10 Benefits of Jimikand (Elephant Foot Yam) for Weight Loss & Skin

Jimikand or Elephant Foot Yam is a tropical vegetable, used for various cuisines and raised as cash crop. Though, it is not a fancy vegetable, however, it is known for many important health benefits such as weight loss, skin beauty, obesity, heart diseases, etc.

Wonder Benefits of Jimikand (Elephant Foot Yam) for Weight Loss and Skin
Elephant Foot Yam

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10 wonder benefits of Jimikand

  1. Weight Loss-Elephant Foot Yam is known for healthy gut bacteria that plays important role in the digestion process. If somebody is having the problem of acidity and bloating, weight loss can be achieved by these people by using this vegetable. It also has fiber, which is effective in controlling of weight.
  2. Skin glowing– Suran contains a phytochemical called ‘Isoflavones’, which has the capacity to combat many skin issues such as pigmentation and roughness.
  3. Control obesity-the veggie is full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that give the feeling of full stomach. Thus eating it on regular basis will help to overcome obesity.
  4. Lifestyle diseases-The vegetable is also effective against lifestyle related disorders such as diabetes and heart diseases due to the presence of multiples nutrients.  
  5. Good for digestion– The Elephant Foot Yam is warm in nature, which helps to stimulate bile secretion and improves metabolism thus good for digestion.
  6. Regulates hormones production– Very few people know the significance of Jimikand in hormones production. The vegetable regulates the production of hormones in the body. Accordingly, it makes one healthier.
  7. Worms prevention-The eating of Elephant Foot Yam on regular basis is good for the treatment of worms and also beneficial for the health of liver.
  8. Cancer prevention– The vegetable contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substances that help to protect you from cancer.
  9. Improves memory-It contains a biochemical called diosgenin that help to enhance memory.
  10. Detoxifier-It is considered as one of the best detoxifiers.


Jimikand Cooking tips

After peeling the bark of Suran, it should be washed thoroughly to remove dust and dirt.  Since, it has stringent properties, it should be boiled in vinegar water. Unless or until, you are ready to make dishes from this veggie, it should be kept submerged in water as it tends to discolour.

Jimikand dishes

  • Chips- Tasty and crunchy chips can be made from this dish. The finely cut slice of it if boil on hot oil, give you a tasty snack.
  • Curry- This is also one of the good ingredients to make curry along with onion, tomato thereby mixing with other spices.

Different names of Jimikand

  • Suran in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
  • Elephant Foot Yam
  • Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
  • Whitespot Giant Arum
  • Ol in Bangaldesh
  • Oal in Bihar
  • Zimmikanda in Chhattisgarh
  • Batema in Tripura
  • Suvarnagadde in Karnataka
  • Chena in Kerala
  • Kaaraa Karunai Kizangu in Tamil Nadu
  • Kaan or oal in Nepal
  • Pongapong in Philippines

Best uses of Jimikand

  • It is used in curries.
  • The leaves, stems and corms are used as vegetables.
  • In some places, it is used as pickles.
  • Used as chutney along with mango and ginger.
  • Its steamed pieces are also used.
  • Its flower is used to make different types of dishes.
  • As a medicine, it is also used in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha.
  • It is also beneficial in the treatment of piles. 

Nutrition facts of Jimikand

It contains sufficient amount of:

  • Calories
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrate
  • Protein
  • Potassium
  • Fiber
  • It also contains vitamin B6; vitamin B1, riboflavin, folic acid, niacin, vitamin A and beta-carotene.

Jimikand Precautions

  • Patients of gout, kidney stones and hyper acidity should avoid it.
  • Patients suffering from asthma/chronic cold should not take it.
  • Pregnant women or lactating mother should consume it only after the consultation of the physician.
  • It should be skipped in case of sinus.
  • Drinking of yam juice can also cause  vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.


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