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Health benefits of finger millet

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Finger millet is also called red millet
Finger millet is also called red millet

Finger millet is popularly known as “Daawa” and 'red millet' in Ghana and other parts of Africa.

It is a staple food in Africa and Asia.

It’s called the finger millet due to how it looks before being cultivated.

Finger millet is known in India as Ragi and Kodo in Nepal.

It’s an essential grain grown highly in various regions of India and Africa. Its scientific name is Eleusine is used in making cereals, beer, bread, porridge and many others.

Here are some health benefits of tiger millet

The vitamins, minerals, and fibre found in finger millet provide important health benefits.

The potassium in finger millet can help keep your kidney and heart functioning properly.

Potassium in finger millet also helps your nerves transmit signals, which allows your brain and your muscles to work together smoothly.

Finger millet is also an excellent source of vitamin B which plays a role in everything from brain function to healthy cell division. vitamins B are even connected to a reduction in fatigue.

In addition, finger millet can provide other health benefits like: 

Hearth health

Whole grains like finger millet are connected to a lower risk of heart disease.

Finger millet is full of dietary fibre, which helps to control the cholesterol level that can contribute to heart diseases like atherosclerosis.

Soluble fibre absorbs cholesterol before it enters your bloodstream, maintaining a lower cholesterol level without medication.

Millet has also been shown to raise “good” cholesterol levels and lower fats, found in your blood. Cholesterol levels are one of the risk factors for heart disease, so eating millet regularly may help keep your heart healthier.

Finger millet is also an excellent source of:

  • Niacin
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus
  • Antioxidant