Health benefits of Bajra/ Pearl Millet?

Health benefits of Bajra/ Pearl Millet?

aBajra is one of the oldest millet used by our ancestors. Along with wheat flour even bajra was included in the regular diet. It is known to have a very high fiber content which makes it healthier. It is used as a regular meal in places like Rajasthan, Gujarat. Now a day’s it is gaining its importance back.

Now Bajra are recommended by many health professionals, Dieticians and Nutritionist because of its various health benefits. It is also not very expensive millet which can reduce its consumption. People are becoming more and more conscious about the fact of bajra having various good effects on the body.

Dieticians and Nutritionist are trying their best to promote this particular millet and increase its consumption by educating its benefits among all groups of people. Awareness among the people helps to create a positive attitude towards this millet. It is also called as pearl millet. It is not expensive like pearl but it’s definitely has pearl like quality which is beneficial to the body. 100 grams of Bajra has the following nutritional values: energy 360 calories, moisture 12g,protein 12g, fat 5g, mineral 2g, fiber 1 g, carbohydrate 67g, Calcium 42mg, phosphorus 242mg, and iron 8mg.

Eating bajra provides us with disease fighting phytochemicals that lower cholesterol, antioxidants, plenty of fibre, folate, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, vitamins-E and B-complex, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. It is a gluten free grain. So it is one of the grains which can be easily included in the diet of a person who is suffering from Gluten Induced Enteropathy or has allergy towards gluten. It is noted for its high iron content also.

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Benefits:

  • Bajra has some medicinal properties when bread is eaten with honey in the morning. It is especially effective for bleeding piles, epilepsy, insomnia, impotency, high blood pressure, diabetes and tuberculosis.
  • It is easily digestible and has the lowest probability of causing allergic reactions.
  • Bajra, being gluten free, is a very good food choice for those suffering from celiac disease who cannot tolerate gluten.
  • It is highly effective and recommended for cases of severe constipation and stomach ulcers.
  • The presence of phytic acid and niacin in bajra helps in lowering the cholesterol.
  • Being rich in fiber content, bajra is good for diabetics, keeping the glucose levels normal.
  • This whole grain supports weight loss as the high fiber content leads to a feeling of fullness for a prolonged period of time.
  • It is helpful in maintaining cardiovascular health and in acidity problems.
  • Bajra helps in reducing weight.
  • It controls blood sugar levels and hence good for diabetic.

Excessive eating of these grains causes high uric acid deposits in the system. So people with kidney and rheumatic diseases should use it with care. As mentioned above, Bajra comes with immense health benefits and uses. If you have known the importance of whole grains, then you should make a conscious effort to include Bajra in your diet.

 

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Neha Kava

National Registered Dietitian at NutriChoice4u.com
Neha Kava is a National Certified Registered Dietitian in India. She likes to share her knowledge about daily health, nutritition and diet tips. You can contact her for online counselling on info@nutrichoice4u.com

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22 Responses to Health benefits of Bajra/ Pearl Millet?

  1. govind says:

    Dear Neha,

    This article is so much informative about our ancient grains. Not only in the northern states the barjra is also one of the primary food in Tamilnadu too. Thank you so much for this article…i appreciate this..

    Keep up the good work..

  2. lokesh says:

    Hello, this article is quite interesting and I will be replacing wheat from my diet ….let us see how this thing works

    :-)

  3. Kamlesh says:

    Thank you so much for this article.i have no allergies for wheat. I started this bec my tummy gets blotted.could you pls advise me which other grain is the best ti combine with bajri except wheat to make roti and is useful also.thank you .

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hi Kamlesh,
      You could be allergic to gluten which is a component in wheat, rye and barley. Avoid these products if you feel you get bloated. You can combine rice flour, Ragi ( nachni ), jowar, Bajri to your Diet.

