Smokers and Ex-Smokers: Fight Emphysema, Lung Cancer Growth with This Vegetable

Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) have been consumed for thousands of years. But, you may not know that they’re abundant in numerous powerful medicinal properties. There are about 8,000 varieties of sweet potatoes, ranging in color from white to purple. One of the most surprising benefits is that they’re a powerful natural boost for the lungs. The yellow and orange varieties are the types that can be most useful for lung health. Their leaves, roots, and vines are also edible and possess strong cancer-fighting properties.

Sweet potatoes are abundant in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A when it gets inside the body. This vitamin is very important for the body because it improves the health of the eyes, bones, and immune system. Vitamin A and other carotenoids also help us regenerate damaged lungs, especially in people who suffer from emphysema.

A study conducted by researchers from Taiwan and published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 claimed that people who regularly eat sweet potato leaves are between 43 to 65% less likely to develop lung cancer when they’re compared to those who rarely or don’t ever eat them. According to this study, those who have a higher intake of vitamin A, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene are at significantly lower risk of developing lung cancer. Besides the leaves of sweet potato, garland chrysanthemum also has strong healing effects.

Some other studies suggest that extracts of sweet potato may reduce the growth of breast cancer tumor and inhibit leukemia cell growth. According to a recent study, the antioxidant anthocyanin, which can be mostly found in sweet potatoes and in red, blue and purple fruits and vegetables, possesses the ability to reduce the liver cancer tumor growth in mice.

Carotenoids are not only responsible for all these benefits since sweet potatoes are also full of antioxidant polyphenols caffeic acid, dicaffeoylquinic acid, tricaffeoylquinic acid, which may also have cancer-fighting effects.

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, riboflavin, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, and iron. Their complex sugars are what makes these sweet potatoes a perfect food for diabetics and everyone who has problems with blood sugar levels. Their high amount of fiber improves digestion and may even prevent colon cancer. The high amount of potassium and vitamin B6 make sweet potatoes an important food for heart health. Vitamin B6 also helps prevent strokes.

Sweet potatoes possess a huge amount of beta-carotene which as we all know promotes healthy hair growth and prevents hair damage.

Even the water in which you boil the sweet potatoes can have amazing effect on you! You can use it to cleanse the pores, remove toxins and soothe irritated skin!