"Passion Attraction Triumph Unbeaten"
"I am passionate about fitness and helping others becomes as passionate. My focus is always on helping others to understand how to adopt health, fitness and a nutrient-rich clean eating diet as a lifestyle rather than a quick fix”. Thanks to God for making this happen!
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Article # 534. Health Benefits of RAGI (Finger Millet)
Health Benefits of RAGI
Finger millet or ragi is one of the ancient millets in India (2300 BC), and this review focuses on its antiquity, consumption, nutrient composition, processing, and health benefits. Of all the cereals and millets, finger millet has the highest amount of calcium (344mg%) and potassium (408mg%). It has higher dietary fiber, minerals, and sulfur containing amino acids compared to white rice, the current major staple in India. Despite finger millet's rich nutrient profile, recent studies indicate lower consumption of millets in general by urban Indians.
An integral part of the diet of the rural population, finger millet is a highly nutritional millet. It contains nutrients like proteins, calcium, iron, thiamine and fibre, and is a gluten-free food. Due to rich fibre content, ragi is believed to be a good laxative and prevents constipation. People who suffer from liver diseases, high-blood pressure, heart weaknesses and asthma should consume roasted green finger millet. The millet is also advised to a lactating mother if she is unable to produce sufficient milk to feed her infant.
Finger millet is considered to be a boon for diabetes patients and obese people, as the digestion of ragi takes place at a slow pace and hence, glucose is released slowly into the blood. Also, ragi contains an amino acid known as Typtophan. This compound reduces the appetite, and thus, helps to control your diet. So, if you are aiming at shedding a few kilos, consuming finger millet can be of great help.
It is specially recommended to kids, as the millet is rich in calcium, and therefore helps in proper growth and development. Being a rich source of iron, finger millet is good for all those suffering from anaemia. The millet helps to raise the haemoglobin level. Ragi helps to fight malnutrition and degenerative diseases. It also works well as an anti-ageing agent.
There are many other health benefits of ragi as follows: 1. Bone Development. 2. Weight Loss. 3. Acts as a relaxant. 4. Reduces high glucose levels in the blood. 5. Acts as a good source of protein/amino acids. 6. Lowers blood cholesterol levels. 7. Prevents and treats anaemia.