“Panicum Miliaceum”, with many common names including Proso Millet, Broomcorn millet, Common millet, Broomtail millet, Hog millet, Kashfi millet red millet, White millet and Cheno millet
Health benefits of Proso millet comes from its unique properties among millets. It is completely gluten free, has significant amounts of carbohydrates and fatty acids. Apart from these, it also contains essential minerals like phosphorus, manganese, magnesium etc.
Beneficial in anti-ageing : Proso millet has high anti-oxidant content. Anti-oxidants are substances which remove free radicals from your body. Free radicals are produced in virtually every process in the body. These molecules damage the cells and fatigue them causing them to age. These are the reasons for wrinkles on skin, complexion loss etc. A healthy serving of Proso millets everyday can help you delay the ageing process.
Beneficial for nervous system : Proso millet contains high amount of lecithin. Lecithin is a compound that indirectly affects the nervous system and keeps it functioning smoothly. Proso millet is also known to strengthen nervous system.
Beneficial in preventing pellagra and other Niacin dependent conditions : Pellagra is a condition in which the skin becomes scaly and rough and starts falling off. This is caused due to the deficiency of niacin. Proso millet has a very high content of niacin. Thus people whose diets are primarily meat based can avoid niacin deficiency by consuming daily portions of millet.
Useful for strengthening bones : Proso millet contains high amounts of calcium which is essential for bone growth and maintenance. It actually contains one of the most absorbable sources of calcium found among food stuffs. This is especially useful for young children whose bones are in the growing phase and need plenty of calcium and for old people for whom large amounts of calcium are required for proper bone maintenance.
Beneficial in preventing cardiac diseases : New research by the scientists in Seoul, South Korea suggests that regular consumption of millets can reduce the risk of heart diseases. Rats fed with millets for as short as a period of 4 weeks showed lower concentration of triglycerides as compared to non-millet rats. Millets also reduced the concentration of C-Reactive proteins which also helps in cutting heart disease risks.
Helps to lower cholesterol : Proso millet has been shown to reduce the cholesterol levels in mammals. Apparently, Proso millet elevates the levels of High Density Lipoproteins in the body. The presence of HDLs increases the metabolism of cholesterol and helps bring it under control. Apart from this, Millet is also known to contain phyto chemicals like Phytic acid. Phytic acid is known to reduce cholesterol. This is an added benefit to the fact that it can also reduce heart disease risk.