Ragi, also known as finger millet came to India in 2000 BCE. Ragi is nutritionally rich and has medicinal properties. In Ancient India,Ragi was used as ayurvedic medicine for treating many health conditions. Ragi is not only nutrient-dense but also prescribed as a superfood for many diseases.
Ragi was initially widely used by only the rural population. After research and studies by several reputed research institutes like CFTRI (Central food training research institute) and United nation food and agriculture organization), NIN (National Institute of nutrition) not only rural but urban population is also appreciating the health benefit of ragi and incorporating in their meal plan.
There are multiple health benefits of ragi and various ways of making ragi dishes.
Ragi can be used to make both sweet or savory dishes.
Ragi malt,Ragi sangatti, Ragi Mudda, Ragi Prorridge, Ragi dosa, Ragi puttu, Ragi roti, Ragi murruku etc.
Ragi can be given to any age group from pediatric to geriatric.
Ragi is introduced to infants as their first weaning food. It’s high in calcium, helps in developing bones, teeth, and building muscles. Iron content in ragi improves blood circulation and the development of all the vital organs of babies.
Ragi is highly recommended during the pregnancy and lactation phase also. Indian women are prone to anemia. According to several studies, 77% of pregnant women are anemic. Ragi helps in improving the iron level. From a healthy pregnancy to safe motherhood Ragi is beneficial.
Breastfeeding leads to loss of calcium, ragi is prescribed for the replenishment of calcium for lactating women.
Ragi has a low glycemic index, Regulates blood sugar, and maintains blood pressure too.
Minerals and good fat present in ragi improve heart health and cholesterol level. Dietary guideline recommend complex carbohydrates, high fiber, and moderate protein for weight loss. Ragi is the perfect blend of all these three components.
Vit C present in ragi helps in improving immunity. Vit E enhances your skin and hair
The antioxidants present in ragi removes toxins and eradicate free radicals from the body. Free radicals are very harmful to the body and are one of the primary causes of the disease Alzheimer’s according to the study done by Dr. Neal Barnard.
Essential amino acids are necessary for the body as they help in recovering from major illnesses and healing wounds, Ragi contains many essential amino acids, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, and phenylalanine, not present in other grains.
Ragi contains the highest amount of calcium. It helps in building teeth also improves gum health, keeps the mouth free from gum disease.
Studies show that the protein content in ragi supports bone development.
The calcium present in ragi helps in the absorption of Vit D and improves overall health.
Ragi is gluten-free and nutritionally dense.