Jimikand or Suran is known as Elephant foot yam in English. It is an edible tuber vegetable which is commonly found in various tropical countries. This vegetable is highly popular in Africa, but now many Asian countries like India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia also love to eat this tuber. It has both nutritive as well as medicinal properties. This vegetable is fraught with appetizing, carminative, digestive, stomachic, expectorant, immunity boosting, haemostatic, diuretic , blood pressure lowering and cooling properties. It is loaded with carbohydrate, protein, dietary fiber, vitamin such as vitamin A, B1,B2, B3,B6, E and K. It also has good amount of iron, calcium, copper, selenium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium minerals.
Common Names of Amorphophallus Paeoniifolius
Suran or jimikand – in Hindi
Senai Kizhangu – in Tamilnadu
Suvarna Gedde- in Karnataka
Ol – In Bengal
Chena – in Kerala
Oluo – in Odisha
Jimikand Health Benefits
Lack of Energy
There are many causes of fatigue or tiredness or lack of energy, You can prevent this problem by eating energy boosting foods such as jimikand, almonds, coconut, kale, yogurt, citrus fruits, whole grains, sprouts, eggs, lentils, banana and so forth. You can make an excellent energy tonic by using suran and other herbs listed below.
Burdock fruit – 10 grams
Kinoo fruit- 20 grams
Jimikand – 20 grams
China and glehnia root – 10 grams
Snow lotus root- 20 grams
Haimavati- 10 grams
Ginseng root-10 grams
Stevia leaves- 20 grams
Mulethi – 10 grams
Laung or cloves- five grams
How to make
Grind all ingredients to get fine powder. Boil half teaspoon of the resultant paowder with a cup of water. Add honey and have it in the morning. This will increase your stamina and keep you energetic all day long. This will detoxify your body and improve your digestion and immune system.
Jimikand is good for Digestion
Eating suran regularly can help you improve your digestive health. This yam is loaded with antispasmodic, inflammation fighting, carminative, appetizing, digestive and stomachic properties. These effects help improve digestion and appetite. This vegetable is effective in curing abdominal cramping, flatulence, bloating, dysentery, worm infestation, ulcers, excessive stomach acid and many other stomach related issues. Regular consumption of jimikand can help alleviate various types of gastrointestinal problems including constipation, irregular bowel movements, upset stomach and piles.
You know jimikand is loaded with dietary fiber hence it is quite beneficial in the prevention of colon cancer. Moreover, this vegetable is also rich in vitamin A content. This vitamin is beneficial in preventing lung and oral cavity cancers.
Good Immune Power
Since this vegetable is rich in immunity friendly nutrients such as manganese, magnesium, vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and potassium hence it can be used to boost the immune system. Include this vegetable into your diet menu to get essential nutrients and a better immune system.
Piles cure with Elephant yam
Piles are really very painful. It is mainly caused due to chronic constipation, too much straining, excessive sitting and eating spicy, oily and unhealthy foods. There are many other causes of piles or hemorrhoids. You can cure this problem by using jimikand. All you have to do is to cut suran in small and thin pieces and dry them in sunlight. Make a powder out of them. Take half to one teaspoon of this powder with water twice daily. You should make a balanced and healthy diet menu to prevent this painful problem.
Suran for Cardiovascular Health
Another health advantage of eating jimikand is that it is really very helpful in maintaining good cardiovascular health. There are various reasons that show the goodness of this vegetable for heart health and they are.
- Suran is known for its cooling properties. Body cooling effect helps lower the blood pressure.
- Presence of potassium makes it an effective blood pressure lowering ingredient. Potassium is also good for the heart’s health.
- Jimikand vegetable is high in omega-3 fatty acids that help lower the bad cholesterol in the body. Low cholesterol means low risk of any cardiovascular disease.
- This vegetable also has anti-coagulating effects that helps prevent the problem of blood clotting in veins and arteries.
- Elephant foot yam is blessed with vitamin B6. This vitamin is helpful in breaking down homocystein, a substance whose increased concentration is said to be responsible for heart diseases. It damages blood vessels by increasing blood clots. Regular, consumption of elephant yam may help prevent the occurrence of heart attacks.
Elephant foot yam is said to be estrogen boosting food. This benefit makes jimikand an excellent food for those who want to increase the estrogen level.Vitamin B6 and antispasmodic properties of this yam helps prevent and cure the symptoms of PMS or Pre Menstrual Syndrome. If you are a pregnant or lactating mother then you must take the approval of your doctor before consuming this vegetable.
Elephant yam is a low calorie food which is fully packed with dietary fiber. High fiber content and nutrients make jimikand a good slimming food for those who are looking to lose weight. Eating fiber rich food will keep you full for longer and as a result you’ll eat less. You can really enjoy nicely cooked vegetable without any fear of weight gain. Some people drink a mixture of bitter gourd and jimikand vegetable juice. This juice is said to be a great weight loss aid. However, too much intake of this juice may be dangerous. So, always consult with your physician or reputed ayurvedic practitioner before using this juice for weight loss.
You all know this fact that jimikand has a low glycemic index and hence people with diabetes can freely enjoy it without any fear of blood-sugar spike.
Beauty (Skin and Hair Care) Benefits of Jimikand
It has a awesome store house of skin friendly nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and various minerals. These all nutrients not only help prevent signs of aging but also keep your skin glowing and younger looking. Suran is also a storehouse of anti-oxidants that help keep skin soft, tight and healthy looking.
Vitamin A and other nutrients present in jimikand are helpful in promoting hair growth and stomach hair fall. Deficiency of beta-carotene is responsible for dry hair, split ends and flaky scalp. So, consume this vegetable regularly to get an adequate shot of beta carotene. Vitamin B6 of yam is helpful in preventing and curing hair graying.
Some other Health Benefits of Suran
It helps amplifies the production of red blood cells.
It is also beneficial in treating urinary problems, cough and rheumatism.
Protein and calcium content of this vegetable make it an effective bone and muscle strengthening ingredient.
It helps keep the body well nourished.
It is also said to be effective in healing wounds, boils and abscesses.
In ayurveda it is used to cure seminal weakness and general debility.
It is also beneficial in curing enlarged prostate. Suran is boiled with butter milk to create an effective remedy for prostate.
Jimikand is said to have some relaxing effects and hence it is also good for those who are dealing with stress and anxiety.
Selection and Storage
Elephant foot yam can be bought from the nearby market. It is readily available in monsoon season. Always try to select fresh, whole, smooth and small vegetable and avoid one that is large and dried. Also, discard one with bruised skin and irregular shape. It can be stored up to one month at room temperature in dry, cool and well ventilated place. You can enjoy it by making bhajia, sabji, pakaude, achaar(pickle) and add it while preparing various dishes.
How much is Too Much
Avoid eating too much jimikand as it may cause various health related problems. So, eat it in moderation and of course after proper cooking. It is good for cardiovascular health and digestion, however you should avoid it is you are suffering from any digestive or heart problem.
Side Effects of Eating Jimikand (Elephant foot Yam)
The first side effect is that it may cause throat irritation in some people. Cook it properly to avoid such adverse effect.
Avoid its use during pregnancy and lactation.
It is a cooling food so avoid it if you are dealing with sinus, asthma, fever and cold.
Intake of elephant foot yam juice may cause side effects like vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and headache.
Now, you are familiar with the health benefits and side effects of suran or jimikand. Include it in your diet menu to get a good shot of essential nutrients. Consult with your doctor before using its juice or another other remedy to treat any health related concern.