7 health benefits of Jicama (pronounced HEE-kuh-muh)

Jicama is  a starchy, slightly sweet root popular in Mexico. It looks like an ugly brown turnip (and is sometimes called Mexican turnip) and, when raw,  has the crunchy texture of a firm pear or a raw potato.  You can eat it raw, sauteed, in a stir fry or in a Mexican fruit salad seasoned with lime juice and chilli peppers.

1. Jicama is full health-boosting vitamins and minerals, including  vitamin C. Because of its high vitamin C content Jicama is great for boosting the immune system, supporting eye and skin health, and helping with anti-inflammatory action in the body to reduce everything from arthritis to a stuffy nose and watery eyes. 

2. Jicama is very low in  sodium and hardly any fat (around .01% of polyunsaturated fat per one medium size jicama root) so it supports heart health and maintains  a healthy weight.

3. Due to containing low calories and being high in fiber, the root is a great tool for weight loss.

4. The soluble fiber in Jicama is excellent for lowering cholesterol as well. It also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and boosts digestive health.

5. One small Jicama root contains about 4 milligrams of iron – that amounts to about 22% of the daily recommended allowance and Iron is responsible for making sure our red blood cells have enough oxygen, and helps to boost our energy levels.

6. Jicama is full of potassium (around 989 milligrams for one medium root), calcium and magnesium – all important trace minerals for our sustained health.

7. Jicama contains vitamin B-6, the vitamin that supports healthy brain functioning, and helps our body to break down protein into usable energy. B6 also supports nerve functioning, helps to form red blood cells, and helps to synthesize antibodies that fight foreign viruses and bacteria in our body.

 

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