Chinese Wild Yam or Cinnamon Vine grows in the US, Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Asia, and other countries in moist loamy soils that produces a very large tuber that is very nutritious and has many health benefits, and have a slightly nutty flavor and light texture and can be used just like potatoes but with many more health benefits.
Sometimes called “Name” (pronounced Nam-A), these tubers can grow up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 5 lbs. These tubers are used for food and are full of vitamin C, DHEA, trace minerals, glutamine, mucilage, fiber, protein, and enzymes such as amylase.
Lower Cholesterol – Chinese Wild Yams are full of DHEA which is a natural steroid that the body produces and works wonders for lowering bad cholesterol or LDL levels, triglycerides, and increases HDL or good cholesterol, helps with obesity, and slows the aging process.
Powerful Antioxidants – Plus Chinese Wild Yams are full of powerful antioxidants that help the body boost the immune system and fight off cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even cancer.
Lower Blood Pressure and Heal Kidney and Liver Disease – And studies show that Chinese Wild Yam or Cinnamon Vine Tuber can lower blood pressure. And in more studies this great tasting yam worked well for preventing and healing liver and kidney disease… that’s why in Traditional Chinese Medicine wild yam is well known for healing liver and kidney YIN or life energy.
IBS and Menopause – Chinese Wild Yam can help with the symptoms of menopause, and also works well for calming the GI tract, ending cramps, soothing way abdominal pain in cases of IBS, diverticulosis, and other GI challenges.
Anti-Inflammatory Agent – Chinese Wild Yam or Cinnamon Vine Tuber can help with inflammation thus helping with muscle pain, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions.
Anti-Fungal and Anti-Cancer – The skin of the Chinese Wild Yam is full of natural anti-fungal compounds that work well for killing fungus. And other compounds found in the tuber are natural cancer inhibitors and also kill cancer cells. Cancer studies with mice show that when given tuber compounds their life span is greatly increased.
Lower Blood Sugar – Chinese Wild Yam can lower blood sugar levels and thus help those suffering from diabetes.
Adrenal Healing – Animals studies show a significant increase in function of the adrenal gland, thus helping with stress and other adrenal associated diseases.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – In Chinese Medicine these yams are well known for toning the lungs, kidneys, and spleen and thus help with asthma, urinary problems, diabetes, and female reproductive challenges. Plus a paste made from the tuber can be used for external treatment of boils and skin ulcers.
Beautiful Plant – The plant itself is very beautiful and was brought to the US as a climbing ivy like plant… but it’s very evasive and takes over, but works well for large expansive areas of greenery.
These wonderful yams are commercially farmed in Florida, and you can buy “Name, Chinese Wild Yam or Cinnamon Vine Tuber” at your local Asian Market, Latin American Market, and other markets… and it can also be found in the wild as a free food.
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