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Winter is the time for yam! It’s the time to indulge in some yam sabzi, Undhiyo, yam chips, and curries. This vegetable, grown as a cash crop in India, is packed with nutrients. Eating yam benefits your health in innumerable ways.
But leaves aren’t the only part of the crop that is beneficial. Its roots are considered to be extremely beneficial. So much, that yam roots were used in the 18th century as folk medicine. Both yam and its root are considered an effective Ayurvedic medicine ingredient.
If you’re someone who names the pulses with their colour, you’re most likely to confuse yams with sweet potatoes! The two bear a close resemblance but the outside of yam is thick and very rough like a callous. However, the inside of yam can vary from orange, pink, purple, yellow to white. Commonly known as Ratalu, these fleshy veggies can be fried, smoked, baked, roasted, boiled, or barbecued. This one has such variety to offer!
Yam has a lot of nutrient density and is very healthy if consumed. Pranay Jain, a health expert and nutritionist, spoke to HealthShots to share his wisdom on the health benefits of yam roots.
Yam roots are rich in diosgenin. They are touted as an anti-inflammatory ingredient too. Therefore, yam roots are a beneficial vegetable that helps treat joint pain and pain resulting from arthritis.
A hike in cholesterol can lead to heart issues and even heart failure. But, eating yam roots can help aid the issue. These tubers are known for reducing bad cholesterol levels in the body.
The diosgenin in the yam roots encourages the growth of new skin cells making it a very efficient anti-aging agent. Eating a portion of this vegetable will help your skin look young while giving it a glow by slowing the process of aging.
Yam roots are also said to lower sugar levels in the blood. These qualities of this vegetable make it a perfect diet for diabetic patients who are struggling to keep their blood sugar in control.
A daily dose of yam root in your diet can help regulate hormonal balance as well. If you’re struggling with hormonal problems, it is beneficial to indulge in this veggie.
These beneficial vegetables also have the potential to fight carcinogens which are cancer-causing agents. Preliminary studies suggest that eating yam root can slow the progression of colon and breast cancer.