Summary of Yacon Primary information, health benefits, side effects, usage, and other important details Yacon is a name used to refer to the plant Smallanthus sonchifolius, which is a tuber vegetable similar to a potato and a common food product in South America. It looks like a sweet potato and tastes like a pear. While the tuber itself is used in cooking, a syrup derived from the tuber called yacon syrup is used as an alternative sweetener. The FOS benefits gut health and has a prebiotic effect, and they may also have a minor appetite suppressing effect in the obese, which reduces food intake. It is thought to be a good dietary supplement, since its production costs are low and yield is high, so it may be one of the most financially feasible sources of dietary FOS while possibly deter sugar consumption, as yacon syrup itself is sweet.
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Yacon-syrup Health Benefits of Yacon Tubers of yacon consist of water and fructooligosaccharides. It means the majority of carbohydrate sugars could not be digested by the body which results in low calorie level and prevent excess sugar from coming into bloodstream.
It assists the body increase in absorption of mineral and vitamins of all other foods. Yacon has high content of calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Diabetic treatment Yacon possess anti-hyperglycemic effects. It reduces the glucose production in liver and causes shift to reduce fasting glucose rates. It is essential for the people with diabetes. It is beneficial for diabetic patients or for those people who are at high chances of developing the disease.
Blood pressure regulation Yacon contains potassium which acts as vasodilator that helps to relax blood vessels and lowers strain on cardiovascular system. It increase flow of blood as well as oxygenation to parts of body which needs it most and lowers the risk of development of atherosclerosis, strokes or heart attacks.
Normalize cholesterol Yacon is helpful for those people who need to control cholesterol level. An intake of yacon leads to lowering of fasting triglyceride and low density lipoprotein levels. Fructooligosaccharides found in Yacon helps to reduce lipid levels and prevent an accumulation of bad cholesterol which prevents the chances of heart problems including coronary heart disease.
Though it donot contains starch, it fill the body with low amount of calories. This is possible due to laxative effect of yacon and promotes satiety after consuming this sweet plant. Assist digestion Yacon possess prebiotic materials which stimulates growth as well as health of microflora in body. When probiotic bacteria are healthy or taken care well then the body would be able to maximize the intake of minerals and vitamins. Yacon have slight laxative effect which lowers bloating, constipation and other gastrointestinal conditions such as colon cancer and gastric ulcers.
Liver problems Liver is the source of glucose so regulation of glucose through consumption of Yacon affect liver in osme way. Studies show that adequate amount of Yacon when combined with Milk thistle prevents accumulation of fat in the liver and maintain proper health as well as functions of liver. The study conducted in participants with 0. So the researchers concluded that silymarin and yacon promoted healthy functions of liver.
Cardiovascular health Cardiovascular diseases have become the leading cause for death becoming dyslipidemia a main risk factor. Yacon contains fructooligosaccharides which is the main reserve carbohydrate.
Moreover, it has significant amount of polyphenols in both leaves and roots. The study conducted resulted that extract of Yacon shows hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic and antioxidant activities due to high presence of phenolic compunds. It is essential for post and pre-menopausal women who have high chances of losing critical bones mass that increses the chances of bone fractures and osteoporosis.
Research shows that Yacon increases the concentration of minerals such as magnesium and calcium in bones which is the major fator in preventing bone diseases such as osteoporosis. Add syrup of Yacon to osteoporosis diet which is a natural treatment regimen. Fructooligosaccharides helps to promote mineral absorption from colon and helps to preserve bone mass by providing more exposure dietary minerals such as magnesium, calcium and phosphorus which gets involved in regulation of bone mass.
Prevention of cancer Yacon syrup has cancer fighting food. The study was conducted to demonstrate the anticancer effect on study of human cervical cancer cells. The study shows that compounds in Yacon inhibit the reproduction and growth of cancer cells. Another study shows that a fungus which grows on leaves and roots of Yaco shows anticancer effects against colon, skin, blood and brain cancers.
Studies shows that ability of Yaco syrup as a natural cure for cancer. Enhance testosterone The low level of testosterone is related with lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus as well as cardiovascular diseases.
Yacon syrup acts as a natural booster for testosterone and treatment for infertility. The study conducted on animal shows that extracts of Yacon promotes serum testosterone levels and sperm number. The study which was conducted on Therapeutics and Biomolecules shows that possibility of herbal supplement to treat male infertility and alleviates low levels of testosterone such as late onset hypogonadism syndrome. Traditional uses In Folk medicine, leaves are used for hypoglycaemia as medicinal tea.
In traditional Andean medicine, roots are used as a substitute for cane sugar in diabetes and for preventing obesity. Maca is used to cure fatigue, sterility, tuberculosis and anemia. How to Eat Tubers are consumed raw after skin is peeled. Yacon roots are made into dehydrated products, flour, chips, slice, purees, juices and sweeteners in the form of syrup or tea.
Dried leaves of Yacon are used for tea. Consume it fresh by adding it to fruit salads. Prepare a juice by blending it in the form of juice. Yacon could be dried and also made into fermented pickles. Rhizomes and stems are consumed as vegetables. Precautions Use the leaves only for tea because it is found to be slightly toxic to kidneys when consumed directly. People having health problems should consult the doctor for use. Too much consumption causes pain in intestines.
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