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Yam is a multipurpose food that grows as edible tubers in the genus Dioscorea (family Dioscoreaceae). Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania all utilize the plant as a staple food. Barbecued, roasted, fried, grilled, boiled, baked, smoked, and processed into a dessert recipe are all options for yams.
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However, in this article l will be listing out the benefits of yam to the body when Consumed when. Let's get started.
The 7 health benefits of yam are listed below.
1. Yams are excellent for lowering blood pressure.
Among staple foods, yams have one of the highest potassium content per cup. Yams have 1,224 mg of potassium per cup, which is 35 percent of the daily potassium requirement. Yams also have a low salt content, with only 13.5 mg per cup. This combination with folate also helps to lower blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels and preserving adequate blood flow.
2. Yams may help to improve the brain.
Potassium, folate, and a variety of antioxidants found in yams have been shown to have neurological effects. Folate has been shown to help prevent Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment. Potassium has been related to improved cognition, concentration, and neuronal activity via increasing blood flow to the brain.
3. Yams are good for your heart.
Vitamin B6, potassium, and dietary fiber are abundant in yams. According to one study, people who ingested 4,069 mg of potassium per day had a 49% lower chance of dying from ischemic heart disease than those who drank less than 1,000 mg.
4. Yams are a fantastic manganese source.
Many enzymes that regulate blood sugar, energy metabolism, and thyroid function require manganese. One cup of yams has 30% of the required manganese intake. Manganese deficiency has been linked to decreased fertility, growth retardation, congenital impairments, and general frailty.
5. Yams can aid in the fight against infections.
In one cup of yams, you'll get 43 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C is a potent water-soluble antioxidant that aids in the body's development of resistance to pathogenic agents and the elimination of cancer-causing free radicals.
6. Yams are excellent for keeping hair and skin healthy and vibrant.
Vitamin C improves the immune system as well as the creation and maintenance of collagen, an important protein found in hair and skin.
7. Yams are beneficial to the digestive system.
Yams are high in fiber and low in calories. 6 grams of dietary fiber are found in a cup of yams. Men and women should consume 38 grams and 25 grams of dietary fiber per day, respectively. Fiber supplements can help avoid constipation and make bowel movements more manageable.
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