The potato is a root vegetable native to the Americas, a starchytuber of the plant Solanum tuberosum, and the plant itself is a perennial in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. The potato was originally believed to have been domesticated by indigenous peoples of the Americas independently in multiple locations, but later genetic testing of the wide variety of cultivars and wild species traced a single origin for potatoes. In the area of present-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia, from a species in the Solanum brevicaule complex, potatoes were domesticated approximately 7,000–10,000 years ago. In the Andes region of South America, where the species is indigenous, some close relatives of the potato are cultivated.
The importance of the potato as a food source and culinary ingredient varies by region and is still changing. It remains an essential crop in Europe, especially Northern and Eastern Europe, where per capita production is still the highest in the world, while the most rapid expansion in production over the past few decades has occurred in southern and eastern Asia, with China and India leading the world in overall production as of 2018.
It is an all-season vegetable with so much more to offer. Here are some of the health benefits of sweet potato leaves:
sweet potato leaves are desired for its anti-diabetes properties and for diet therapy. Several studies have already proven that this plant has anti-diabetic compounds that lower blood glucose content. This is advantageous to know considering that the Philippines was reported to be a diabetes hotspot now with 6 million Filipinos having diabetes in the country today.
2. Helps in Heart Health
Sweet potato leaves have lots of Vitamin K which helps in de-calcifying arteries of hard and harmful plaque deposits, a major cause of heart attacks. Vitamin K in sweet potato leaves also helps reduce inflammation of the cells lining the blood vessels along your veins and arteries. Including sweet potato leaves in your daily diet helps you maintain a healthy blood pressure and reduces the risk of having heart attacks.
3. Anti-mutagenic and Antioxidant
Now, this is the most interesting quality of sweet potato leaves: they have antioxidants and antimutagenic compounds or substances that reduce the rate of mutation of cancer cells. In fact, a study of the effects of 82 kinds of vegetables and plant compounds on the mutation and replication of cancer cells indicated that sweet potato leaves are the one with the highest cancer checking rate.
The vitamin K component of sweet potato leaves facilitates the blood clotting abilities of our blood. Sweet potato leaves are known to have this particular quality, assisting the body to help recover fast from cuts, bruises, and blood clotting problems.
5. Enhances Eye Health
Sweet potato leaves are proven to be high in lutein and zeaxanthin (xanthophylls) which is supposed to contribute to the prevention of cataracts and Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Lutein is also an antioxidant which means it prevents oxidative damage to eye lens muscles that contribute to cataracts due to old age.
An extract from the lyophilized sweet potato leaf powder from a variety of sweet potato provided antibacterial properties. Moreover, the water extracted from the sweet potato leaves inhibited the further growth of food poisoning bacteria such as the pathogenic E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus cereus.
7. Helps in Bone Health
The Vitamin K in sweet potato helps in maintaining the calcium in our bones, thus reducing the risks of developing osteoporosis (bone loss) and lowers the incidence of bone fractures in post-menopausal women.
From the above listed health benefits, Clearly shows that Potatoes comes with health benefits that when considerably taken with help boost our health conditions.
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