What Are Yams?
Yams are vegetables cultivated for their starchy tubers. They are significant sources of carbohydrates and other important nutrients.
Though they are available in different types, the two most important varieties are Dioscorea alata (greater yam, water yam) and Dioscorea esculenta (lesser yam, potato yam). Both of these originated in southeast Asia.
1. Promote Fertility
Studies show that yams can promote fertility.
Lately, natural hormones are becoming popular options for hormone replacement therapy. Creams containing wild yam extracts are emerging as the ideal choice for some women. ‘Natural’ progesterone is commonly derived from an inedible, wild, Mexico-produced yam called Diascorea Uillosa.
2. Relieve Menopause Symptoms
Diosgenin, a substance in wild yam, is used to treat sex hormone issues. It is also used to produce contraceptives and relieve the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome. In a study, this substance could relieve menopausal symptoms without any side effects.
3. Aid Diabetes Treatment
Diabetes is caused by a decrease or deficiency of insulin secretion (or from increased cellular resistance to insulin). Studies have demonstrated that yam can contribute to the improvement of glucose metabolism.
4. May Aid Weight Loss
Glucomannan, a fiber extracted from the roots of yam, may help with weight loss. The fiber turns into a gel that lingers in the stomach, making you feel full.
This can keep your cravings at bay and eventually lead to weight loss.
5. Can Be Used As Baby Food
Yams are much sweeter and nutritious than white potatoes. They can also easily be mashed, making them an ideal food for babies.