SWEETEN IT WITH JAGGERY
Have you ever wondered why our elders would end the meal with a piece of Jaggery or Gur? Is it because of the flavour of the marvellous sweetener or is it the benefits that make it the most favourite sweet after dinner? Or should we say both?
One of the best raw sweeteners that can be easily found in the market, jaggery is the power booster for you especially in the winter months. The important benefits of jaggery include its ability to cleanse your body, act as a digestive agent and healthily sweeten your food. This slobbering sweetener is rich in minerals and vitamins and can be consumed by diabetic patients too. Gur or jaggery is generally made by boiling concentrated and raw sugarcane juice until it solidifies. Health experts have always pronounced it as one of the best digestives that have numerous other health benefits to boast about. Not only is it known for its excessive Iron and Vitamin C content, but it has also been used as a traditional remedy for respiratory disorders and throat problems. A healthier alternative to white refined sugar, jaggery can be used in many Indian desserts leaving a distinct flavour that we all love.
Jaggery has hot potency so it is advisable to consume it in winters. It helps in the regulation of body temperature and also detoxifies the body. Jaggery can be made from numerous sources like a date palm, the sap of coconut and more, but jaggery made from sugarcane juice is most preferred by people. It is used in preparing various Indian cuisines and provides them with a distinct flavour.
Benefits of Consuming Jaggery
It helps boost resistance against certain infections in the body. Jaggery is loaded with various antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins such as zinc and selenium, which in turn help prevent free-radical damage and also boosts resistance against infections. Jaggery also helps increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood. It boosts the immunity and guards the body against the harmful pathogens. It treats flu-like symptoms. All you need to do is mix it with warm water and drink up, or even add it to your tea instead of sugar to reap the benefits. Jaggery produces heat in the body, which is why generally people consume it in the winters. It has the capability of protecting lungs from toxic pollutants so it should be included in your balanced diet during the winter months.
Prevents Constipation and Enhances the Production of Digestive Enzymes
Jaggery activates the digestive enzymes in the body, stimulates bowel movements and thus helps prevent and relieve constipation. It also acts as a diuretic that can help stimulate bowel movement. A small piece of jaggery after lunch could kick-start digestion, which is key to good overall health.
Helps in preventing Joint Pain
It is advised to consume jaggery with milk or consume jaggery with the juice of ginger, which helps in strengthening bones and tackles arthritis pain.
Generates Heat in the Body
According to Ayurveda, jaggery has a hot potency, thereby producing heat within the body. Throughout winters the blood vessels get constricted owing to weather conditions and jaggery helps dilate the blood vessels and improve blood flow. The warming effect in jaggery makes it an amazing sweet that can treat cold and flu. This seasonal delight contains minerals, antioxidants, metallic elements like phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc and more, which makes its consumption even more nutritious.
Detoxifies the Body
Jaggery is one of the best natural cleansing agents for the body. Jaggery removes the toxins present within the body. It has anti-allergic properties which help in preventing allergies caused by cold and cough during winters. It also helps in purifying the blood. Jaggery is a natural body cleanser, further reducing the workload of the liver. Jaggery helps cleanse the liver by flushing out harmful toxins from the body, So if you want to effectively detox your body, bite into a piece of jaggery.
One of the most well-known benefits of jaggery is its ability to purify the blood. When consumed regularly and in limited quantities, it cleanses the blood, leaving your body healthy. Clean blood will mean a healthier body and will ensure that it is free from any disease.
Eases Menstrual Cramp Pain
Jaggery has various minerals and vitamins present in it. The consumption of a small amount of jaggery can counteract the energy lost during menstruation. Jaggery releases Endorphins, the happy hormone within the body which makes you feel good and provides ease during periods especially providing relief from cramps. Sudden mood swings, fluctuating hormone levels, stomach cramps can be tackled if you eat a small amount of jaggery after meals.
Rich in Iron Contents, Prevents Anaemia
Jaggery helps in maintaining the normal level of red blood cells in the human body. It has iron and folate contents in large amounts. As it is a rich source of iron it can easily help in the prevention of anaemia. The consumption of jaggery is extremely beneficial for pregnant women. Due to the presence of a large number of minerals and vitamins, it can help a person to regain the lost energy.
Prevents Respiratory Problems
According to Ayurveda, jaggery, when consumed with sesame seeds, is no less than a boon. Respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis etc can be cured if jaggery is consumed with sesame seeds regularly.
Boosts Body Metabolism and Helps in Weight Loss
Jaggery has a high content of potassium, which is responsible for the balance of electrolytes in the body. It is also responsible for bodybuilding and boosting metabolism. Potassium directly helps in weight loss by reducing water retention in the body.
Good Source Of Energy
Jaggery is a complex carbohydrate that gives energy to the body gradually and for a longer time. This means that the levels of blood sugar do not get raised immediately. It also helps prevent fatigue and weakness of the body.
For that Flawless Skin
Jaggery, the country cousin of sugar gives you a delicious way out to stay young and beautiful. Consuming a medium-sized ball of jaggery every day can help reduce the occurrence of dark spots, acne and pimples. Jaggery has glycolic acid which helps in getting the perfect skin. It helps improve the skin’s flexibility. This reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Jaggery has antioxidant properties and selenium that fight the free radicals in the body, and delay the signs of ageing such as dark spots and wrinkles. There are other essential nutrients in jaggery that not only help in protecting the cells against ageing but are also effective against age-related ailments.
For Those Lustrous Locks
Jaggery packs in loads of Iron and Vitamin C, which help cure weak and brittle hair. It is also considered as a wonderful therapy for having long and lustrous hair.
No doubt gur is highly beneficial and there aren’t any notable side-effects of consuming it, but long-term or heavy consumption might still lead to various problems. People who are on weight loss diet or are diabetic should monitor their intake.
Sweeten your tea or coffee or put a giant lump atop your porridge, add it to your yoghurt or bite into those delicious Jaggery Peanuts or Sesame Chikkis. There are endless ways in which you can consume this delectable and healthful sweetener. So, what are you waiting for? Include jaggery in your diet and stay healthy this winter.
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