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Yam: Health Benefits and Nutritional Value of Yams

  1. Yam is an edible root tuber (of the genus Dioscorea), which is an important staple food, especially in Africa. The name yam is derived from the African �yamyam� which means as much as 'food'. It is cultivated worldwide and consists of about 800 varieties. The genus received the scientific name 'Dioscorea' in honor of the Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides (circa 40-90 AD). The root tuber is used in many countries as an important staple food. The yam is similar in appearance and taste to the sweet potato. Yams occupy an important place in plant medicine. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and is used for rheumatism, gout or muscle cramps.

Occurrence and cultivation

  1. Spread

Nutritional value of the yam

  1. A yam has some ingredients that can be used therapeutically. These include vitamins B1, B6, vitamin C and folic acid, as well as important minerals such as zinc, iron and potassium. Diosgenin, which is structurally similar to the female sex hormone progesterone, plays an important role in the treatment of gynecological disorders. Therefore, the ingredient is valuable for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), where many women suffer from headaches, bad mood or tightness in their chest. The same is true of menopausal or menopausal symptoms, which can include sleep disturbances, mood swings and hot flashes

Applications of yams

  1. Yam as food

Health Benefits of Yam

  1. Yams have other therapeutic effects in addition to its positive effects on women's health. The plant was already used by the ancient Indians for its healing properties. They used the plant in addition to the treatment of menstrual and menopausal complaints for the treatment of rheumatism and muscle cramps. Yam is also suitable for the treatment of bone loss (osteoporosis), gastritis and constipation. The medicinal plant has antispasmodic, pain-relieving, relaxing, anti-inflammatory and diaphoretic properties. Yams are also useful in hormonal imbalances, nervousness, biliary colic and asthma. Another positive effect is that it boosts your libido.

  2. Yams have other therapeutic effects in addition to its positive effects on women's health. The plant was already used by the ancient Indians for its healing properties. They used the plant in addition to the treatment of menstrual and menopausal complaints for the treatment of rheumatism and muscle cramps. Yam is also suitable for the treatment of bone loss (osteoporosis), gastritis and constipation. The medicinal plant has antispasmodic, pain-relieving, relaxing, anti-inflammatory and diaphoretic properties. Yams are also helpful in hormonal imbalances, nervousness, biliary colic and asthma. Another positive effect is that it boosts your libido.



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