#HealthBytes: Consume these five desi superfoods for good health

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The term “superfoods” began as a marketing gimmick and has now become something that is related to a healthy diet.

Though it is all about exotic grains, vegetables, and fruits.

Superfoods in India, grown and consumed by one generation after another, and these are healthy and super affordable.

Let’s a have a look at some desi superfoods that you can easily include in your diet.

#1

Ragi: Daily consumption of this regulates blood sugar levels.

Ragi

Ragi is called super-grain because it contains bran, germ, endosperm, all of which are extremely beneficial to our body.

Ragi is also gluten-free and rich in nutrients such as vitamin D and iron.

Regular consumption of this grain also regulates blood sugar levels and helps in reducing the risk of stroke. Learn more about stroke.

It also works as a natural relaxant and helps in losing weight as well.

#2

Moringa (Drumsticks): These are high in antioxidants and loaded with essential vitamins.

Moringa

You can find Moringa or Drumsticks often in sambhar, these are high in antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin A, B-complex, and C.

It is interesting to know that each part of the moringa tree has got some or the other health benefit to offer.

For instance, you can sun-dry the leaves of moringa, crush and grind them to get an antioxidant-rich moringa powder ready, it will help in flushing out the toxins from your body.

#3

Rajgira (Amarant): Gluten-free grain, often used by bakers

Amarnath, it is commonly known by the name of rajgira, that contains high amounts of protein and fiber and is fairly rich in other nutrients like calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

This gluten-free grainy ingredient is also often used by bakers who wish to bake a nutritious cake and cookies by substituting flour and other similar products.

You may consume it in the form of flour or as it is.

#4

Dalia: One of the preferred breakfast items in the country

Dalia

There is no doubt that dalia is one of the India’s favorite breakfast items.

It is rich in protein and low in fats, it is one of the best foods to be consumed early in the day time.

Dalia is high in fiber and manganese and also rich in vitamin-B.

One cup of cooked dalia is said to contain 150 calories, 11.9gm of fiber, 7.14gm of protein, and 1.55gm of fat.

#5

Amla: Contains 20 times more vitamin C than in orange

Amla or gooseberry also contains high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants apart from making great pickles, murabbas, and curries.

It contains 445mg / 100gm of vitamin C, which is almost 20 times more than in orange.

Amla can also helpful in boosting our immune system.

Amla’s free radical absorbing capacity is believed to be richer than that of strawberries and blueberries, the superfruits.

Having one amla daily can give a lot of health benefits.