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Benefits of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand) And Its Side Effects

Raised as a cash crop, it is named so because of its transversal structure and resemblance with elephant’s foot. This pink-brown colored tuber crop has a stony and hard look. It is extensively used for its high nutritive value and several health benefits. It is used to maintain normal bowel movement in case of constipation, cramps, intestinal heat and others. It is said to be very effective in lowering cholesterol levels and aids in weight loss. It also relieves arterial blockage and vein blockage. It is highly recommended in diabetic patients for its blood sugar reducing action. Elephant foot yam is a rich source of trace elements like potassium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, phosphorous and calcium, that help in improving concentration and memory. It is helpful in improving immunity in the body. It is a good anti-inflammatory agent as well as a detoxifier. It essentially improves the condition of enlarged prostate glands. It is also used as carminative and possesses a good anthelmintic activity. The traces of essential minerals also help in improving bone health, electrolyte balance, anemia, energy in the body. It helps in subsiding early aging. It is said to be improving digestion and is also used as laxatives in folklore medicine. Ayurvedic medicine system uses it in the treatment of emesis, dysmenorrhea, fatigue, constipation, piles, dyspepsia, inflammation, tumors, elephantiasis, rheumatism and others. Elephant foot yam is also useful in maintaining healthy hormonal levels in the body.

Benefits of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand) And Its Side Effects

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Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Nutritional Value of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Health Benefits of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Lowering Cholesterol
Anticoagulant and Anti-inflammatory
Prevent Cancer
Slow down ageing
Control Diabetes
Detoxification
Anti-inflammatory
Memory and concentration
Boost Immunity
Estrogen balance
Cooling effect
Gastrointestinal disorders
Uses of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Origin And Cultivation of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)

Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)

Elephant foot yam is scientifically known as Amorphophallus paeoniifolius, belonging to the family Araceae. It is also called white spot giant arum. Its plant blooms annually around the beginning of rainy season. It bears a purple inflorescence and secretes a pungent mucus to attract pollinating insects. The insects are trapped within the flower to allow pollen transfer to stigmas. After pollen deposition, the female flowers develop bright red berries. It is also known by other names like stinky lily and telinga fruit.

Nutritional value:

It contains plenty of carbohydrates and proteins making it a good staple food. Its other chemical constituents are beta-sitosterol, xylose, lupeol, galactose, betulinic acid, amylase, stigmasterol and much more. It also contains high levels of zinc, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin B6, calcium, vitamin A and others. Some other important constituents of elephant foot yam are steroids, phenols, alkaloids, flavonoids, and amblyone. Containing about 5% of proteins, 18-24% of carbohydrates, along with about 72% of water, it is a quick energizer and is widely consumed in several parts of the world.

Nutritional Value of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)

For 100 grams elephant yam - it contains 95% carb, 1% fat and 4% protein. Calories116(486 kJ)6%, Carbohydrate111(465 kJ), Fat1.2(5.0 kJ), Protein4.1(17.2 kJ)

Vitamin A122IU, Vitamin C12.1mg, Vitamin D~ ~,Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K2.3mcg, Thiamin0.1mg, Riboflavin0.0mg, Niacin0.6mg, Vitamin B60.2mg, Folate16.0mcg, Vitamin B120.0mcg, Pantothenic Acid0.3mg, Choline16.2mg

Calcium14.0mg, Iron0.5mg3%, Magnesium18.0mg, Phosphorus49.0mg, Potassium670mg, Sodium8.0mg, Zinc0.2mg1%, Copper0.2mg, Manganese0.4mg, Selenium0.7mcg

Health Benefits of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Health Benefits of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)

Lowering Cholesterol

Elephant foot yam is known to have a great effect in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. It is extensively used as a slimming food. Omega-3-fatty acids present in it helps in increasing the levels of good cholesterol in the body, while reducing the levels of low-density lipoproteins and very low-density lipoproteins. Elephant foot yam contains very low about 0.2-0.4% of fat and high levels about 1.7-5% of fibers, making it an ideal food in the process of weight reduction.

Anticoagulant and Anti-inflammatory

As an effective anticoagulant, elephant foot yam can be helpful in reducing the risks of heart attacks. It also helps in relieving the clots formed in arteries and veins. This action can also be helpful in reducing high blood pressure and further complications like coronary artery disease.

Prevent Cancer

Not only Omega-3-fatty acids and antioxidants but also the compound Diosgenin is said to be very effective in preventing the formation of cancerous cells. This constituent of elephant foot yam also helps in improving the immune system to combat cancer formation in the body.

