Nutrition, Movement, Spirit, Perspective

The Power of Yams

Yams are a major superfood for the human body. They are thought to be one of the world’s earliest vegetables under cultivation, since 50,000 BC in Africa and Asia, and they are today one of the most popular and widely consumed foods in the world.

Yams have many health benefits, such as:

  • GREAT FOR NERVES:  The root vegetable is rich in the mineral potassium which is very important in regulating muscle and nerve activity.
  • HEALTHY SKIN: When you eat this brightly colored food, you will find that your skin brightens up and looks more radiant. This is due to the high levels of carotenoids and beta-carotene in the yams, which the body converts into Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that is extremely important for skin health.
  • CANCER PREVENTION: Yams also contain another powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C, and together with the Vitamin A antioxidant, they work together to neutralize cell tissue-damaging free radicals, helping in the prevention of cancer.
  • HEART DISEASE PREVENTION: Yams are also a great source of Vitamin B6, which is a nutrient needed by the body to break down homocysteine, an amino acid which can directly damage blood vessel walls. Vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce the risk of Heart Disease.
  • WEIGHT LOSS: If you are wishing to lose some weight, yams can be a very helpful food to include into your diet, as they are high in fiber, helping to fill you up nicely without too many calories. Their complex carbohydrates are also broken down into sugars at a slow and gradual rate, allowing your blood sugar to remain steady and keeping you satisfied for a longer period of time. 
The best yams to eat are organic with the deepest orange color, indicating high levels of carotenoids. If the skins of the yams look healthy and good, you can leave the skins on and eat them, as the skin contains a good amount of fiber and nutrients.

Yams are a great addition to meals with raw and steamed vegetables, as well as served with black beans and quinoa...  Yams can be steamed, sauteed, baked or eaten raw....

My favorite ways to prepare Yams can be found in the links below:

Baked Yams:

http://www.hilaryshealthhaven.com/apps/recipe/details/id/Yam-Yumminess


Yam Fries:

http://www.hilaryshealthhaven.com/apps/recipe/details/id/Yam-Fries


Enjoy!



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