14-12-2017 09:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Eating gur (jaggery) is one of the best things to do in winter
Welcome this winter with a regular dose of jaggery that not only helps to keep the body warm but also helps to boost immunity as it is rich in many vital vitamins and minerals. This natural sweetener not only helps to treat cough and cold but also controls the temperature of our body.
In India, this is the time of the year when one gorges on chikkis and til ladoos made from jaggery. Winter is the season of fresh jaggery and consuming an inch of jaggery after lunch and dinner will help you to smoothly sail through the winter months.
Following are some health benefits of jagger that everyone should know:
Treats flu-like symptoms:
Jaggery helps to overcome symptoms of a cold and cough. Consume a cup of warm milk mixed with jaggery and turmeric daily to protect yourself from the seasonal cold. It can also be added to tea with ginger to reap the benefits.
Blood purifier and body cleanser :
When consumed on a regular basis and in limited quantities, jaggery cleanses the blood leaving your body healthy. It is one of the best natural cleansing agents that removes unwanted particles from the body and efficiently cleans the respiratory tract, lungs, intestines, stomach and food pipe. Therefore, people working in heavily polluted places like factories or coal mines are advised to eat jaggery daily to purify their system.
Jaggery helps prevent free radical damage as it is loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium. It also helps to boost resistance to infections.
Eating jaggery is recommended for people with a low haemoglobin count as jaggery is rich in iron and folate which help prevent anaemia by ensuring that a normal level of red blood cells is maintained.
Boosts intestinal health:
The high magnesium content in jaggery is extremely beneficial for the intestines. With every 10 gram of jaggery, you get 16 mg of magnesium, which is 4 percent of the daily requirement of this mineral.
Relieves joint pain:
If you are troubled by aches and pains in your joints, eating jaggery will alleviate it. Doctors say it provides much-needed relief. It works best to reduce joint pains when consumed with ginger. Drinking a glass of milk daily with jaggery helps to strengthen bones.
This sounds too good to be true - according to nutritionists, jaggery is an effective aid for weight loss.It is an excellent source of potassium which helps to balance electrolytes and boost metabolism. It also helps to reduce water retention thus assisting in weight management.
Good source of energy:
Jaggery is a complex carbohydrate that gives energy to the body gradually unlike sugar which is a simple carbohydrate that gets absorbed into the bloodstream instantly. Thus, jaggery helps to maintain the blood sugar levels. It also prevents fatigue and weakness in the body.
So, next time don’t feel guilty of eating jaggery as it is sweet because it is so good for the body. Remember to consume it regularly, but in moderation and reap the benefits.