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Specific Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

  • Posted on November 1, 2015 at 12:39 am

Sweet potatoes are available all over the world, and if you only eat these delicious root vegetables when they’ve been baked until they are virtually unrecognizable, then you are missing out on one of nature’s greatest nutritional gifts. They are not only rich in a vast range of nutrients, but they are also one of the best natural ways to regulate your blood sugar levels, making them an exceptionally beneficial food for diabetics. It also helps that they are absolutely scrumptious, and their sweet flavor is completely unlike any other found in the vegetable world. Indeed, sweet potatoes are so versatile that they’re sure to liven up a whole range of dishes, even desserts!

 

 

 

Selecting and Storing Sweet Potatoes

 

There are different varieties of sweet potato, and many come in different colorings and hues. Here are some tips for selecting, storing and preparing the vegetable, so that you can benefit from as much goodness as possible.

 

  1. Choose the darker variety of sweet potato at the grocery store if possible, because they have the higher carotene content, essential for the production of vitamin A. Purple sweet potatoes, more commonly found in Asia, are also a great source of nutrients. Paler varieties are healthy, but don’t offer quite the same number of benefits as darker types, and many people often confuse them with yams.

 

  1. Avoid wrinkly, soft sweet potatoes and take time to select ones with good, firm flesh. If there are signs of green discoloring, then leave them alone.

 

  1. Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dark and well ventilated place. Do not leave them in plastic bags, or keep them in the fridge. Consume within 7-10 days of purchase.

 

  1. Prepare sweet potatoes in the same way you would prepare normal white potatoes. However, bear in mind that the skin contains a large percentage of the nutrients, so try to leave it on if possible. You can make fantastic sweet potato fries by leaving the skin on, and chopping the vegetable into strips.

 

  1. You can steam, bake, boil or roast sweet potatoes, and still benefit from plenty of nutrients. But as with any vegetable preparation, try not to over-cook them.

 

 

 

Specific Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

 

Although they are soft, creamy and sweet enough to be used in some desserts, sweet potatoes offer a surprisingly huge range of nutritional benefits, many of which have specific health benefits.

  1. Great for Blood Sugar Levels

Although they are sweet tasting, sweet potatoes are low on the glycemic index, which means they are a very good blood sugar regulator. Many starchy foods, including white potatoes, encourage blood sugar levels to spike and rise rapidly, but sweet potatoes release sugar into the bloodstream much more slowly. This makes them a great choice for diabetics, who can safely consume the carbohydrates without associated problems.

 

 

  1. Great Source of Vitamin A

 

Sweet potatoes contain a huge amount of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that gives certain vegetables their orange color. The body can turn carotenoids into vitamin A, which is linked to cancer prevention, the maintenance of good vision, and also provides a number of anti-ageing benefits. Indeed, one large sweet potato is capable of providing 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

 

 

  1. Great for Heart Health

 

The high levels of vitamin B6 and potassium found in sweet potatoes provide excellent benefits for your heart. B6 vitamins break down homocysteine, a substance which can harden blood vessels and block arteries. Potassium, meanwhile, helps balance fluid and blood pressure levels, while providing your body’s cells with electrolytes that help regulate your heart beat.

 

 

  1. Great for Skin Care

 

 

Sweet potatoes can work to improve the appearance of your skin from both inside and outside your body. The high levels of vitamin C and E contained within sweet potatoes helps boost the body’s defenses against the sun’s harmful UV rays and encourages the production of collagen, which keeps the skin strong and supple.

 

But it isn’t only consumption of sweet potatoes that can benefit your skin. If you boil them, don’t throw away the water afterwards. Take a cup and use your fingers to gently apply the water to your face. This can help clean your pores, remove impurities from the skin and even reduce dark circles around your eyes.

 

 

  1. Great for Digestion

 

Sweet potatoes are a great source of dietary fiber, while still being low in calorie content. Fiber promotes a healthy digestive tract, helping your body pass toxins and waste products out quickly and efficiently, while guarding against constipation and bloatedness.

 

 

  1. Great for Emphysema Prevention

 

Emphysema is a condition that gradually damages the air sacs in the lungs, leaving sufferers short of breath. It is often associated with smokers, or people exposed to smoking on a regular basis. Smoking reduces levels of vitamin A, which helps regenerate the cells in the lungs. The beta-carotene contained within sweet potatoes encourages the production of vitamin A and helps heal the respiratory system.

 

  1. Great Source of Vitamins and Minerals

 

Sweet potatoes contain a significant amount of vitamins C, E, B5, B6, riboflavin and copper. These nutrients offer a range of benefits for your immune system, red blood cell production, sleep patterns, mood, wound repair, disease prevention, muscle weakness and pain.

 

 

  1. Great for Stress Relief

 

Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of magnesium, often considered to be one of the best minerals for promoting relaxation, calmness and improved mood. As we already know, they are also rich in potassium, which helps regulate your heart beat when you are anxious or stressed.

