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Eat Yam For Good Health

Submitted by Saraomran on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:30
Yam
Yams are starchy vegetables with West African Origin. This vegetable has many symbols and rituals associated with itself in Asia, Africa and Latin America. It is one among the most widely consumed foods around the world. It is available in 200 different varieties and their common colors include yellow, ivory and purple. Yams have various health benefits also. Some of these benefits are:

Yams For Respiratory Problems

The decoction of yam is commonly used to relieve and stimulate bronchial irritation along with cough and other similar respiratory problems.

Yam For Skin Diseases

Yams have long been used by the Chinese people as an important traditional medicine. Yam contains allantoin which is a cell proliferate. It expedites the process of healing when applied on affected area.

Female Endocrine System With Yams

Yam is particularly beneficial for menopausal women. Yams contain an enzyme that gives a natural alternative for replacement of hormones in menopausal women. Wild yams are also believed to support female endocrine system. Vitamin B6 in yams is a very important nutrient for PMS syndrome in women.

Yams For Digestion And Bowel Habits

Yams contain dietary fiber which reduces constipation and also decreases bad cholesterol. Yams contain potassium in good amount which helps in maintaining healthy digestion and also stimulates the smooth contractions of muscles in stomach for regular bowel movements.

Improve Cognitive Ability With Yams

Yam also has the ability to facilitate memory capacity and learning in human brain. Studies show that people who consumed yams regularly for 6 weeks noticed a great increase in their cognitive abilities. The antioxidant properties of yam are also helpful in curing Alzheimer's disease.

Yams Are Cancer Deterrent

Yams can also be considered as cancer deterrent specifically for colon cancer. The fiber content in yams prevents the colon cancer by eliminating toxic compounds in foods from adhering to colon mucosa. The Vitamin A content in yams provides protection against oral cavity and lung cancer.

Yams For Red Blood Cell Production

The mineral content in yams play a major role in maintaining a healthy body. Copper is a useful nutrient for red blood cell production. It also helps in improving the blood flow in body. The iron content in yams also helps in improving the circulation of blood.

Anti-Aging Properties Of Yam

Yam provides amazing anti-aging properties. This vegetable contain various skin-friendly nutrients such as vitamin C, beta carotene, antioxidants and vitamin B6 which help in preventing wrinkles along with other signs of aging.

Yams For Collagen Production

Yams contain antioxidants in high amount. These antioxidants protect skin from the harsh UV rays and other environmental hazards. It also stimulates production of skin collagen and also brings smoothness to the skin. Yams also renew damaged skin and also improve appearance of skin.

Nutritional Facts OF Yam

Amount- 100 grams
  • Calories- 116
  • Protein- 3%
  • Dietary Fiber- 16%
  • Total Carbohydrate- 9%
  • Vitamin A- 2%
  • Iron- 3%
  • Vitamin C- 20%
  • Phosphorus- 5%
  • Vitamin E- 2%
  • Niacin- 3%
  • Vitamin K- 3%
  • Folate- 4%
  • Thiamin- 6%
  • Copper- 8%
  • Riboflavin- 2%
  • Calcium- 1%
  • Vitamin B6- 11%
  • Manganese- 19%
  • Pantothenic Acid- 3%
  • Magnesium- 5%
  • Potassium- 19%
  • Zinc- 1%
  • Selenium- 1%
%DV is based on a 2000 calorie diet. Yam belongs to the family of vegetables and this vegetable is very beneficial for overall health.

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