Often confused for a sweet potato, the yam is incredibly popular in South American cuisines and is available in over 100 different varieties. Incredibly large (it can grow up to 7’ in length), this tuber is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
A serving of yams (1 cup cooked), which is around 150 calories, contains 28% of your daily-recommended vitamin C intake and 26% of the recommended potassium intake. Yams are also rich in manganese (25%), fiber (21%), and vitamin B6 (15%).
Outside of these healthy, essential nutrients, one of biggest benefits of yams is its incredibly high vitamin A and beta-carotene content. A single serving contains over 200% of the daily-recommended intake of this essential vitamin and antioxidant. When combined with its vitamin C intake, this duo can help to protect your body from cell damage caused by free radicals and oxidation.
The vitamin A in yams also helps to prevent cancer when consumed regularly, as the beta-carotene (a derivative of vitamin A) acts as an anti-carcinogen in the body. Specifically, yams can help to prevent cancers such as colon (due to their high fiber content), intestinal, prostate, and kidney.
For those suffering from inflammatory disorders such as arthritis and asthma, the unique combination of vitamins found in yams can help to reduce inflammation. The fiber can also play a major role in helping the body to digest all of the foods you eat, helping you to remain regular and reducing bloating and excess fat storage. Healthy and versatile when it comes to juicing and cooking, yams offer several nutritional benefits for an overall healthy lifestyle.
The earthy unique flavor of raw yam juice can incorporated into many juicing recipes. They sometimes can add a creamy texture to the fruit and vegetable juice recipes that can allow you to be very creative. Drinking raw yam juice allows you to enjoy many of the benefits of yams like some of the more heat sensitive enzymes and nutrients that might be lost when cooking yams like most people have only consumed them.