News reaches us that a hair loss sufferer was conned into parting with over a thousand dollars for a sacred vegetable cure. We thought it worth a closer look.
What Makes A Vegetable Sacred?
In ancient Chinese belief, any vegetable shaped like a human was considered to be imbued with life by the deities. Naturally, anybody eating this vegetable would receive a profound improvement in their health and could expect a significantly lengthened life. Consequently, these human shaped vegetables can command a very high price.
We previously covered the tragic story of the student who, in an attempt to defeat his own androgenetic alopecia (typical male pattern baldness), ate so much of the medicine prescribed by his traditional Chinese herbalist that his liver failed. So we should be relieved that the central character in this story only lost some money and suffered no ill-effects from consuming the most expensive yam he will ever eat. His story made the news because it turned out that the roadside vendor, from whom he acquired the sacred yam, had in fact created it by simply putting it into a human shaped retainer as it grew.
In Defence Of Yam
It is not the fault of the yam it got caught up in this story, no doubt evolution dictated that it was an easy target for a devious veg seller who wanted to grow human shaped product. In fact yam, as well as being used as a salve for ulcers, boils and abscesses, is a valuable addition to the diet of any hair loss sufferer. It contains a wealth of minerals: copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. It is also an excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins. It provides adequate daily requirements of pyridoxine (vitamin B6), thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin, folates, pantothenic acid and niacin. Fresh it is also a good source of vitamin C (a third of your daily requirement in a portion) and has some vitamin A.
Just don't pay a thousand bucks for one. Even if it is shaped like a human.
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