Health benefits of this under-rated wonder grain called ragi

Even though India is the highest producer of finger millet (ragi), very few Indians know about its health benefits and nutritional value. If you're among those who are unaware about the benefits of including nachni in your diet, we give you 10 reasons why you should.

Regulates glucose levels: The high polyphenol and fibre content has other perks. Diabetic patients can trust ragi to create a restrained build in glucose level. Diets that regularly incorporate ragi have been known to have lower glycemic response.

Battles anemia: Ragi is an amazing source of natural iron. Patients of anaemia and low haemoglobin levels can begin to include ragi in their diets as a home remedy. Also, once ragi is allowed to sprout, the vitamin C levels increase. It lead to further absorption of iron into the bloodstream.

Natural relaxant: The sufficient measure of amino acids and cancer prevention agents in ragi help the body unwind normally. Regular illnesses like nervousness, sleep deprivation, migraines and depression can be combat with ragi. The amino acid called Tryptophan is a major contributor to the relaxing effects of ragi.

Reduces the risk of stroke: When it is still green, ragi can help prevent high blood pressure. The cholesterol levels in the blood can be regulated too. As a result the risk for hypertension and stroke goes down significantly.

Gluten-free: People with celiac disease or followers of the gluten-free diet can include ragi into their daily consumption as it is completely free of gluten. Not many cereals can boast of this property since gluten is a major nutrient in all cereals.

Best baby food: In Southern India, where ragi is widely consumed, babies as old as 28 days are fed ragi porridge. It is said that ragi promotes better digestion. The high calcium and iron content is useful for the bone growth and overall development of the infant. There are specially-processed ragi powders for infants which are available widely to be used during weaning.

Boosts lactation: A major population of lactating mothers are urged to include ragi. When ragi is green, it enhances milk handling and imbibes the milk with the essential amino acids, iron and calcium required for the nutrition of the mother as well as the child.

Rich in calcium: Ragi is the cereal with highest calcium content. Calcium plays a significant role when it comes to bone development and prevention of osteoporosis. Consuming ragi by replacing calcium pills in the diet of growing children is a good way to reap its benefits.

Aids in weight loss: Substituting it for wheat and rice is a good choice for people trying to lose weight.The natural fat content in ragi is much lower than all other cereals. Also, this fat is in its unsaturated form.

But, remember, excess of anything is wrong. The same goes with ragi as well. High consumption of ragi should be avoided as it could increase the quantity of oxalic acid in the body. Therefore, it is not advisable to patients having kidney stones and urinary calculi.

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