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Ragi and Mental Health

Ragi and Mental Health

Health Benefits Of Millet / Ragi

Ragi is commonly used in South India. It has tremendous health benefits. Its benefit is not only for physical health, it is very much beneficial in mental health also.

Ragi porridge (kanji) is quiet popular in South region.

Ragi is a whole grain which gluten free. It is rich in fiber, with calcium, good carbs, amino acids and Vitamin D. Ragi is a rich source of Calcium, Iron, Protein, and other minerals. The cereal has low-fat content and contains mainly unsaturated fat. It is easy to digest and does not contain gluten; people who are sensitive to gluten can easily consume Finger Millet. Ragi is considered one of the most nutritious cereals. 

Lets talk about various health benefits:-

  1. It helps in enhancing Digestion
  2. It reduces the risk of heart disease as it has a capacity to reduce cholesterol level
  3. It helps in managing diabetes
  4. It is rich in carbohydrate, protein, fiber, fat, vitamin and minerals.
  5. It has Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B complex vitamins - thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid as well as calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus.
  6. It helps in gastrointestinal and kidney and liver disorders
  7. It helps in bone density. It strengthen bones of growing children and older people having osteoporosis.
  8. It helps in treating anaemia. It increases haemoglobin level. It helps in producing RBC (Red Blood Cells)
  9. Rich source of calcium.
  10.  It boosts nervous system. Ragi helps in treating anxiety, depression and insomnia, by maintaining good moods and promoting sound sleep. It consist of Tryptophan which brings balancing of serotonin and provide relaxation.
  11. It is very much beneficial in IBS (Irritable bowel Syndrome), which is very common these days.
  12. It helps in hypertension.
  13. Helps in migraine.
  14. Helps in weight loss.
  15. It has anti-ageing properties.
  16. It helps in production of mothers milk.

Ragi activates the digestive juices and ensures complete assimilation of nutrients, which are absorbed into the bloodstream and transferred to vital organs like heart, brain, lungs, liver and kidneys.

As it is a gluten free, so can be substitute with wheat

It consists of methionine, a sulphur-based amino acid which is beneficial for skin and hair fall, valine and isoleucine which repair injured muscle tissues and threonine, to enable the proper formation of teeth and enamel and protect the mouth from gum disease.

The best time to consume ragi is in the morning, as it is fiber-rich, which aids in digestion process.

As it has dietary fiber and vitamin B3 (niacin), which helps in easing cardiac muscle function and improving heart health. It maintains cholesterol level. It enhances good HDL levels and diminish bad LDL levels.

Source: Various Books, Netmed & other platforms 



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