Elephant foot yam is of Southeast Asian origin. It grows in its wild form in India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other Southeast Asian countries.
In India this species as a crop is grown mostly inÂ Bihar,Â West Bengal,Â Kerala,Â Karnataka,Andhra Pradesh,Â MaharashtraÂ andÂ Orissa. It is popularly known as "oal" (olÂ inÂ Bengali,Â suranorÂ jimikandÂ in Marathi andÂ Hindi,Â Chenai kizhanguÂ inÂ Tamil,Â suvarna geddeÂ inÂ Kannada,chenaÂ inÂ Malayalam,Â oluoÂ inÂ Oriya,Â kanda gaddaÂ inÂ TeluguÂ andÂ kaeneÂ inÂ Tulu)
InÂ Tonga, where it is known as teve, it is viewed as the most inferior of all yam species and is only eaten if nothing else is available.
Benefits Of ElephantÂ Foot Yam
- Elephant foot yam has trace minerals that are needed by the body to carry out its functions and they are copper,Â selenium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium andmagnesium.
- It has a high content of protein in it.
- With highÂ fiberÂ content, this vegetable is considered to be a slimming food. Yam promotes weight loss and also reducesÂ cholesterolÂ levels in the body. But you have to cook it properly! You canÃ¢Â€Â™t expect weight loss if you deep fry it in oil and have. If you choose the right cooking method, you can eat it without worrying about weight gain.
- The fiber in yam is also good for the friendly bacteria residing in your gut. When they feel homely and flourish, they boost your immunity too!
- It is good for those who suffer from hypertension as it has a cooling effect on the body.
- Elephant foot yam has a high content of omega 3 fatty acids. They help in increasing good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol.
- This vegetable is usually advised to those who are getting treated for piles. It also helps in reducing irregular bowel movements and treats constipation.
- Yam has anti-coagulating properties that prevent the blood from clotting.
- Elephant foot yam is a healthy option for those who suffer from diabetes because it has a low glycemic index (raises blood sugar slowly).
- It is particularly good for women as it increases the levels of estrogen in the body, thus helping them in maintaining hormonal balance. Being high in vitamin B6, it provides relief from premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- It is known to prevent muscle spasms.
- It contains a compound called diosgenin that is being researched for treating and preventing cancer.
- Elephant foot yam hasÂ anti-inflammatoryÂ properties and this property prevents the inflammation of joints.
- This veggie is also helpful in lowering blood pressure.
- It is anÂ antioxidantÂ that slows down the process of ageing and prevents heart diseases