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Alternative Names

Yacin, Peruvian ground apple, Jícama, Aricoma, Arboloco, Aricona, Arikuma, Colla, Chiriguano, Ipio, Iacón, Jiquima, Jikima, Jiquimilla, Leafcup, Llacon, Llacoma, Mexican potato, Polaco, Poire de terre, Potato bean, Puhe, Shicama, Taraca, Yacón, Yacuma, Yacumpi

Scientific Name

Smallantus Sonchifolius

Why Do People Use Yacon?

Oral preparations of Smallantus sonchifolius (Yacon), like yacon powder, are these days being sold as a treatment for diabetes, but no blood sugar lowering effect has been seen with the use of yacon. But, it does contain a number of sugars that are not degraded opposite to the table sugar, and has a sweet taste. That’s why, it can be used as a sugar alternative. However, the users should be aware that it has no blood sugar lowering effect, as marketed by a number of sellers.

Is It Safe To Use?

There is no information available to rate the safety of yacon powder.

How Effective Is Yacon?

The leaves of yacon may increase the effectiveness of diabetic and insulin drugs.

How Yacon Works?

The Smallantus sonchifolius tuber or root is a rich source (up to 67%) of fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Such mixes help provide the tuber its sweet flavor; however most of these sugars are not promptly metabolized or digested by human alimentary tract. Hence, use of yacon has shown promise to be used as a food item as a base for a low calorie sweetener for diabetics. The oligofructans in yacon powder have been classified as "prebiotics." Since they are not digested in the human gastrointestinal tract, they are transported to the colon where they are aged by probiotic bacteria- particularly Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus- and help adjust gut flora and help absorption. Yacon tubers are also rich in free glucose, fructose and sucrose; in addition to having starch and inulin. Both the leaves and tuber of the plant contain ferulic, chlorogenic and caffeic acids, which are known to have an antioxidant effects. Number of sesquiterpene lactones can be found in the leaves of the yacon plants, which have shown to have antifungal and antibacterial activities in lab tests. Different chemicals found in yacon include: caffeic-acid, y-cadinene, chlorogenic-acid, 3-caffeoylquinic-acid, 2,5-dicaffeoylaltraric-acid, 2,4-dicaffeoylaltraric-acid, 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic-acid, 3,5-dicaffeoylaltraric-acid, fluctuanin, gallic-acid, enhydrin, ferulic-acid, inulin, gentisic-acid, oligofructans, melampolides, protocatechuic-acid, beta-pinene, sonchifolin, rosmarinic-acid, 2,3,5-tricaffeoylaltraric-acid, tryptophan, uvedalin and 2,4,5-tricaffeoylaltraric-acid.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Yacon?

Excessive dosage may result in flatulence and stomach distress in some cases.

How Yacon Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Not known.

How Yacon Interacts With Drugs?

No information available.

How Yacon Interacts With Foods?

No data available.

How Yacon Interacts With Lab Tests?

No information available.

How Yacon Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Not known.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Yacon?

There is no specific oral or topical dosage of yacon powder.



General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Yacon Root Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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