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Sweet Potato Health Benefits

The sweet potato is a well-known prostrate annual herb that is smooth and shiny. The boiled or roasted tuberous roots are eaten to take care of strangury and diarrhea, and as a laxative.

     

(Ipomoea batatas) The sweet potato is a well-known prostrate annual herb that is smooth and shiny. It belongs to the plant family Convolvulaceae. It is cultivated for its tubers that are red, white or yellow in color. The leaves are ovate-cordate and more or less lobed. When fully mature it puts forth many purple, funnel-shaped flowers arranged on long stalks. The seeds are smooth and shiny.

Parts Used: The leaves and the tuberous roots

       

Medicinal Use

  • Strangury or slow and painful discharge of urine caused by muscular spasms
  • Diarrhea
  • Works as a laxative
  • Whitlow, which is a painful abscess on the side of the nail at the end of a finger or a toe

How to Use

  • The boiled or roasted tuberous roots are eaten to take care of strangury and diarrhea, and as a laxative.
  • The leaves are ground with a pinch of salt and applied to whitlow.

Active Principles: Amylase, protease, invertase, catalase, laccase, arabinase, galactanase, catecholase, cytochrome c-oxidase, phosphorylase and phosphatases, hydrocyanic, oxalic and pytic acids, phytosterols, indole-3-acetic acid

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  1. Too bad I don’t like sweet potatoes.

  2. interesting stuff – i’ve been meaning to read more about these. I’ve always been taught they’re much better for us than white potatoes. In Chinese medicine they’re meant to be really good for the Spleen, for good digestive function.

  3. We eat sweet potato sticks raw. It’s the only way my kids will eat it, so I don’t bother cooking it anymore.It is probably better for us without the butter and cream anyway.

  4. Good information about sweet potatoes. We all need to increase our consumption of vegetables, particularly ones of color.

  5. I love sweet potatoes!

  6. Excellent. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Great post, i like it

  8. Wonderful news to sweet potato lovers like me.

  9. Thanks for sharing the goods of potatoes.

  10. Visaya man ako doy, so we simply love eating sweet potatoes. Really good interesting info here.

  11. yes, I heard that sweet potato is very good, a friend of mine take it as breakfast, but I\’m not used to eat it as breakfast.
    :P

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