Slow down ageing

The powerful antioxidants present in elephant foot yam is said to be effective in slowing down the aging process. It also helps in keeping away risks of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and strokes. Another important constituent of elephant foot yam is that is that, vitamin C also aids in slowing down of the aging process. It slows down the process of aging by making one’s skin blemish-free and wrinkle-free.

Control Diabetes

It is widely recommended in the diet of diabetic patients because of its low glycemic index, which indicates that it raises blood sugar slowly. Some of its constituents are also known to show insulin promoting action.

Detoxification

It is a potent detoxifier. The high fiber content in elephant foot yam shows toxin detoxification in the liver. Elephant foot yam is best known for its hepatoprotective activity. It helps in proper cleansing of other internal organs including intestine and stomach, making them free of pathogens.

Anti-inflammatory

It is also used in the treatment of hemorrhoids and piles. It is also recommended in the treatment of arthritis. It also helps in reducing muscle spasms. Other applications of its anti-inflammatory activity can be found in rheumatism, elephantiasis, glandular swellings and others.

Memory and concentration

Being a rich source of Omega-3-fatty acids and also other essential minerals like zinc, selenium, magnesium, phosphorous, elephant foot yam help in improving brain functioning and aids in the improvement of memory and concentration.

Boost Immunity

The fiber contents of elephant foot yam are great supplements for probiotics. It not only cleanses toxins and pathogens out of the body, but also builds up good bacteria to improve immunity. Elephant foot yam is also said to be possessing antibacterial agents which help in keeping away infections. It also shows extensive cytotoxic and immunomodulatory activity.

Estrogen balance

Elephant foot yam increases estrogen levels in women to maintain hormonal levels. It also helps in reducing the symptoms of the Premenstrual syndrome. Along with other antioxidants, vitamin B6 also helps in relieving pPremenstrual syndrome including abdominal pain and cramps.

Cooling effect

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Elephant foot yam shows a cooling effect in the body. It helps in reducing high blood pressure and also facilitates, smooth flow of blood across arteries and veins. It reduces stress and is highly recommended to be included in the meals especially, in hotter regions for its cooling effect. This can be accounted for elephant foot yam’s nervous system depressant activity, which results in sedation and decreased locomotor activity.

Gastrointestinal disorders

It is said to be useful in the treatment of irregular bowel movement, especially in case of constipation. Elephant foot yam is also helpful in treating diarrhea, dysentery and maintains a good health across the gastrointestinal tract by supplementing probiotics.

Uses of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)

Apart from all these health benefits, elephant foot yam can be used in curries and forms a major staple food in some parts of the world. It is used to make chips, fries, stews, soups, casseroles, and others just like sweet potatoes. It is also widely used in the form of flour to make slices of bread. It is a widely consumed crop in the tropical regions. It is usually consumed boiled or baked, and several recipes are available based on elephant foot yam.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)

The cooling effect of elephant foot yam is contraindicated in patients who are suffering from asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections or cold. The conditions might get worse, the reason it is advisable, that patients should avoid foot yam. The vegetable is also quite itchy in nature, and on having it, one can feel itching sensation in their mouth and throat.

Origin And Cultivation of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)

The cooling effect of elephant foot yam is contraindicated in patients who are suffering from asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections or cold. The conditions might get worse, the reason it is advisable, that patients should avoid foot yam. The vegetable is also quite itchy in nature, and on having it, one can feel itching sensation in their mouth and throat.

Popular Questions & Answers

Please suggest. Is there any case in India whose diabetes is cured completely. If yes then approx how many cases there are. Is it really so difficult to find the cure of diabetes with such technologies.

MD - General Medicine, DM - Endocrinology, MBBS
Endocrinologist, Delhi
Diabetes is disease of lifestyle. It can't be cured but only controlled. There are lakhs of people who controlled their diabetes without medicines. It can be kept under control for years. But it usually happens only in those who have mild diabetes.
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Hi, My Mom is 47 years old and Diabetic patient. Her sugar level is under control. For Constipation sometimes she takes Madiphala rasayana with lemon (almost 2 times in a week). This gives her relief. Is it good if diabetic patient's have that syrup?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Madiphala rasayana is not good for diabetic patient madiphal is citrus fruil but process in syrup base .which is sweet in nature. Triphala powder is good for her constipation.

