Superfoods: Sweet Potatoes

The nutrition facts of sweet potatoes include being loaded with the following: Beta carotene Vitamin B-6 Vitamin C Fiber Potassium Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A may help slow the aging process and help fight the risk of certain cancers according to Mayo Clinic.

Vitamin K

Chemical names: Phylloquinone, menaquinones It is fat soluble. Deficiency may cause bleeding diathesis, an unusual susceptibility to bleeding. Good sources include: leafy green vegetables, avocado, kiwi fruit. Parsley contains a lot of vitamin K.

Vitamin D

Chemical names: Ergocalciferol, cholecalciferol It is fat soluble. Deficiency may cause rickets and osteomalacia, or softening of the bones. Good sources: Exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) through sunlight or other sources causes vitamin D to be produced in the skin. Also found in fatty fish, eggs, beef liver, and mushrooms.

Vitamins B12 and C

Vitamin B12 Chemical names: Cyanocobalamin, hydroxocobalamin, methylcobalamin It is water soluble. Deficiency may cause megaloblastic anemia, a condition where bone marrow produces unusually large, abnormal, immature red blood cells. Good sources include: fish, shellfish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk and dairy products, some fortified cereals and soy products, as well as fortified nutritional yeast. Vegans are …