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Yams contain Phytoestrogens so are good for hot flashes and cancer protection, Yams contain the active component Diosgenin which is used in the conversion of natural progesterone but also shown to be very helpful in aiding weight loss. The high levels of B-6 are helpful for healthy skin, nails, brain function, energy, and nervous system.Yams are also high in Manganese, a trace mineral that helps with carbohydrate metabolism and is important for energy production. The high levels of potassium in Yams are helpful for toughs with digestive disorders.

Eastern Health Description

Thermal Nature = Neutral
Flavor =Sweet

Strengthens the Spleen, Stomach & pancreas functions
Tonifies energy
Builds the yin (fluids) capabilities of Kidneys
Clears heat
Increases the production of milk

Conditions Yam can Help Relieve
Bloody stools
Night blindness
Breast abcess

Western Health Description

Yam is a good source of energy; 100 g provides 118 calories. It mainly composed of complex carbohydrates and soluble dietary fiber. Together, they raise blood sugar levels rather very slowly than simple sugars and therefore recommended as low glycemic index healthy food. In addition, dietary fiber helps reduce constipation, decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol levels by binding to it in the intestines and prevent colon cancer risks by preventing toxic compounds in the food from adhering to colon mucosa.

The tuber is excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins. Provides adequate daily requirements of pyridoxine (viamin B6), thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin, folic acid, pantothenic acid and niacin. These vitamins mediate various metabolic functions in the body.

Fresh root also contains good amounts of anti-oxidant vitamin, vitamin-C. Provides about 29% of recommended levels per 100 g. Vitamin C has important roles in anti-aging, immune function, wound healing, bone growth.

Also contains good amount of vitamin-A and beta carotene levels. Carotenes convert to vitamin A in the body. These compounds are strong antioxidants. Vitamin A has many functions like maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, night vision, growth and protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.

This tuber is indeed one of the vegetable rich sources of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. 100 g provides about 816 mg of Potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering hypertensive effects of sodium. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.

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