Finger Millet (Ragi)
Once well-known cereal in the southern part of India now disappeared from most people’s diet though it has high nutritive and therapeutic value. It is a rich source of carbohydrate,protein and minerals. Is it significantly loaded with calcium, fibres and very low unsaturated fatty acids, which makes it perfect diet for weight loss.
Health Benefits of Finger millet (Ragi)
- Reduces Diabetes
Due to the presence of dietary fibres and polyphenols in comparison any other cereals, due to which it slows down the pace of digestion, thereby helping in lowering blood sugar levels. The Low glycemic index lessens food cravings and keeps the bold sugar levels in safe range.
- Slows Skin Ageing
Vital amino acids Methionine and Lysine assist in improving collagen molecules in tendons, skin and blood vessels. This collagen offers elasticity by which ageing process is delayed, and look much younger.
- Helps Digestion
Higher levels of fibre in them helps in digestion, easy movement of bowls, prevents constipation and other digestive issues.
- Weight Loss
An amino acid, Tryptophanhelps to lower the hunger, as it has higher amounts of fibre than any other cereal in comparison. This slow down the time of digestion, keeps the stomach fuller for a longer period of time. It is low in unsaturated fats, that makes it ideal cereal for weight loss.
- Loaded with Calcium
It is one of the non-dairy calcium sources due to higher levels in them. Calcium is very important is development of bones and teeth especially in growing children, and prevents weakening of bones – Osteoporosis
- Reduces Cholesterol
Lecithin and Methionine amino acids help in lowering blood (especially bad cholesterol) levels by breaking down the excess fat from the liver.
Hence these can inhibit oxidation of LDL cholesterol, thus by preventing plaque formation atherosclerosis and any risk of heart attacks.