Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Yam - Health Benefits

Yam is a tropical root vegetable.  Yam is native to Africa.  Yam belongs to the family of 'dioscreacea'. The word 'YAM' is an African name which means "to eat". There are close to 150 varieties of Yam.    Although it has a rough skin which is difficult to peel, the skin becomes soft after it is boiled.  The skin of the vegetable varies from dark brown to light pink and the edible portion varies from white to orange.  The yam plant bears thick tubers.
The edible portion is often referred to as the "meat".  Yam has a long shelf life. It can be stored up to six months without refrigeration.  Yam should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place.  Yam can be easily cooked. Their taste is earthy and hardy.  All the Yam varieties can be easily boiled, roasted or fried.  Cooked yam can also be refrigerated fro three days. 
Yam is a rich source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, Vitamin B6, manganese.  The Yam products have a lower glycemic index than potatoes, they offer a more sustained form of energy.  They provide better protection against overweight and diabetes.  Yams are a good source of potassium a mineral that helps to control blood pressure.  Wild yam also contains beta carotene, the antioxidant that is so important to maintaining a healthy cholesterol level. Yam is rich in fiber. Old Chinese medicines have mentions on Yam.  The wild yam has been used by herbalists for centuries. Its traditional uses include the treatment of colic, muscle spasms, asthma.  In the recent days it is used to treat menstrual disorders and hormonal problems during menopause.  Pregnant women must avoid Yam.  Wild yam's antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties make it useful to treat cramps in the stomach. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Sweating is the way by which body gets rid of the excessive heat that is generated due to some physical activity, metabolism , stress, anxiety etc., An average person is supposed to have 2.6 million sweat glands all over his body. The sweat glands are present in the 'Dermis' layer of the skin. The sweat majorly contains water, traces of salt, urea. The sweat evaporates once exposed to air and thus cools the body. Sweat is useful is keeping the skin moist. Studies reveal that men sweat more than women.

Click here to know more

Friday, August 24, 2007

Cabbage- Health benefits.

Cabbage has a long history of use both as a food and a medicine. Although the origin of Cabbage is not known completely, it is said to have spread across the world from North America. Cabbage is a member of the Cruciferae family which is related to broccoli. Raw cabbage juice is well documented as being remarkably effective in treating peptic ulcers. In addition to its cancer-preventive phytonutrients, cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect cells from harmful free radicals. Cabbage also reduces risk of heart disease and stroke, alleviate rheumatism and skin problems. Roman medicinal preparation blended lard with the ashes of burnt cabbage to make an ointment for disinfecting wounds. Cabbage boosts the immune system's ability to produce more antibodies.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Bitter Gourd - Health Benefits

..Bitter Gourd is also known as bitter melon or Karela.It is known for its curative properties from ancient times. Bitter gourd helps in maintaining the blood sugar levels and helps the body function normally. It is bitter in taste and thus goes its name. It is a well known home remedy for diabetes Mellitus. It is used to treat disorders like piles, skin disorders, alcoholism, cholera etc., The fresh juice of Karela is effective in treating the earlier stages of cholera and types of diarrhoea.

click here for more information

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Avacado - Health Benefits

Avocado "The king of Fruits" originated in central America. Avocado is an exotic fruit. It is a very nutritious fruit, rich in potassium and vitamins. Avocados are a good way to get more lutein in the diet. It is useful in treating malnutrition, skin disorders etc., The fruit is deep green in colour and is pear shaped. It is a tropical fruit and grows all through the year. It cannot withstand cold temperatures.

Click here for more about Avocado