Naatu Kambu Pearl Millet Bajra Gantilu Sajje (கம்பு) W
Naatu Kambu Pearl Millet Bajra Gantilu Sajje (கம்பு) W
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Naatu Kambu Pearl Millet Bajra Gantilu Sajje (கம்பு)
Pearl Millet (Hindi: Bajra, Tamil: Kambu, Telugu: Gantilu, Kannada: Sajje)
In your childhood, you might have learned about cereals and different crops.
But, in this world of pollution and immense diseases, have you ever gone back in memories and thought which was the best cereal that could grow well and would give great health benefits and the one that could help us to prevent and cure us of diseases?
There is an answer to all your questions in this article?It is the Pearl Millet.
Pearl Millet is rich in minerals, proteins, fiber and has a high starch content.
Millets are easily digestible, it can minimize the risk of diabetes, it helps prevent the gallstones, it lowers the blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attacks; it cures stomach ulcers.
Millets contribute in losing weight and is good for bone health and nervous system. Millets can do wonders, and many recipes can be made from Pearl Millets.
So, let’s begin to know more about it.
What Is Pearl Millet?
Pearl Millet is a cereal crop. Its biological name is Pennisetum glaucum.
Millet in India is called as ‘Bajra.’ It grows in arid and semi-arid tropical regions of the world. Millet is cultivated in India and Africa.
Millet is one of the primary sources of dietary energy. It gives nutritional security to poor farmers and consumers.
Pearl millet is adapted to many growing areas distinguished by drought, low soil fertility, and high temperature. It also grows well in high salinity and low pH soil. It can tolerate difficult growing conditions and can be cultivated well.
India is the largest producer of pearl millet. It is mainly grown in Rajasthan as it needs moderate amounts of water and is gluten free.
Millet is a low input crop, and it responds to fertile soil conditions and good management practices.
Millet is also known as bird food. It can be creamy as mashed potatoes and fluffy as rice. It has an essential taste and has great nutrient value.
Nutritional Value Of Pearl Millet
Pearl Millet is high in proteins, calcium, folic acid and fat. It has essential compounds like phytic acid and niacin.
It is a good source of fiber. Millet is rich in minerals like phosphorus and zinc and has a high starch content.
It is famous for its high iron content.
These can be easily seen if you take about 100g of millet.
100 gm of millets has 10.6g of proteins, 16g of iron, 1.3g of fiber, 2.3g of minerals. It has 378 calories. It gives about 73% of carbohydrates and 0.4g of fats.
It favorably provides 0.8% of calcium, 37.5% of copper, 28.5% of magnesium, 81.6% of manganese, 28.5% of phosphorus and 5.57% of potassium.
So, we can say It has various vitamin contents as Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate and Pantothenic acid.
It also has minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, zinc, manganese, copper and selenium.
Millets have Omega 6 fatty acids that are beneficial for the human body.
Millets contain all essential amino acids and are particularly high in lysine, methionine, and cysteine.
Health Benefits Of Pearl Millet
Pearl Millet is an important grain that contributes to the remarkable health benefits.
1. Healthy Digestion
Millet is rich in fiber. It eliminates gastrointestinal disorders like constipation, cramping, and excess gas. It improves digestion process.
Thus, increases the nutrient retention power of the system. Thereafter, optimizes kidney, liver and boosts the immune system.
2. Treats Stomach Ulcers
Pearl millet is beneficial for treating stomach ulcers. Stomach ulcers are caused due to excessive acidity in the stomach after the intake of food.
Pearl millet turns down the stomach alkaline and prevents the formation of stomach ulcers. In a way, it mitigates the effect of ulcers.
3. Healthy Heart
Millet is a rich in magnesium, so it reduces blood pressure and the risk of heart attack strokes. It is a source of potassium, so it stabilizes the blood pressure.
Thus, acts as a vasodilator. Cardiovascular health is automatically maintained when blood pressure is controlled, and circulatory system is optimized.
Millets have phytonutrients and lignin component, so it acts as an antioxidant that prevents different heart problems.
Millet is a grain you should include in your diet to protect your heart.
4. Respiratory System:
Millets have the richness of magnesium, so it cures respiratory problems.
It helps to treat asthma attacks and reduces the migraine attacks and wheezing.
5. Reduces Cancer Risk
Millets have phytonutrient and lignin, these are good for the human body, lignans fight against hormone-dependent cancers.
Pearl Millet also has magnesium and phytate, due to these components it prevents the body from cancers.
Evidence have proved that if you take 35 grams of fiber every day, it reduces the chance of cancer, especially the breast cancer.
So, millet is the easiest way to stop the risk of cancer.
6. Pearl Millet Optimizes Cholesterol
Pearl Millet has the richness of fiber, so it is ideal for eliminating bad cholesterol and promoting good cholesterol.
Pearl Millet has phytochemical called phytic acid, which increases cholesterol metabolism and optimizes the levels of cholesterol in the human body.
So, recommend the diet of pearl millet to the person who is suffering from high cholesterol levels.
7. Pearl Millet Helps For Healthy Bones
Pearl millet has a high content of phosphorus so, it is regarded suitable for maintaining healthy bones.
It also repairs and develop weak bones caused due to some injury.
8. Beneficial In Preventing Gall Stones:
Millets have a fiber content in them. So, it reduces the risk of gallstone occurrence.
An excessive amount of bile secretion in the intestine leads to the condition of gall stones.
The insoluble fiber content in pearl millet reduces the secretion of excessive bile in your system and speeds up the intestinal transit time.
Millet also increases insulin sensitivity. So, it prevents the formation of gallstones.
9. Millets And Diabetes
Pearl millet is a wonderful staple crop that controls diabetes.
Due to the richness of fiber content, millets digests slowly, so glucose is released into the blood stream at a prolonged rate.
This maintains a sustainable sugar level in diabetes patients.
Pearl millet has an important mineral, magnesium that increases the efficiency of insulin and decreases glucose and triglyceride levels in the body; this prevents you from diabetes.
Researches have proved that millet has a potential to treat Type 2 diabetes.
The latest study, in Sweden, has proved the usefulness of pearl millet for diabetic patients. It was examined in Type 2 diabetic patients for a week.
It was found blood sugar levels were low in the patients who had millets in their diet as compared to other consuming crops as wheat, maize, etc.
So, a diabetic patient should take a millet diet to control the sugar level and for lowering the glycemic index.
10. Pearl Millet Helps In Weight Loss:
The fiber content in millets aids in healthy weight loss.
It helps in controlling the feeling of eating food again and again and in the short period of time.
High fiber content satisfies the hunger for the long time span, in a way it takes time for millet to digest as it needs extended time to move the millet grain from stomach to intestine.
Thus, it helps in lowering the consumption of food.
Thus, less consumption, less calorie intake, lesser the weight.
So, now if someone in the family, is worried about the weight, ask them to have a millet diet to have a perfect figure.