Yam – Properties and Medicinal uses

Botanical name: Dioscorea slats L. French name: Igname Spanish name: Papa, Batata de China, Name Yams are the tubers of various vines of the genus Dioscorea, all belonging to the botanical family Dioscoreaceae. Almost all the various types of yams are between 2-5 kilos in weight with a whitish flesh. However, they may differ in…… Continue reading Yam – Properties and Medicinal uses

Squash – Properties and Medicinal uses

Squash is one of the numerous gourds of the genus Cucurbita. It possess numerous health benefits ranging from strengthening the immune system, preventing cardiovascular diseases, to relieving constipation. Most of the medicinal properties of squash are mainly due to its diuretic, laxative, hypotensive, and anti-carcinogenic effects. Botanical name: Cucurbita pepo L. Other names: Pumpkin, Coyote melon,…… Continue reading Squash – Properties and Medicinal uses

Sunflower seeds – Properties and medicinal uses

Botanical name: Helianthus annuus L. Sunflower seeds are the seeds from the sunflower plant, Helianthus annuus., an annual plant of the botanical family Solanaceae Compositae which reaches a height of about two meters. This sunflower seed is known for its richness in vitamin E and B1, and linoleic acid, which gives it healing power in…… Continue reading Sunflower seeds – Properties and medicinal uses

Guava – Properties and medicinal uses

Botanical name: Psidium guajaba L. Other names: Goyave, Guyaba, Guayaba, common guava Guava is the fruit of the guava tree, Psidium guajaba L., a tree of the botanical family Myrtaceae, which reaches up to 6 meters in height. What are the properties of Guava fruit • Guava contains carbohydrates in reasonable amounts, representing about 6%…… Continue reading Guava – Properties and medicinal uses

Pear – Properties and medicinal uses

In this article, we will be looking at the nutritional value and health benefits of pear. Properties of pear • Pear contains a reasonable amount of sugars (mainly fructose) and very little protein content. Fructose being the main sugar present in pears, makes it well tolerated by diabetics. • Pears contains certain important minerals like…… Continue reading Pear – Properties and medicinal uses