Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Healthy Food Talk: Yams

If you are one of those people who are health conscious then including Yams in your diet would be good. Yams in general is a species of tuber plants which are edible and are part of the Dioscoreae family and there are around two hundred kinds of them and depending on the yam in question, they may appear to have white, ivory or yellow in color. So what are the health benefits of yams?

Yams are good for the body because they are sufficient source of vitamin B6 which is necessary for the body to be able to digest a substance called homocysteine. This is a harmful substance which can directly damage blood walls. People who have heart ailments are often the ones who have a high concentration of the said substance in their body.

Yams are also good sources of potassium which is necessary to manage blood pressure. And these days, people tend to neglect these kinds of foods and are often found consuming too much sodium which is bad. Yams also have a storage protein called dioscorin which is beneficial for people who have hypertension. Overall, yams are good to have as part of a person’s overall diet.