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Turkey Meat is Tasty and Nutritious with Several Health Benefits   by Rachelle Kirk

Many people only eat turkey over the holidays or during special occasions. Yet turkey is extremely nutritious and offers numerous health benefits. The turkeys that we eat today are descendants of wild North American turkeys that were trapped by the early explorers, settlers, and pioneers. Hundreds of years ago, turkeys were sent overseas from North America to Europe where they quickly became a popular food. In fact, the delicious reputation of wild turkeys nearly ended with their entire species becoming extinct, were it not for the United States government intervening to protect the bird. Fortunately today, turkey can easily be found in many grocery stores, and turkey meat is recognized as a healthy substitute for red meat.

Turkey is a rich source of protein. Yet unlike red meat, consumption of turkey meat does not seem to be linked with an increased risk of cancer and blood disease. Protein is a vital component of every cell in the human body, and an important part of the human diet. Proteins build and repair the body structure and tissues, and aid in the formation of antibodies and hormones.

Turkey meat contains high amounts of selenium, a trace mineral that is necessary for the proper functioning of the immune system. Selenium acts as an antioxidant to protect your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals.

Turkey is an excellent source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which plays in important role in metabolism, immune function, and cell growth. Vitamin B6 is also required for the formation of myelin (in nerve cells), and synthesis of neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine).

Tryptophan, also found in turkey meat, is an essential amino acid that promotes relaxation and regulates the sleep cycle. It may also help people fall asleep faster and remain asleep for a longer duration. Tryptophan is a mood enhancer that may play a role in the prevention of anxiety, depression, and headaches.

Turkey is associated with the first Thanksgiving meal in the United States. Almost all of the fat found in turkey is located in its skin, which is easily removed after baking or roasting. The white meat has a lower fat content than the dark meat. Delicious dishes made of turkey include chili, salad, casserole, pot pie, enchiladas, quiche, curry, a la King, and slow cooked soup.

Individuals suffering from gout or kidney stones should limit their intake of turkey. Persons who are allergic to turkey should also avoid this food.

About the Author

Rachelle Kirk writes about natural health, wellness, and chiropractic. If you are looking for natural pain relief for headaches, sciatica, and other health conditions then http://www.backinaction.net is the perfect place for you.

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