Finger millet (Eleusine coracana), or Ragi, is an important staple food in India. It is one of the less commonly used cereals and earliest known millets in India. It is known for numerous health benefits associated with its high calcium content and rich dietary fibre.
Compared to white rice, Ragi has higher minerals, dietary fibre, and sulphur-containing amino acids. Even after having a rich nutrient profile, studies show its lower consumption by urban Indians.
Properties of Ragi
Several In vitro (in the laboratory) and in vivo (in animal) studies have indicated the presence of these properties in Ragi. Ragi has been documented for its beneficial effects such as:
It may show anti-tumorigenic (prevents the formation of tumours)
It may have anti-diabetic activity
It may show anti-ulcerative activity
It may have antioxidant effects
It might posses antimicrobial properties
It may have wound healing properties.
Potential Uses of Ragi
Ragi has a higher nutritional value, though the grain is highly ignored and underutilised. Ragi has the following Potential health benefits when absorbed in human bodies:
1. Overcoming Calcium Deficiency
2. Ragi to Lose Weight
3. Development of the Brain and Neural Tissue
4. Anti-ageing Effects
5. Lowers Glycaemic Index
6. Wound Healing
7. Treatment of Migraine