The elephant yam can be described as an edible tuber, which is one of the most widely consumed food crops, mainly in the tropical regions. This tuber is called elephant yam because the plant that it is derived from is quite huge and resembles the foot of an elephant to a great extent.
Yam - The Powerhouse of Nutrients
Yams contain high carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and dietary fibers. They are known to help the digestive system, being high in fiber, can be used for weight loss because of this, but have also other known benefits. They help reduce LDL (the bad cholesterol) and are thus good for heart health. They are effective against hypertension, apparently also have anti-ageing properties and help maintain the hormonal balance in women. Moreover, they are even credited with increasing the production of red blood cells.