Interesting facts on Finger Millets

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One of the most interesting facts about Finger millets is people with obesity can reduce most of their weight within 15 days. Finger Millets can do wonders for our health.

Did you know Finger millet apart from being rich in protein supplies high levels of methionine and lysine which are often the limiting amino acids in the diets? It also contains higher amount of calcium and iron than many other major cereal crops.

Millet is good for diabetics, anaemic people and menopausal women. Normally people with anaemia don’t get sleep at night, body becomes flabby and lethargic. It is a safe food for diabetics as its slow digestion keeps low blood sugar levels. So for people with obesity, diabetes, anaemia and menopausal women, finger millet is considered a great boon. One finger millet roti (unleavened bread) along with 1/2 cup of cow’s milk do wonders to our health. After 15 days of Finger millet diet, one’s body feels weightless, extra fat is reduced, sugar controlled and sleep is good at night. This is because it filters unwanted water from our body and makes our bones and nerves fit.

It contains 300% of calcium whereas milk has only 80%. Therefore, plays an important role in the diet of people suffering from arthritis and related problems. The seed of the finger millet is an astringent, tonic and has cooling properties. It is used in the treatment of fevers, biliousness and hepatitis. The leaf juice has been given to women in childbirth, and the plant is reported to be diaphoretic, diuretic, and vermifuge. The plant is a folk remedy for treating leprosy, liver disease, measles, pleurisy, pneumonia, and small pox in some Sub-Saharan African region.

About the author

Dr. J C Rana is a Scientist currently the heading the Division of Germplasm Evaluation, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Pusa Campus, New Delhi. He has received several awards & honours few of which are:
Fellow Indian Society of Genetics & Plant Breeding
Fellow Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources

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