Last updated on January 7th, 2021 at 12:07 am
In simple words, jaggery is unrefined sugar.
This is raw, concentrate sugarcane juice.
It is very popular nowadays as a healthy replacement for sugar.
I am very familiar with jaggery from my childhood.
It is still prominent there in my native place, especially in winter.
While writing this article I am a little nostalgic as I am full of my old memories.
Being a Bengali, “Gurer Payesh” (Kheer made up with jaggery and milk) is very popular in the winter season.
Gurer Laddu (Sweet made with Coconut and Gur) is the family sweets of us.
While staying in North India I came to know about “Ghur Ki Roti”.
I enjoyed Delhi’s winter with “Makki ki roti”, “Ghur”, and “Ghee”.
It’s been 2 years since I am using jaggery in my daily diet.
I have cut white sugar completely for the last 2 years.
I started my weight loss journey but it has helped me in so many ways too.
As I mentioned earlier It is a replacement for sugar because of its some health benefits.
It has proven that jaggery is more nutritional value than white sugar for health reasons.
Coming to the point directly.
I will be sharing some jaggery health benefits which have helped me and my family.
Here are 7 Jaggery Health Benefits (Self Tested):
1. Helps in Weight Loss Process :
I have been introduced to jaggery in my daily diet as an aid of a weight loss component.
Replacing jaggery was a smart choice of mine with having a daily sweet dose.
I thoroughly enjoy having cakes, power balls, sweets, cookies, etc made by jaggery.
There is a high level of potassium present in jaggery.
Potassium helps electrolyte balance in our bodies.
Which leads to improve body metabolism.
It also helps to flash out some toxins from the body.
Toxin removes are one of the main reasons for burning extra calories.
Presence of potassium body unable to retain water.
Which is very effective to manage our weight further.
So we can shed some pounds with adequate and controlled sweet jaggery.
2. Work on Digestion Process :
We love to eat some sweets after every meal in India, especially in West Bengal.
I must say having a little amount of jaggery after meals (heavy meals) made my life more beautiful.
It has fulfilled my sweet tooth with other benefits like digestion and constipation.
Other relevant jaggery health benefits are.
It aids the digestion system to work properly and maintain the digestive disorder.
This natural sweetener activates our digestion enzymes (acetic acid) and speeds up our digestion process.
Which stimulates bowel movements and reduces the risk of constipation.
One of the key functions for keeping good overall health.
3. Detox Our Body :
Jaggery has natural cleansing properties.
Regular consumption of jaggery cleans our liver by flushing out unwanted toxins and particles.
It effectively cleans our lungs, food pipe, stomach, respiratory tract, and intestines.
It purifies our blood and keeps our body healthy also disease-free.
4. Boost Immune System :
Jaggery is packed with antioxidants and minerals like selenium and zinc.
We all know how antioxidants fight against free radicals.
Here jaggery also prevents our body from various effects of free-radicals.
It helps to increase hemoglobin count in the blood.
Jaggery helps to recover people from common cough-cold and flu.
It generates heat in the body and fights against cold.
5. Menstrual Pain and Process :
I am highly thankful for that.
I tried some home remedies with jaggery for getting my periods on time with no pain.
It is happening to me for the last few months.
Believe me, it’s a magic drink.
Cumin seeds-Jaggery Drink:
- 1 cup of glass and 1 tablespoon of jaggery powder and 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
- Boil for 2-3 minutes in medium to high flame.
- Stian the drink into a cup.
- Let it cool down from hot to warm.
- drink warm and go to bed.
I can 100% guarantee you will get your period very next morning or immediately.
That much effective.
During periods have jaggery a little bit daily.
It will help you from getting menstrual cramps and stomach ache.
It helps to maintain proper blood flow.
A small amount of jaggery will release endorphins which will work on mood swings during periods and will provide relaxation.
6. Prevent Anemia :
Jaggery is rich in iron and folate.
Both are enough to maintain normal red blood cells.
So replacing sugar with jaggery may give a small dosage of iron daily in our diet.
Very beneficial for pregnant women to maintain blood cells level.
It provides instant energy and works on fatigue or weakness.
7. Maintain Blood Pressure :
Jaggery has sodium and potassium which play an important role to maintain acid levels in our body.
Acid levels indicate our blood pressure level.
So having jaggery daily can work on high and low pressure equally.
So include jaggery in your diet and enjoy this miracle natural sweetener.
In this article, I have shared 7 jaggery health benefits.
It is safe to conclude jaggery sources of antioxidants, minerals, and natural sweetener that materially help in preventing the development of blood pressure, various health issues, and many more.
For greater health, make sure to have jaggery in your diet as always as possible.
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