Finger millet also known as Ragi, are an annual herbaceous plant. They are one of the nutritious cereal crops which is available as whole grain, flakes and grinded to form flour. They are also sprouted and consumed. Finger millet is considered one of the most nutritious cereals. Being non-glutinous, finger millet is safe for people suffering from gluten allergy and celiac disease. It is non-acid forming, and hence easy to digest. It ranks sixth in production after wheat, rice, maize, sorghum and bajra in India. In India, ragi (finger millet) is mostly grown and consumed in Karnataka, and to a limited extent in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Goa.
The potassium found in finger millet can help keep your kidneys and heart functioning properly. Potassium also helps your nerves transmit signals, which allows your brain and your muscles to work together smoothly. (1)
Finger millet is also an excellent source of B vitamins, which play a role in everything from brain function to healthy cell division. B vitamins are even connected to a reduction in fatigue. (1)
Finger millet is a very good source of natural Iron and its consumption helps in recovery of Anemia. The Ragi based foods are highly suited for expectant mothers and elderly due to their high calcium and iron content. (2)
Finger millet consumption helps in relaxing the body naturally. It is beneficial in conditions of anxiety, depression and insomnia. It is also useful for migraines. (2)
If consumed regularly, finger millet could help in keeping malnutrition, degenerative diseases and premature aging at bay. (2)
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