Benefits of jaggery

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Deepika Rathod

Gul, gud, or jaggery is an essential part of every Indian kitchen and it has a great medicinal value. Jaggery also ranks first in India’s export list.

Jaggery is made from the sap of coconut as well as date palms, however the one made from sugarcane is the one that is commonly used in India. Not only is jaggery better than white processed sugar (which only adds empty calories and harmful toxins to our body), it also has enumerable health benefits, including its ability to clean our body, aid in digestion, and provide good amounts of minerals like magnesium, etc. Let’s look at the advantages of this superfood:

►Blood purification: Regular and appropriate amount of jaggery intake helps in purifying your blood. It helps in improving the hemoglobin level in blood. It helps control blood pressure because of the potassium and sodium levels, which play an important role in the maintenance of acid levels in the body.

►Eases digestion: Jaggery increases the energy of our digestive system especially in winter (as the digestion becomes sluggish in winter). It’s recommended to have jaggery especially in the winter because it provides heat to the body and activates the digestive enzymes which help in reducing the chances of constipation and indigestion.

►Energy source: Sugar is highly processed and is devoid of any nutrients. It provides sweetness and its consumption can make your feel low on energy instantly. However, because of its high mineral content jaggery provides energy to the body which is used up gradually (for extended periods). Daily intake of jaggery will make you feel active. It also strengthens the muscles because of its calcium content.

► Loaded with minerals: Jaggery is loaded with antioxidants and minerals like zinc and selenium which help prevent free-radicals (responsible for early ageing). It helps boost resistance against infections, thus building stronger immunity.

►For dementia: People who suffer from dementia can get relief by eating a mixture of jaggery and pure ghee on an empty stomach because of its high magnesium content.

►Cleanses organs: Jaggery helps in cleansing the liver by flushing out harmful toxins from the body. It cleans the respiratory tract, lungs, intestines, stomach, and esophagus as well.

►Weight loss: The potassium content found in jaggery increases the body’s metabolism and helps in reducing weight. It also helps in reducing water retention and thus you can see the difference in weight.

►Cold-cough: Eating a teaspoon of jaggery before you go to sleep at night will give you relief from cough.

►Treating anemia: By consuming jiggery, the iron deficiency in the body is filled. It helps in increasing the red blood cells and thus helps in treating anemia. Tiredness and energy deficiency stays at bay if you consume jaggery regularly.

►Useful for women: It is highly effective to ease pain and stomach cramps caused by the menstrual cycle. Having a tablespoon of sesame and jaggery every morning helps in regulating the menses as well and improves hormonal imbalance.A small piece of jaggery daily also helps in combating the symptoms of PMS since it leads to the release of endorphins. These endorphins relax your body, thereby preventing premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

It’s always suggested to consume even healthy items in moderation. So, have your jaggery in moderation too as it is slightly higher in calories.