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Chinese Yam Health Benefits

Chinese yam is used in Chinese herbal medicine. It is traditionally used to treat disorders related to the stomach, spleen, lungs, and kidneys.


Chinese yam contains allantoin, a natural compound that can accelerate the growth of healthy tissue and reduce healing time.


Chinese yam can be eaten fresh or baked, boiled, fried, or mashed. It is also used in soups.


Though Chinese yam does not contain oestrogen, it has properties that may cause it to act like a mild form of oestrogen.


People with hormone-sensitize disorders should also avoid Chinese yam. Hormone-sensitive disorders include endometriosis, uterine fibrosis, and cancers of the breast, uterus, or ovaries.


The yam has a thin outer skin over its crispy white flesh. Fresh yam has a crispy texture and gives out a slippery mucous like substance similar to ladyfingers.


The dried form of yams feels more like powdery white chalks. This vegetable can grow in areas with little or no shade.


Places suited for the growth of this vegetable are sunny edges or woodland gardens, where it is cultivated in bed.


Vitamin A in the tuber performs varied functions like maintaining healthy mucus membranes, night vision, and growth. It also provides protection from oral cavity and lung cancers.


Vitamin B6 is needed by the body to break down a substance called homocysteine, which can directly damage blood vessel walls.


Individuals who suffer a heart attack despite having normal or even low cholesterol levels are often found to have high levels of homocysteine.


Since high homocysteine levels are significantly associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke, having a good supply of vitamin B6 on hand makes a great deal of sense.


Yam is particularly useful for menopausal women.  It contains an enzyme that provides a natural alternative to hormonal replacement in women who have reached menopause.


Wild yam is also known to support the female endocrine system. Its root has been traditionally used in conjunction with lactation.

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