      Regards,
      Neha Kava

  4. VIJAI ARORA says:

    SIR, I AM PATIENT OF KIDNEY PROBLEMS AND MY CREATININE LEVEL IS 3.5 BUT NOT SWELLING IN FEET AND OTHER THINGS ARE NORMAL AND I HAVE NEVER ON DIALYSIS. I AM PATIENT OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. CAN I USE BAJRA ROTI IN MY DAILY DIET. REGARDS,VIJAI ARORA

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Mr. Arora,
      Bajra aka as pearl millet has numerous health benefits. But at the same time it is high in Potassium content which is not suitable in your case. So i would advice you to consume it once in 15days in moderate quantity.

      Regards.
      Neha

  5. harsh says:

    Hi! i m 31 .. i m looking to loose weight.. can i hv bajra in roti or khichidi twice a week (in the night).. will it all carbs/ fats/ calories and therefore increase my weight…
    also suggest other food which can help me reduce weight….
    Thanks…

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Harsh,
      You can definitely add Bajra to your diet. infact it is a better option den Wheat. You can include wheat bran, Oats, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. More of liquids in form of butter milk, Lemon water, soupd etc. No fruit juices have whole fruit instead.

      Regards

  6. Daravathu says:

    Hello Madam,

    couple of year back i got sever back pain and went hospital,got to know that due to very less water consumption formed a little stone in kidney as they said and asked me to drink more water daily, i did that feel normal.no issue as of now.
    normally i take it as breakfast everyday like kichidi. does it good to take it everyday?
    Please suggest.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Daravathu,
      You can definitely include Bajra/ jowar to your daily diet. It will not harm you in anyway.

      regards

  7. Daravathu says:

    Hello Madam,

    couple of year back i got sever back pain and went hospital,got to know that due to very less water consumption formed a little stone in kidney as they said and asked me to drink more water daily, i did that feel normal.no issue as of now.
    normally i take it Bajra/Jowar as breakfast everyday like kichidi. does it good to take it everyday?
    Please suggest.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Daravathu,
      You can definitely include Barjra/ jowar in your dialy diet. It will not harm you in anyway.

      Regards

  8. subhash says:

    Namaste Madam, For many years my mind is saying to mix bajra and wheat in floormill. But the question is the ratio of quantity to mix. and is it proper

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Subhash,
      Thats a really good idea. To 100gms or wheat flour you can mix 20gms of Bajra. So 20% of bajra in wheat flour will be good combination and will not alter the taste or appearance of teh flour.

      Regards

  9. Rajvi says:

    Hello Neha,

    Can a patient of high Triglycerides (value above 500) as well as one who has protein leak in urine, consume bajri flour as part of daily diet ?
    What else can help in reducing TGL value and help in reducing protein leak in urine ?

    Thanks,
    Rajvi

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Rajvi,
      I would suggest you to take diet consultation with any Registered dietitian personally with all the current reports. Do not rely on online information from blogs and websites as every individual has different medical issues and problems.

      Regards

  10. shuji says:

    Hi mam,

    I had fisher for lost 5 yrs and got operated by july 2013. However, i get the same at times. Please advise if i can take bajri on daily basis. Also suggest other foods that will help me to overcome this.

  11. shuji says:

    Hi Neha,

    I had fisher for last 5 yrs and got operated by july 2013. However, i get the same at times. Please advise if i can take bajri on daily basis. Also suggest other foods that will help me to overcome this

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hi Shujitha,
      You can take Bajra daily just mix rice flour to it as it will help you to ease your pain ( fissure ). You have to take plenty of water and fluids throughout the day. Eats plenty of fruits and salads. Do not let yourself get constipated in any way.

      Regards

  12. rebello says:

    I get bloated when I eat wheat chappati, so I started eating bajra and jowar chappati, but I read sometimes it is not very healthy for kidneys and rehumatisim. Please advice.
    Rebello

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hi Rebello,
      Since you are not able to digest chapati you might be allergic to gluten. You can happily have jowar and Bajra as far as you do not have any medical problems.

  13. taj says:

    I hv been advised to eat 1/2 overnight soaked bajra daily to increase my haemoglobin levels.i hv lost a lot of weight recently. I hope it doesnt add weight to my weight. For this should I inclde bajra as told or replace bread/ roti/ rice with bajra. Plz advice and also is it really helpful in increasing hb. M 25 female Wt -55 ht-5’4″.

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