Yucca, also known as Cassava has a nutty flavor and is very similar to a potato, although much more chewy in texture. This root is overflowing with a plethora of benefits most of which are barely starting to get undiscovered. From Yucca fries to Yucca tea, their nutrients can be consumed in many forms.
Below, you will find 8 powerful benefits hidden in the roots of Yucca:
One research study looked at the effects of a mixture of purified Yucca schidigera and Quillaja saponaria on people with high cholesterol. Results showed that this combination effectively reduced LDL levels as well as total cholesterol in just 4 weeks. Yucca contains Saponins, a chemical compound that facilitates the binding of bile acids with cholesterol, which is then secreted into our intestines. Saponins also prevents the reabsorption of the cholesterol, which results in it being excreted. Hence, producing a cholesterol lowering effect.
Fights the Free Radicals
A study done back in 2003 showed that the phenolic compounds present in the bark of Yucca schidigera hinders the formation of free radicals in our blood platelets. This shields our heart from cardiovascular diseases while reducing the oxidative stress. Yucca contains strong antioxidant activity which lowers the occurrence of free radical induced arthritis. Low amount of oxidative stress also means no DNA damage or premature aging.
In several research studies it was noted that the consumption of Yucca pills lowered the pain, swelling and other symptoms of arthritis among arthritic patients. The Saponins in Yucca is believed to have anti-protozoal properties, which diminish the presence of one free living protozoan, called Naegleria, from the joints of arthritic patients. Another way Yucca might prevent arthritis is with its anti-inflammatory activity. Since it contains many polyphenols like resveratrol and yaccaols, they can inhibit the formation of nitric oxide which is an inflammatory agent.
Very good hair cleanser
The roots of Yucca foams very well, which makes it excellent to be used in homemade shampoo and soaps. In fact, the traditional Navajo way to wash the hair is with a freshly made Yucca soap. Although some claim that it can help with hair regrowth, the evidence is still lacking on that front. That said, it is an excellent hair and scalp cleanser, and is often recommended for people with dandruff and itchy scalp. The Saponins in them, gives them a natural detergent quality, making them froth up with very little effort.
Protects from skin damage
Research shows that the extract from Yucca periculosa can protect us from UV radiation. Phenolic compounds like naringenin and resveratrol in Yucca contains SPF higher than commercially manufactured sunscreen.
Very high in Fiber
Many people don’t eat enough dietary fiber, which keeps them un-satisfied and hungry at all times. Dietary fiber is also very important for our colon health. It makes the process of excretion easier. Yucca root contains 3.7 grams of dietary fiber in just one cup.
Loaded with Folate
One cup of yucca contains 56 micrograms of folate. This is a B vitamin that is very vital for your immune system and brain functioning. It helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates and is important for the health of your eyes, hair and liver. Most importantly, it helps in the formation of DNA, and red blood cells.
Very rich in Potassium
This electrolyte is very important for our heart activity. It aids the synthesis of proteins and muscles, and in the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose. It plays a vital role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction. A cup of yucca contains 558 milligrams of potassium.
Please avoid eating Yucca raw because it contains small traces of cyanide compounds which are poisonous. By peeling the surface and cooking the flesh, Yucca becomes safe for consumption. These can be used as a substitute for almost all of your favorite potato dishes. It is one of the most healthiest sources of carbohydrates out there.
Yucca root is readily available in most natural health stores. It also comes in powder and tablet form, but if you have access to the real deal, that’s always the best.
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