Yucca is a root vegetable, or tuber, that grows in tropical regions of the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Today you can find it in stores around the world.
In today’s article we’ll explain why yucca is more than just a food with interesting nutritional value – it’s highly recommended as a way to naturally fight arthritis.
This vegetable looks, on the outside, like a log, but it comes from a shrub and contains a high content of complex carbohydrates, making it a high-energy food.
Because of its texture, flavor, and comparable nutritional value, yucca is often compared to potatoes and sweet potatoes, and these can even be substituted for one another in certain recipes.
Why does yucca help fight arthritis?
According to some studies, yucca contains a compound known as saponin that has the power to improve joint pain related to arthritis, while also slowing the process of deterioration.
Another great advantage of yucca is that it avoids the risk of side effects like digestive problems that often result from taking conventional medications.
Eating yucca every day can reduce the pain, swelling, and stiffness that arthritis causes.
Who should eat yucca?
Yucca is tremendously popular in a lot of countries where it’s readily available. Its price is also much lower than other foods, so it has become a dietary staple in these regions.
Yucca is known for the energy it packs in the flesh of the root, making it an ideal option for children, adolescents, athletes, and people who perform hard physical labor.
It’s also very easy to digest, and can even be beneficial for people who suffer from digestive disorders like heartburn, stomach ulcers, or gastritis.
How should you prepare it?
It’s possible to consume yucca as a food, or even as a supplement:
- If you choose the supplement form, take it for three months, then wait three, and repeat. You can also take yucca supplements during acute arthritis outbreaks.
- If you prefer to eat it with your meals, cook it just as you would any potato. You can try it in omelets, stews, baked on its own, fried, and more.
Importantly, yucca is not only a gluten free food, but it’s also incorporated into many recipes for people with celiac disease. Yucca flour can be used to bake breads and cakes with the same delicious flavor and texture as regular flour.
- 1 1/2 cup of water (300 ml)
- 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of sea salt (10 g)
- 200 g of cheese
- 500 g of yucca flour
- Optional spices: garlic, paprika, ground pepper, etc.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat all ingredients together until you form a smooth, homogeneous batter.
- Pour the batter into muffin trays, filling the cups less than half full. Make sure you spray the cups with oil to avoid sticking. Silicone molds can also be used, and require less oil.
- Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees on a low tray in the oven to let them rise easily.
- Eat them while they’re warm.
Other beneficial foodsThe following are additional foods that help fight the symptoms of arthritis:
- Turmeric: this spice is excellent for treating inflammation and pain
- Salt water: it’s rich in minerals to strengthen the bones and joints
- Broccoli: fights inflammation, cancer, is an antioxidant, and promotes healing. Only cook it long enough to make it soft and never lose the green color, or you’re taking away its beneficial properties
- Licorice: this herb acts as a natural kind of cortisone, avoiding the side effects of the traditional medicine
- Onion: onions reduce inflammation while removing toxins from your kidneys
- Garlic: garlic is a medicinal food for numerous diseases, including arthritis. One excellent treatment is the Tibetan garlic cure
- Green tea: this beverage is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids that help reduce inflammation