M a diabetic patient and bp patient too. Can I take 300 mg of eltroxin daily. Wat does it happen.

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Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Hello, Thanks for the query. I have gone through the details given In that there is no mention about how is your blood glucose and BP controlled, what are the drugs being taken for those conditions and their dosage. Plus no mention about weight, diet and exercise etc. Plus I am unable to understand why are you asking about taking 300 mg of Thyroxine. That is a hormone, only used in treating hypothyroidism. It is used in microgram strength. Thanks.

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Diabetes and Your Pancreas: Things You Should Know!

You pass by that cake shop and happen to glance at a sumptuous chocolate cake, and then realization dawns on you that you are not allowed to eat simple sugar. Why? The answer to it is diabetes, for which you only have your pancreas to blame. Situated behind the stomach in your body, the pancreas is an organ whose role is to produce hormones and enzymes that aid in the digestive process. One of the hormones that the pancreas produces is insulin which is required by the body to metabolize sugar that is present in various foods.

So, if your pancreas does not produce the required amount of insulin or fails to utilize insulin effectively, it leads to accumulation of glucose in your blood. The improper functioning of the pancreas leads to diabetes. There are four types of diabetes and they are classified with respect to the manner in which the pancreas mal-functions:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes: In this type, the immune system of the body wrongly attacks the insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas. This impairs the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, thus leading to Type 1 diabetes. However, even after extensive research in this field, the exact triggers haven’t been found yet.
  2. Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin. It can either mean that the pancreas is producing less than normal insulin or the body is not being able to utilize the produced insulin effectively. Factors such as a poor diet and lack of exercise increase the risks of Type 2 Diabetes.
  3. Pre-diabetes: Pre-diabetes is a condition wherein the blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be considered as ‘diabetes’. It can again occur due to a reduced secretion of insulin or the inability of the body to utilize the insulin effectively.
  4. Gestational Diabetes: This type of diabetes can develop only during pregnancy. This occurs primarily as the placenta, that connects the fetus with the body’s blood supply, produces hormones that impair the functioning of insulin. This type of diabetes can affect both the mother and the child.

Another common link
Pancreatitis is a condition that is marked by an inflammation of the pancreatic cells. This inflammation can damage the beta cells that produce insulin, thus resulting in diabetes. Factors that contribute to it are a poor diet, lack of exercise, presence of excessive calcium in the blood or excessive alcohol consumption.

How can you avoid the same?
It is best that you incorporate lifestyle changes if you have any of these disorders, and talk to your doctor about a treatment plan. Making a few simple lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, avoiding smoking and exercising on a regular basis can reduce the chances of you suffering from both diabetes and any other pancreatic problems. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Good morning, I am Dr Dinesh Singh I am director of Radiation Oncology at Max Hospital, Vaishali. Today we are going to discuss about cancer, the cancer is a group of about 100 disease different diseases and it is basically the cells they start developing, multiplying and then they do not stop first they grow locally and there and then they spread out to different parts and what are the different symptoms of the cancers, well it depends upon which part of the body the cancer is developing like we are discussing about the brain tumors that the patient might have difficulty in vision, he may be having headache, he may be having vomiting or he may be having fits. Then to further investigate we need do a contrast study of the MRI then we diagnosed and then we keep recording it. For head and neck cancers like they can wear ulcer or a soar which doesn't heal, there can be a change in the voice the person might have difficulty in swallowing or so these are the early symptoms of cancers originating into the head and neck area. Then we further investigate we take a biopsy and then we diagnose the patient. For breast cancer, the earliest symptoms is a painless lump usually in Cancer in early stages pain is not there, so whenever there is a lump in a breast it should be investigated to allowed cancer. More than 90% of the lump in the breast on cancerous but it should be evaluated and cure, when we come to the lung cancer the common symptom is a mild cough. So any cough which is not getting the cure for more than two weeks it should be taken seriously it can be tuberculosis, it can be cancerous, so it has to be evaluated and investigative. Talking about the GI cancers of the intestinal cancers, well it present like indigestion or the patient is not getting well some might discomfort in the abdomen. So any problem persisting more than 2 weeks should be investigated by ultrasound, by endoscopy and then we do it. Carcinoma of the rectum and anal canal usually present with a bleeding associated with the stools or without stool should not be confused with the piles because they have the same presentation. So any problem persisting for more than 2 weeks is the thumb rule has to be investigated diagnosed and they have to be treated. Once we see that there is a problem then what we do we have to do an investigation and the first investigation is the biopsy many times a general people they have a false notion that if a biopsy is done then cancer will spread, well it is absolutely wrong. The biopsy is a must and it does not spread cancer. Thank you.

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1. Abroma Augusta: This homeopathic medicine is best for diabetics who have weak muscles, increased appetites and frequent urination.
2. Phosphorus: If symptoms include weak vision, Phosphorus is the best remedy for it.
3. Syzygium Jambolanum: This is one of the best homeopathic remedies for diabetes mellitus. It acts efficiently and promptly in lowering sugar levels.
4. Phosphoric acid: If you feel exhausted or weak all the time, either physically or mentally, then Phosphoric acid is beneficial. Weak memory, forgetfulness and numb feet are also treated with Phosphoric acid.

5. Gymnema Sylvestre: Sometimes, diabetics drastically lose weight and have low energy levels. Gymnema Sylvestre is an excellent remedy for such symptoms.

Sometimes one or more homeopathic medicines may be combined to treat symptoms. Some common combinations include:

1. Lachesis, Arnica, Belladonna and Phosphorus are combined in a treatment to treat retinopathy, which is damage to the eyes caused by diabetes.
2. Serum Anguillae, Arsenic Album and Lycopodium are used together to treat kidney damage (nephropathy) in diabetics.
3. Helonias, Sulphur and Phosphoric acid are taken to deal with neuropathy or nerve problems such as numbness in feet and hands.
4. Syzygium Jambolanum is combined with Secale Cornutum to treat skin ulcers, which is a common problem among diabetics.
5. For people suffering from constipation due to diabetes, Natrum Sulph, Defloratum and Carlsbad are the best medicines.
6. To improve weak memory, Phosphoric acid, Nux Vom and Kali Phos are the best remedies for diabetics.
7. Sometimes diabetics complain of extreme, incapacitating weakness. To improve energy and boost overall health, Carbo Veg, Phosphoric acid, Phosphorus and Arsenic Album are recommended.

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1. Helps lower cholesterol: 
Gram flour contains healthy unsaturated fats which help in lowering the cholesterol level of the body. 

2. Controls diabetes: 
It is a great food for diabetics. Use it in your rotis, paranthas as a replacement for flour. 

3. Helps improve health of the heart: 
Besan has high soluble fiber content which is beneficial for the health of the heart. It is also endorsed by the heart care foundation. 

4. Helps getting rid of iron deficiency: 
Being rich in iron, consumption of besan on a daily basis can help your body recover from iron deficiencies like anaemia. 

5. Useful in pregnancy: 
Gram flour is rich in folate, a vitamin which takes care of the foetus’ brain and spinal cord development and ensures a healthy well developed baby. 

6. Helps during fatigue: gram flour is a good source of the vitamin thiamin which helps the body in converting food into energy. 

7. Helps regulate mood and appetite: besan is rich in vitamin b6. Vitamin b6 is an important component involved in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin plays an important in mood and appetite regulation. 

8. Helps regulate blood pressure: 
The magnesium content of besan helps in maintaining vascular health and it also helps in the regulation of blood pressure. 

9. Helps in strengthening of bones: 
The phosphorous in gram flour combines with calcium in the body to help in the formation of bones. 

10. Very. Effective for skin care and hair care.

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  1. Abstain from tobacco: Consuming raw tobacco or smoking tobacco can be equally detrimental to your health. Tobacco increases your chances of contracting the disease. As is known, passive smoking can also affect your health adversely. Tobacco can be the potential cause behind cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, lungs, oral cavity and even the pancreas. It might harm your kidneys and cervix. It is upon you to quit tobacco at the earliest possible. One should also try and persuade friends and relatives to give up smoking.
  2. Drink alcohol in moderation: Complete abstinence from alcohol might not be possible if you have already been ushered into your work- life. The society might require you to be an occasional drinker. It is important to drink in moderation. Crossing the limit can propel consequences as serious as cancer of the stomach, pancreas, liver and the heart.
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Table of Content

Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Nutritional Value of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Health Benefits of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Lowering Cholesterol
Anticoagulant and Anti-inflammatory
Prevent Cancer
Slow down ageing
Control Diabetes
Detoxification
Anti-inflammatory
Memory and concentration
Boost Immunity
Estrogen balance
Cooling effect
Gastrointestinal disorders
Uses of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Side-Effects & Allergies of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)
Origin And Cultivation of Elephant Foot Yam (Jimikand)