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Finger Millet - Health Benefits


Finger millet is a type of grain that has been grown for a long time in Africa and Asia. Many people eat it as their main food, especially in the countryside, because it has a lot of nutrients and it is cheap. Finger millet can also grow well in different weather and soil conditions. But why is finger millet good for your health? Here are some of the benefits that finger millet can give you:

  • Finger millet can help you manage your diabetes. Finger millet does not make your blood sugar go up quickly after you eat it. It also has more fiber than other grains, which makes your digestion slower and stops too much sugar from getting into your blood. Fiber also makes you feel full for a longer time, which can stop you from eating too much and gaining weight. Some studies have shown that finger millet can lower your blood sugar and insulin levels if you have diabetes.

  • Finger millet can improve your heart health. Finger millet has a lot of dietary fiber, which can reduce the bad fat (LDL) and triglycerides in your blood. Too much of these fats can make you more likely to have heart problems and strokes. Finger millet also has antioxidants, which can stop stress and swelling in your blood vessels. Antioxidants can also protect you from high blood pressure, which is another thing that can harm your heart.

  • Finger millet can make your bones and teeth stronger. Finger millet has more calcium than any other grain. Calcium is very important for keeping your bone density and stopping bone loss, especially when you get older or if you are a woman after menopause. Calcium also helps to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Finger millet also has other minerals, such as phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc, which are good for your bone and tooth growth.

  • Finger millet can prevent you from getting anemia. Finger millet is a good source of iron, which is needed to make hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen in your blood. If you do not have enough iron, you can get anemia, which means that your blood does not have enough oxygen. Anemia can make you feel tired, weak, pale, breathless and more likely to get sick. Finger millet also has vitamin C, which helps your body absorb more iron from the food you eat.

  • Finger millet can help your digestion and immunity. Finger millet has insoluble fiber, which adds more weight to your stool and helps you avoid constipation and other stomach problems. Insoluble fiber also feeds the good bacteria in your gut. These bacteria help you break down food, make vitamins and fight off bad germs. A healthy gut can boost your immunity and stop diseases.

  • Finger millet can slow down aging and stop cancer. Finger millet has phenolic compounds, which are natural antioxidants that can get rid of free radicals and stop cell damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause aging, wrinkles, swelling and long-term diseases such as cancer. Phenolic compounds can also change the way genes work in cells that grow, change or die. This can stop abnormal cells from growing too much and forming tumors.


As you can see, finger millet has many health benefits for people of all ages and conditions. It is a healthy, cheap and easy-to-make grain that you can use to make different dishes such as porridge, bread, pancakes, dumplings, sweets and snacks. You can also make finger millet sprouts, malt or fermented food to make it taste better and easier to digest. So try some finger millet today and enjoy its health benefits!


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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