Qual è il beneficio medicinale della manioca?
Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is a starch-tuber in the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae) of plants. It has its origins from the South-American forests. It has come to be a staple food for the indigenous people of many parts of Africa, Asia, and South America for centuries.
It is grown a perennial crop, one that grows best under tropical, moist, fertile, and well-drained soils. The mature plant reaches about 2-4 m in height. In the fields, its cut-stem sections are planted in soil to propagate. After about 8-10 months of the plantation, the tubers grow downwards in a radial fashion, deep into the soil up to the depth of 2-4 feet.
Each tuber weighs one to several pounds depending on the typenof cultivation involved. It exterior is gray-brown, and has a rough and woody texture. Its interior is white and starch-rich.
The medicinal benefits of cassava include the following:
- Cassava contains significant amounts of the B-complex vitamins such as thiamin and riboflavin.
- Cassava is also free from gluten. This means that its gluten-free starch can be used in food preparations for victims of celiac disease.
- Cassava is also very low in fats and protein, as compared to other foods in the carbohydrate family, such as cereals.
- Cassava also has substantial amounts of potassium (about 271 mg per 100g or 6% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)). Potassium is vital for the regulation of heart rate and blood pressure.
- The young, tender cassava leaves are a top source of vitamin-K. Vitamin-K, on its own, is helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain