Jíquima: Ecuador yacón, llacón:
Peru, Bolivia llakuma (Quechua): Peru, Bolivia aricoma
A distant relative of the sunflower, yacón
grows from Venezuela to Argentina at altitudes under
3,300 meters, in climates that are warmer and more
humid than those in which other tubers usually grow.
Yacón usually grows in small farm orchards
in intermontane valleys. The area of the crop has
not expanded much in recent decades. In some Andean
valleys, yacón is sold at market fairs, especially
in November for All Saints’ Day.
This root has little variability. It mainly has white
or yellowish transparent flesh.
The root contains 86-90% water and only traces of
protein and lipids. It is high in oligofructose (also
called fructo-oligosaccharide), a dietary sugar, which
the human body does not metabolize, hence its potential
use for diabetics and in body weight control. Moreover,
increased intake of oligofructose has been associated
with improved gut health because of the stimulation
of (beneficial) bifidus bacteria in the colon.
Yacón can be eaten raw, just like a fruit.
Once the roots have been dried in the sun, they become
sweeter. In Cusco, Peru, during the Inti Raymi festivities
in June, yacón is traditionally sold under
the name of "cocashka."
May assist on the treatment for diabetes. Helps to
alleviate Gastrointestinal problems. Helps reducing
the levels of glucose in the blood. Helps reducing
cholesterol and triglycerides. Used combined with
Seaweed to loose weight. Assists as an antioxidant
Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius)
is an all natural herbal medicine that helps stabilize
blood sugar fluctuations. Studies have shown that
the leaves of the Yacon plant, which these capsules
are made from, have the ability to reduce glucose
levels in the blood. The implication for diabetes
is significant. Yacon helps reduce the body's resistance
to insulin so that it can work naturally. This process
helps the body function in the way that it is intended
to. Often other medicines cause stomach discomfort
or have other side effects. Yacon is an all natural
product that helps the body perform it's natural functions.
The other instance of diabetes, where the body is
not producing the right amount of insulin or it has
become resistant to the insulin itself is called Diabetes
Type II (non-insulin-dependent diabetes).
People with Diabetes Type II do have methods to help
control their diabetes.
Yacon and Diabetes:
Yacon helps maintain normal blood sugar levels in
the body by re-sensitizing the body to the effects
of insulin. With the help of Yacon, the body increases
the effective utilization of insulin thus allowing
the body to regulate itself more eas
Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people
young and old alike. Diabetes is an incurable disease
that affects its victims physically and emotionally.
What Causes Diabetes? Glucose circulates in the blood
stream where it is available for body cells to use.
In people without diabetes, the pancreas makes the
correct amount of insulin needed to allow glucose
to enter body cells. In people with diabetes, however,
not enough insulin is produced. A severe deficiency
of insulin causes excess breakdown of stored fats
There are two kinds of diabetes. Insulin-Dependent
diabetes, also known as Diabetes I, and Non-Insulin-Dependant
Diabetes, also called Diabetes II. Diabetes I, most
often develops in children and young adults. Diabetes
II occurs when the pancreas creates insulin through
beta cells inside of the pancreas. Once the beta cells
stop producing insulin in the child’s pancreas,
they will never start producing insulin again. Diabetes
is not beyond control.
Medication is available. Type II Diabetes does have
oral medication to help treat it. This natural medicine
(Yacon) acts by lowering cells' resistance to insulin,
a common problem in Type II diabetes. This new medicine
helps Type II diabetics make better use of their own
insulin by resensitizing body tissues to the insulin.