Cassava or manihot esculenta, the superfood used by the Mayas.

What is cassava?

It is a herb that originates in Central America, where evidence was found that it has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years.

Despite its origin, it is also found in the tropical areas of Africa and certain parts of Asia.

As for its appearance, it is a perennial plant of considerable height, as it reaches up to 2 meters. Its roots, the most used part of this herb, are elongated and cylindrical in shape.

They are covered by a strong and woody crust, which is not eaten. Inside is the pulp which, depending on the variety, will be white or slightly yellowish. You should avoid leaving it long without bark because it oxidizes too quickly.

Its scientific name is manihot esculenta and it is not known for sure where it comes from. There is a more widespread and accepted theory about the word “yuca”. Apparently, its origin is in the word Yucatan, because it is where its cultivation began.

In each country it is known in a different way. The most common are:

Aipim.
Casabe.
Casava.
Guacamota.
Cassava.
Tapioca.

There are multiple species of this herb, some even wild, but we will focus on the one cultivated by man.
Preparation of the cassava, how can you take it?

As with other roots, such as potato for example, you can eat this food in many different ways. Only two simple precautions should be taken into account:

Peel it first: we’ve already told you. Its bark is hard and inedible.
Never eat it raw: It contains toxins that are only eliminated if you cook it first.

Once you know this, you can prepare a lot of recipes with cassava, for example:

Yuca frita: as if they were potatoes.
Cassava bread: crushing the root until a flour is obtained to make it.
Cooked cassava: if you don’t want or are avoiding too much oil.
Baked cassava: another healthy way to eat it.

Those are just some of the ways you can opt for… there are many more!
Properties of cassava, what is it used for?

There comes the moment you are interested in, which is to see all the good that the manihot esculenta brings to your body.

As we have told you above, the human being has been cultivating it for 4,000 years… for something!
1. Power supply

If you are a person who is practicing a lot of sports or you are having a time of lack of energy, incorporating cassava into your diet may be the solution.

All thanks to its interior has minerals like:

Zinc.
Copper.
Magnesium.

All of them will help you perform better in your discipline. But it doesn’t end here. It also provides potassium and will make your heart rate and blood pressure better regulated.
2. Skin-related problems

In this case its use is done externally, through its leaves or crushing its root until it becomes dust. The ailments you can treat are:

Abrasion or intoxication: in this case you must use the leaves.
Burns and irritations: For these problems, dust is ideal.

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3. Get stronger bones

It is a food with a high amount of calcium, so it is not only good for longer lasting bones, but also for teeth that can handle everything.

So much so, that cassava is recommended for all people who suffer from osteoporosis, a disease that affects the bones making them thinner and weaker.

In fact, its consumption is recommended from the age of 35 years to avoid dislocations or that are less serious.
4. Cleans your body from the inside out

Whether you want to eliminate toxins from your body or do a purification, taking cassava is an excellent option.

All thanks to a substance present in it called resvetarol, which helps to:

Reduce what is known as bad cholesterol.
Make blood flow more easily.
The number of platelets increases.