Oil: These oils strengthen the Immune system many autoimmune disorders are cause of thrombocytopenia or low platelet count. These oils reduce the inflammation of in the body and improve the blood circulation throughout the body.

7. Vitamin A Rich Food: Vitamin A is essential for healthy platelet production, it also plays role in formation of Protein in body which helps in the process of cell division and growth. Carrot, Pumpkin, Kale and Sweet Potatoes (Sakarkandi).

8. Chlorophyll from Wheat grass: Wheat grass juice contains 70% of chlorophyll (The Plant Haemoglobin) have strong effect in overall blood production and increases the platelet count. Take ½ cup per day.

9. Vitamin K Rich Food: Vitamin K keeps cell growth at optimum level in the body. Life of platelets is only 10 days which is to be compensated continually to maintain te lost amount in the body, hence high calorie food for ideal production of blood platelets and vitamin K is one of the ingredient available in Eggs, Green leafy vegetables, Kale, Frozen Spinach, Mustard Greens Broccoli & Liver.

10. Macrobiotic Diet: To combat Thrombocytopenia in patients an vital anti inflammatory diet is recommended by Platelet Disorder Association which help in optimum blood production e.g. Whole grains, vegetables and organic beans is recommended while animal protein is to be avoided except Fish Yogurt & cheese.

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7 Top food items Reveals the Secret of Healthy Hair

Dermatologist
Dermatologist, Delhi
7 Top food items Reveals the Secret of Healthy Hair

Like everything else in your body, your hair needs food too. And you are much mistaken if you think that the only food for your #hair is #oil. The food you eat everyday has a lot of effect on the #health of your #hair too like every other part of your body. There are food items that can destroy the #health of your #hair, like too much #spicy or #oily #food, and then there are items of food that would make your #hair #shine with #health. Taking such food items regularly, while also maintaining good #hair care regimen would surely attract envious glances to your #crowning #glory from everyone.

Important Ingredients that make the hair healthy are:

1.#Vitamin

2.#Protein

3.#Omega-3 #fatty #acids

4.#Zinc

5.#Iron

6.#Vitamin E

If you are wondering which food items contains these important ingredients, given below is a list of

#7 #Top #Food Items that Reveals the #Secret of #Healthy #Hair:

1)#Salmon – This cold water delicious fish is the food item hair experts swear by. Rich in #Omega-3 #fatty #acids, salmon would keep your #scalp #healthy, thus leading to #shiny and strong #hair #shafts.
2)#Eggs – A source of #Protein, #Zinc and #Iron, eggs are the simplest food item you can think of to keep your #hair #healthy. Regardless of how you take your eggs, it would always lead to keeping your #hair #healthy.
3)#Walnuts – This is one more food item that is rich in #Omega-3 #fatty #acids along with a generous amount of #biotin, another ingredient for #healthy #hair growth and #Vitamin-E.
4)#Sweet #Potatoes – Suffering from #Dandruff that causes #hair #fall? 
Take sweet potatoes regularly and it would keep your #scalp free of the  #itchy, #flaky #dandruff. This in turn would lead to a #healthy #hair #growth.
5)#Oysters – #Oysters are not only rich in #Protein but also #Zinc, an ingredient that is absolutely essential for #hair #growth. Lack of #zinc can lead to #hair #fall and hence taking #oysters  can help in preventing #hair #fall.
6)#Lentils – #Lentils in your regular #diet can aid in #healthy #hair #growth since #lentils too are extremely rich in #Protein, #Zinc and #Biotin.
7)#Green #Vegetables – #Green #Vegetables like #Spinach and Broccoli contains #Vitamin C and #Vitamin A that helps in the production of #Sebum. #Sebum keeps the #scalp and the #hair #conditioned. Hence make sure you include #spinach or #broccoli into your #diet   

Enjoy your Life with a #Healthy #Hair!

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Want to Improve Your Hair Growth? 7 Foods You Must Eat

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Surat
Want to Improve Your Hair Growth? 7 Foods You Must Eat

Do you often see clumps of hair in your palms when you are washing your hair? Hair loss is a common problem; one of the major causes of hair loss is dietary deficiencies. The hair requires certain minerals and Vitamins to allow it to grow and remain healthy. Thus, your food intake plays an important role in the health of the hair.

Some of these foods are:

  1. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A which is a must for a healthy scalp. Try to get at least two servings of this sweet variant of the humble potato every day to meet the daily requirements of Vitamin A.
  2. Avocados: Avocados are rich in fatty acids which are present in the skin cells; these fatty acids present in them help make your hair healthy and supple. They are also good for your skin as they stimulate collagen production.
  3. Carrot: Carrot is rich in beta carotenes that prevent hair fall. Carrots also stimulate the growth of hair and improve blood circulation in the scalp. It also helps in protecting hair from pollutants such as dust.
  4. Pumpkin Seeds: Zinc is a mineral that your body requires to prevent dryness of the scalp, thus allowing your hair to be healthy. You can sprinkle pumpkin seeds on your salads and have them regularly to meet daily zinc requirements of your body.
  5. Strawberries: Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C that helps in fortifying your hair and preventing hair breakage. Vitamin C also helps in calming the immune system, thus reducing the likelihood of acne.
  6. Almonds: Almonds consist of Vitamin E that helps in protecting your hair and skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Almonds also help in repairing hair damage that results from chemically treated hair.
  7. Beans: Iron is a mineral, the deficiency of which causes hair thinning. Women become prone to iron deficiency towards the end of their menstrual cycles. Beans are rich in iron that promotes healthy hair growth and also contains antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.
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Table of Content

Sweet Potatoes
Nutritional Value of Sweet Potatoes
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Good for diabetic patients
Helps prevent cancer
Promotes fertility in women
Reduces inflammation
Helps to improve digestion
Reduces stress
Strengthens body immunity
Helps to gain weight
Helps treat bronchitis
Helps treat stomach ulcers
Uses of Sweet Potatoes
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sweet Potatoes
Cultivation of Sweet Potatoes