Pearl Millet commonly known as Bajra in India is rich in essential compounds like protein, fibre, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. Due to its rich composition of minerals and proteins, Pearl Millet has many health benefits.
But at the same time doctors also recommend taking it in moderation and avoiding bajra during summers as it can cause digestive problems and discomfort.
It contains essential amino acids and vitamins also which contribute to its therapeutic properties. Taking a trip towards the western side of India, you’ll commonly find the locals eating chapati made of bajra.
Apart from Rajasthan and Gujarat, bajra is widely consumed in rural India and is one of the oldest cultivated grains but people living in urban cities seem to have forgotten this coarse grain and its multiple health benefits.
Powerful for controlling diabetes: Pearl millet is very powerful in controlling diabetes. Because of its high fibre content, it tends to digest slowly and release glucose at a slower rate as compared to other foods. This helps in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels for a long period of time.
Weight loss: Being high in fibre content, it takes a longer time for the grain to move from the stomach to the intestines. This way, bajra curbs hunger for a long span of time.
Reduces cholesterol: It contains phyto chemical, which is called phytic acid believed to increase cholesterol metabolism. It also stabilises the level of cholesterol in the body.
Helps in digestion: Bajra is rich in insoluble fibre that aids digestion. It also reduces secretion of bile acids and is linked to a lowered risk of gallstone formation.
Helps prevent cancer: Bajra has cancer-protecting properties. A study showed that regular intake of bajra protects pre-menopausal women from developing breast cancer.