Foxtail millet is also called as the Italian, German, or Hay Millet was first domesticated in China and then became a cereal cultivated throughout Eurasia. It remains a major crop in arid and semi-arid regions of China and India to this day. Foxtail millets have a sweet, bitter taste.
Foxtail millet is one of the siri dhanya described by Dr. khadar vali they are gifted by the Nature.
Most of the modern lifestyle diseases can be cured by consuming these grains for a period of 6 months to 2 years. Besides giving rich nutrients, they cleanse the body from the disease-causing toxins. Owing to hybridisation for generations, indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides, paddy and wheat crops have lost their natural characteristics and have turned into disease inducing cereals. List of varied diseases, disorders and medical conditions cured by these millet rice.
Foxtail Millet is rich in essential amino acid Lysine, making it a great source of protein reducing your overall carbohydrate intake. Also, a good source of natural polyphenolic antioxidants.
Health Benefits of foxtail Millet
1.Proper functioning of the nervous system
One of the most important functions of foxtail millet is maintaining good nervous health. Nowadays neural ailments are a serious concern for many including kids to adults. Fits in kids, nervous weakness, diabetic neuropathy which involves tingling sensations all over the body, burning sensation in the feet during night times, etc, infants unable to balance their head at 8 months, etc are some of the common nervous system ailments. Brain plays a crucial role in maintaining good neural health, diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Bells Palsy are some of the serious disorders due to brain function impairment.
Including Foxtail millet in your diet will help to overcome or avoid such neural weakness.
Vitamin B1 supplements are prescribed to slow down the development of Alzheimer’s disease. 100 grams of cooked foxtail millets contain 0.59 mg of vitamin B1. Consuming them will help for Alzheimer’s patients. It also boosts concentration and memory power. More studies are being conducted on the same.
Vitamin B1 is also known as Morale vitamin which provides a positive impact on the nervous system and supports mental perspective. It is helpful for Bel’s Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis patients. Including foxtail in the regular diet will improve the symptoms day by day.
Iron assists in brain development. It supplies oxygen to the brain, as it uses about 20% of blood oxygen. Iron is directly associated with brain functions. The adequate amount of blood is received by the brain helps to promote cognition and prevents Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Due to this the adequate amount of iron is essential for the brain oxygenation.
Protein helps in the functions of nervous system smoothly. The activation of the nervous system triggers the response of relevant reactions. The receptor sites consist of protein complex which helps to transfer the nerve signals to the cells and manage the central nervous system.
2. Protects Bone health and muscle health
Foxtail millet is a good source of Iron and Calcium.
Iron is essential for the maintenance of the health of muscles. It is found in the muscle tissues and transports oxygen which is essential for muscle contraction. The deficiency of iron leads the muscle to lose the elasticity and tone and may cause anemia.
Another severe impact of low levels of iron in blood causes Restless Leg Syndrome which is associated with muscle spasms.
For good bone health Calcium and Phosphorous plays a crucial role. It also helps in treating all kinds of inflammations in the bones. Arthritis, Spondylitis, and other bone inflammations can be overcome by including foxtail millet in your diet. Sprouted Foxtail millet helps to fight diseases such as osteoporosis at bay and could reduce a risk of fracture.
3. Good for Cardiac Health
Vitamin B1 assists in the formation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which helps to transfer the message between muscle and nerves. It also safeguards the functions of cardiac. The deficiency of Vitamin B1 leads to improper functions of cardiac. The patients with congestive heart failure find Vitamin B1 helpful and prevent heart ailments.
4. Regulates blood sugar level
Foxtail millets are rich in fiber content which is very essential in regulating blood sugar levels. The low glycemic index ( 50.8 ) of this millet is a very good alternative for diabetics low GI diet has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels, lipid parameters, and glycosylated hemoglobin. Foxtail millet Dosas, biscuits, and sweets can be the best alternative for people having fluctuating blood sugar levels.
5. Lowering Blood Cholesterol
Foxtail millet contains amino acids (Lecithin and Methionine) which lessen the cholesterol level by driving out the excess fat from the Liver. Foxtail Millet also contains amino acid (Threonine) which hinders the formation of fat in the liver, which makes the cholesterol level of the body sink.
6. Helps in Good digestion
As its a good fiber source it helps in curing constipation in kids as well as adults. Include more vegetables and fruits along with foxtail millet to overcome constipation. Foxtail Millet is a gluten-free grain hence it is a very good option for celiac patients and gluten intolerant people.
7.Helps for weight loss
Foxtail contains an amino acid (Tryptophan) which will trim your appetite and helps to tighten your belly. Foxtail millet gets digested at a slower rate thus keeps one away from in taking extra calories. The fibers present in foxtail millet give a feeling of fullness which helps to controls excessive food consumption.
8. Improves Immunity
As we have seen that Foxtail millet is a good source for many vitamins and minerals it helps us building strong immunity. Good immunity helps us to fight against many diseases spread by microorganisms.It also helps us to recover fast from serious illness.
- There is a lot of fiber, protein, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins in foxtail millets, hence they are good for children and pregnant women.
- It acts like medicine for those who suffer from stomach-ache and burning sensation while urinating, diarrhoea and lack of hunger.
- As it is rich in proteins and iron it is a good medicine for anaemia.
- As there is a lot of fiber, it helps in aiding constipation in children and adults.
- Back in the villages, elders used to say from their experience that if you take foxtail millet gruel and take rest then we get rid of fever.
- Eating foxtail millet is good for girls who suffer from heart ailments, anaemia, obesity, arthritis, bleeding and burns.
- Since it has 12% of protein, foxtail millet is a good food for pregnant women and children.
- When children suffer from high fever, sometimes they have seizures, which are permanent, sometimes. But foxtail millet has the capacity to drive away these seizures, and weakness of nerves.
- Foxtail millet is also useful to get rid of skin diseases, mouth cancer, lung cancer, abdominal cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and asthma (consume along with kodo millet).