Sweet potato is delicious to eat, but did you know it also makes a wonderful juice?
Sweet potatoes are an oustanding source of Beta-Carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. They are also a good source of Vitamin C, Copper, Manganese, Vitamins B5 and B6.
One cup of sweet potato contains more Potassium than a banana. Additionally, niacin, Vitamins B1 and B2 and phosphorus are all found in sweet potatoes.
With so many vitamins, minerals and health benefits, it’s surprising sweet potatoes aren’t more widely promoted.
Health Benefits of Raw Sweet Potato Juice
Blood Sugar Regulation
Perhaps many people don’t eat sweet potato because they believe they are a starchy vegetable high in carbohydrates? Whilst sweet potatoes do contain carbohydrates, they are much lower on the glycemic index than a white potato.
Research has shown sweet potato consumption increases blood levels of the protein hormone adiponectin. Adiponectin is important in modifying the body’s metabolism of insulin.
In short, persons with insulin resistance or poorly regulated insulin metabolism generally have lower levels of adiponectin.
Drinking sweet potato juice may help to increase the levels of adiponectin and promote healthy insulin metabolism.
Vitamin A & Cancer Fighting Properties
One sweet potato gives you more than 400 percent of your daily dose of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the major vitamin hormones of the skin.
In a study by The Saarland University Hospital, Department of Dermatology (Germany), it was shown Vitamin A is necessary for growth and maintenance of skin tissues and for reproduction. This study also discussed the benefits of Vitamin A as a treatment for acne.
Vitamin A and its natural metabolites have been approved for the topical and systemic treatment of mild to moderate and severe, recalcitrant acne, photoaging and biologic skin aging, acute promyelocytic leukaemia and Kaposi’s sarcoma.Reichrath (et al) Vitamins as Hormones, 2007
Retinoic acid (RA), a derivitive of Vitamin A was also shown to have anti-tumor properties. It also boosts the immune system and can assist in wound healing.
Adrenal Gland Protection
Pantothenic Acid, otherwise known as Vitamin B5 supports and protects the adrenal glands. This can assist with stress and anxiety reduction, and also help to promote hair growth.
Sweet Potatoes Contain Iron
Sweet potatoes contain iron, an important element for the body.
Iron is beneficial to fight fatigue, treat iron deficiency anemia, boost your body’s immune system and assist with preventing hair loss.
An article by UK NHS reveals that the absence of iron in the body may lead to iron deficiency anaemia which may be manifested by hair loss. Another study reveals that one cup of sweet potatoes can supply 14% of the recommended daily intake of iron.
Is Sweet Potato Juice Good For You?
According to Immunologist Tim Kramer of the US Department of Agriculture, sweet potatoes are good sources of carotenoids which fortify the immune system.
Also, sweet potatoes are rich in antioxidants that guard your body against unrestricted radical damages, chronic disease, encourage the growth of good gut bacteria, contribute to a healthy gut and, shield against some types of cancer.
Sweet potato is not toxic when raw, like white potatoes are. Raw white potatoes contain the enzymes solanine and chaconine, which can be harmful to human health.
Benefits of Sweet Potato for Hair
The nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes are not limited to weight loss and immune boosting.
Like the benefits of sweet potatoes for skin, sweet potato is also beneficial for your scalp and hair.
Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene which gets converted to vitamin A. Vitamin A produces sebum to nourish the scalp and protect it from excessive dryness.
Moreover, it is advisable for persons suffering from baldness or hair loss to drink sweet potato juice because the iron content in sweet potatoes helps to prevent loss of hair. Sweet potato juicing can help you get all these nutrients in a few cups.
Hair loss may also be a symptom of an ageing process caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs as a result of an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body which can damage body cells including the hair follicle stem cells.
Sweet potato juicing is a natural way to consume all the nutritional benefits that sweet potato offers.
The consumption of potato juice is not the only way to improve hair growth and prevent hair loss. Raw potato juice can be used as a hair mask or a hair rinse. Using the juice directly on the scalp can:
- maintain the proper ph level of the scalp
- keep the scalp clean and healthy
- prevent dandruff and fungal properties
Benefits of Sweet Potato for Acne
Do you know that the vitamins in sweet potato can help to fight acne?
Vitamin C are active fighters of acne. They produce collagen, a protein which is necessary for the body to maintain a glowing acne-free skin.
Most anti-acne topical creams you buy contain retinol. Vitamin A, when absorbed by the body, is converted to Retinoic Acid (RA).
Retinoic acid helps to fight acne and prevent other ageing symptoms like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and dull or sagging skin.
Sweet Potato Nutrition Facts
These are some of the nutritional facts and nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes.
According to the Food Data Central. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 100g of sweet potato contains:
Are Sweet Potatoes Actual Potatoes?
Sweet potatoes are not like white potatoes. Shocked? It is true: sweet potato and white potato are not related.
Unlike white potatoes, sweet potatoes are tubers and are considered to be root vegetables. They are different in both appearance and taste.
Sweet Potatoes originate from separate plant relations, offer different nutritional benefits, and have less impact on your blood sugar than white potatoes.
How Do You Make Sweet Potato Juice?
Sweet potato juicing is a simple process. It takes just a few minutes and steps.
If using a masticating juicer you will need to cut your sweet potato into smaller pieces.
Should I Peel Sweet Potato Before Juicing?
It is not necessary to peel sweet potato before juicing. It is necessary however, to ensure that you wash your sweet potatoes well.
If you prefer to peel the skins, wash your sweet potatoes, peel and discard the skins, then juice the sweet potatoes.
Can You Drink Sweet Potato Juice Every Day?
Sweet potatoes are full of nutritional benefits and are safe to include in your daily juicing routine.
If you over consume sweet potato juice you could notice a slight change to your skin tone from the beta-carotene. This is what gives sweet potatoes their orange color.
You’re not likely to turn into an oompa-loompa drinking sweet potato juice, however, there is a condition called carotenemia.
This is caused by high doses of beta-carotene over a long period of time. If you start to notice skin color changes, stop consuming sweet potato juice.
Also, when you make sweet potato juice, consider what other fruits and vegetables you are mixing the sweet potatoes with that may contain beta-carotene.
For instance, carrots and sweet potatoes juiced together are delicious. If you drank a large glass of this juice multiple times a day, over time, could increase your risk of carotenemia.
As usual, it is all about balance.
Please take note of the important advice below:
Important: Don’t mix Sweet Potato Juice with Grapefruit Juice
As outlined in this study grapefruit juice impairs the bio-accessibility of beta-carotene from sweet potatoes. If you’re experimenting with different fruits and vegetables with your sweet potato juice, we don’t recommend using grapefruit juice, as you may not receive the full nutritional benefits.
Sweet Potato Juice Recipes
Now that you know the wonderful health benefits of raw sweet potato juice, it is time to get making some delicious juice! Sweet potatoes add a lovely creaminess to juices and a similar sweetness to carrots.
Take a look at some delicious sweet potato juice recipes below: