This winter have a piece of Jaggery daily : Health Benefits
1. Jaggery can dilate blood vessels and this can be beneficial for people with high blood pressure. Hypertension is characterised by difficulties in pushing blood through the arteries. Dilation in arteries allows easier blood flow and brings down your overall blood pressure.
2. You should eat jaggery after meals as it can stimulate digestive enzymes. Including jaggery in your daily diet can improve digestion, and reduce acidity, bloating and gas.
3. Eating a small piece of jaggery after your meals satisfies your post-meal sugar cravings as well.
4. Jaggery is also good for treating and preventing constipation. It is rich in fibre and is known to work as a mild laxative.
5. Jaggery plays a huge role in detoxifying the liver. It is rich in zinc and selenium, and is used in Ayurveda as a detoxifying agent for liver and also as a blood purifier.
6. Including jaggery in your diet can help you fight cough, cold, flu and other ailments that commonly occur in winter. You can mix 1 tsp of jaggery in warm water and have it as a natural treatment for cough and cold.
7. People living in areas with high air pollution can benefit from jaggery as it helps in detoxifying lungs. Those suffering from asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia can also benefit by including jaggery in diet.
8. Jaggery is a great immunity-booster, especially during the winter season. Iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus are micronutrients in jaggery that can help in improving your immunity.
9. Iron content in jaggery makes it a great food for pregnant women, people with anaemia and low haemoglobin.
10. Joint pain tends to worsen in winter. You can prepare laddoos with dry ginger powder (1/2 tsp), black sesame seeds (1 tbsp), some ghee and jaggery (as per the level of sweetness you want). Consume these laddoos regularly in winter to reduce joint pain.
11. Women going through painful PMS can have 1 tsp of jaggery and 1 tsp of sesame seeds for some relief.