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What are the health benefits of eating turkey?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Turkey is the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner -- and with leftovers, the days that follow. Cook it, carve it, and reap its many nutritional benefits.
  • Turkey is loaded with trytophan, a sleep-inducing amino acid. Trytophan affects melatonin, the sleep hormone that regulates and resets your internal clock.
  • Turkey is rich in potassium and loaded with zinc.
  • Lean turkey breasts fulfill more than half of most people's daily protein needs.
  • Niacin may help increase your HDL cholesterol, the good kind, while also helping to reduce your LDL cholesterol, the bad kind.
  • Turkey is an excellent source of B12, which helps prevent the buildup of homocysteine, an amino acid that may decrease cognitive function.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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