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Bajra-The Potential Health Cure

By Richmillet Nagaraju , in Bajra - Pearl Millet

Traditionally Bajra or Pearl Millet was (and still is) considered the basic staple for households in the poorest countries and among the poorest people. India, Nigeria, Niger, China, Russian Federation, etc. are the top Bajra producing countries in that order. India contributes for about 32 percent of the total Barja production of the world. Potential health benefits and possible nutraceutical properties of Pearl Millet have been highlighted again and again in the past and present thus making this Millet a much sought after crop in the modern times. As the major staple food crop for many advanced countries around the globe Bajra is finding its place in the must-buy list of the elites. Previously consumed only by the rural and tribal areas of India is now popularized to such an extent that it has found a place on the breakfast table of the twenty-first-century households for its general and therapeutic nutrition levels.

Bajra is a high energy food that is tremendously helpful in coeliac diseases, diabetes, constipation and noncommunicable diseases. Various diet related diseases, disorders, deficiencies are sufficiently benefitted by Bajra. Bajra intake increases haemoglobin (Hb) and treats anaemia which is so prevalent among rural underprivileged women and children. Bajra contains high fiber which helps relieving constipation and is helpful in obesity. It’s antioxidants and high flavonoids inhibit malignant tumors while it’s low glycemic index deals with diabetes with its very high amylase activity, about 10 times that of wheat. Maltose and D-ribose are the predominant sugars in the Bajra flour, while fructose and glucose levels are low. The gluten free property of Bajra prohibits allergic reactions, presence of lactic acid and bacteria aids in probiotic treatment and arrests celiac problems and diarrhea. Again for many Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) flavonoids, phenolics, and Omega 3 fatty acids Inhibits DNA scission, LDL cholesterol, liposome oxidation and proliferation of HT-29 adenocarcinoma cells.

In short, this promising Millet, Bajra or Pearl Millet or Pennisetum glaucum, with its known beneficial properties needs to be researched more for its other latent properties, so far untapped, which may be an answer and remedy to many other damaging dietary conditions that we presently suffer from.



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