Review Of Kyani Products

  • Posted on August 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Kyani Products

LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINE

I have a Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology and 6 years of research experience in Immunology where I worked on the effect of various chemicals on the production of Nitirc Oxide on T-cells and also researched the topic of Nitric Oxide and Diabetes. However, I didn’t really understand the symptoms of Diabetes until I got it myself.

It is important for people with Diabetes to stay informed and motivated about managing their Diabetes.  Yes, we go for our three month checkups with our Endocrinologist, but really they do not have the time nor understanding to listen to our challenges or our mindsets in controlling our sugar levels. Many doctors do not talk about any alternative medicine options because they are trained mainly in traditional allopathic medicine. Allopathic medicines are not totally free of ‘side effects’ except that their effects have been clinically observed in double blind studies and noted. So, as patients it becomes our own responsibility to do our own due diligence and find solutions to our own unique problems since every diabetic have their own varied issues. When we do, the doctor is simply happy to find that we have good control over our sugar levels and simply say, “I don’t know what it is you are doing, but whatever it is, continue whatever you are doing. J

Intake of allopathic medicines for one thing only treats the symptoms and also causes side effects, which takes its toll over a period of time. Diabetes is considered a silent killer and can lead to various complications leading to a very poor life style if not managed and controlled. It is a 24/7 job that requires a lot of discipline and forethought.

Some of the dreadful complications are loss of vision, kidney function or neuropathy and loss of limbs due to amputation because of poor circulation. Nitric Oxide, which is a free radical gas in the blood that is a powerful regulator of circulation (an important endogenous vasodilator) and neuro transmitter, helps in the  processing of nerve signals. L-arginine, one of 20 amino acids that make up proteins, is the only amino acid that generates significant amounts of NO. (Ref: http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/burkearchive/summary.pdf)

I have had Diabetes for 15 years. With Diabetes being a metabolic disorder, I realized the importance of food and exercise in the management of Diabetes. As a result, over the years in the past 15 years, I have been trying various supplements to compliment my treatment. Recently, I came across a suite of products sold by Kyani, which has been well researched and packaged, to give the benefit of a variety of over 20 super foods and trace minerals, Nitric Oxide and Omega 3. They have carefully selected the best of the best super foods providing a complete nutritional spectrum, combining it with other products like the NitroFX which is a proprietary blend of Noni concentrate, which has proven to increase the production of Nitric Oxide. It repairs, defends, and maintains every cell of the body. Nitro Xtreme which has a few additional ingredients such as CoQ10, Magnesium, Zinc, Chromium and Niacin gives increased energy, physical stamina and mental clarity.

Their 3rd product which is called Kyani Sunset contains lipid-soluble elements, that maximizes the bio-availability of these nutrients by increasing its absorption. It contains Omega 3s obtained from the wild Alaskan sockeye salmon which is the purest source in the world. It is a proprietary combination of Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Vitamin D and I love this product since I could see improved ‘cognitive’ functions – an important benefit for the aging population. It also encourages healthy skin and hair. One of the side effects of prolonged intake of insulin is hair loss or an indirect consequence of having Diabetes.

 

 

Diabetes not only is a ‘silent killer’ but also causes a lot of damage to other organs, if not controlled. The body is after all a vehicle of the soul! And just like we take all the precautionary measures to service the car to give us good mileage, it is equally important to give all the Nutrition and service our body needs daily to maintain healthy sugar levels so we get more mileage out of it. I am a firm believer in supplements in controlling my Diabetes and having experienced the benefits from a few samples I already tried, I highly recommend Kyani products because of the careful scientific studies done in preparing it.

 

Health Benefits of Ganoderma Lucidum

  • Posted on November 17, 2012 at 4:37 am

Benefits of Ganoderma

 

Everybody is health conscious these days and rightly so. Considering the health issues that are rampant these, days why not? Equally intriguing is the fact that there are so many health products out there, it is not funny. For many of those conditions the health products work on the body thru different pathways. So the best thing to do is pick a health product according to your need and inclination and experience the benefit yourself.

I chose Coffee because I did not have to change my habit of drinking coffee and did not have to acquire any new taste to incorporate the health benefit. How ingenious that Bernie Chua, CEO of Organo Gold, thought of infusing the 4000 year old

Ganoderma Lucidum

beneficial herb Ganoderma Lucidum into the most popular beverage next to water! And of course, you need water to make the coffee. Ganoderma also neutralizes the negative effects of Caffeine.

Some of the benefits of Ganoderma are that it helps in losing weight and oxygenates the body. It also helps in controlling Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol.

It is also a natural body detoxifier, supports blood circulation, increases energy and gives strength. Overall, it promotes health by strengthening the immune system and enhances longevity.