I use it in many recipes and have mentioned it before, so I thought to write a post about the medicinal benefits of pure organic jaggery. It is also called molasses at some places. It is prepared from sugarcane and is pure, unrefined whole sugar containing all the minerals and vitamins which are present in sugarcane juice.
One thing you must take care of while buying jaggery is that it should be dark. If it is too light in color, it is probably refined using soda and other chemicals and must have lost its nutritional value. Jaggery is basically from Southeast Asia and is also used in almost every household in India.
It helps in anemia, throat and lung infections and many other common ailments. It is also a good source of magnesium which is beneficial for the muscles, nerves and blood vessels and may also help relieve fatigue. It helps in maintaining blood pressure because it has low sodium and high potassium content. It also helps in digestion and hence it is also used as a sweet dish in many villages of India.
It is an antioxidant, detoxifying agent and also has a moderate amount of calcium, phosphorus and zinc, which helps to maintain good health. Jaggery helps in the purification of blood, bile preventing rheumatic afflictions and disorders and also helps in the treatment of jaundice. It helps to regulate body temperature and hence is good for asthma patients. It can cure cough, cold, migraine, fatigue and other similar health problems. It helps regulate menstruation cycle in women and is a good source of iron. So, growing girls must consume it especially in their teen years. It gives instant energy and also helps in weight management.
Just a piece of sweet with so many benefits! Yes, that is what jaggery is...and apart from that it has a natural flavor that you would love! You can add it to any drink or dish of your choice and it would add a sweet juicy taste to it. My nieces enjoy it with warm Indian bread.
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