Health Benefits of Yams
Yams are the vine plants native to countries of Tropical America, Africa and Asia. They are cylindrically long plants with scaly, rough exteriors. It is also worshiped in some areas due to its great health and nutritional benefits. The
health benefits of yams
are many and moreover they are of about 200 varieties of yams with each variety providing diverse health benefits. The scientific names of some beneficial yams are Dioscorea batatas, Dioscorea alata and Dioscorea esculenta.
The health benefits of yams are as follows:
- Wild yam has got many medicinal benefits. It helps in effective
functioning of female endocrine and renal systems
. This is a traditional medicine used from centuries in Chinese medicine. Research studies are now been going on to create an evident theory to support this treatment.
- Wild yam is also good for pregnant woman. It alleviates nausea and
decreases water retention
in the body.
- Yams are beneficial in
treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
. The high vitamin B6 content present in yams provides relief from depression that is experienced during premenstrual stage. It effectively fights against heart diseases such as heart stroke and attacks.
- Yams have rich amounts of manganese which is very essential factor for
antioxidant metabolism and carbohydrate metabolism
. It even acts as a co-factor in many enzymes for energy production.
- They help
maintain blood sugar levels
as they have very low sugar content and gets absorbed in the bloodstream slowly.
- The high fiber content in yams helps in controlling body weight and therefore it is a
good source for dietary fiber
- Yams are beneficial for efficient
functioning of nervous, urinary, respiratory systems
. It also helps in proper optimal glandular functioning.
- Mexican wild yam variety has got
and therefore used in treating pains, menstrual cramps, neurological disorders, improper circulation, muscle tension, nerve tension, intestinal and abdominal cramps.
- Yams aid
by dilating vessels and stimulating flow of bile juice.
- Yams are very good source of potassium and therefore helps in
controlling and maintaining blood pressure levels