Sunday, May 3, 2009

North India jaggery

Jaggery has sucrose and glucose but along with that, it also has good amount of minerals and vitamins needed for the healthy functioning of the body. While diabetic people are often advised replacing sugar with jaggery, you need to be careful as the latter may cause sudden spike of blood sugar levels. Jaggery is also known to be a good source of magnesium which in turn helps in relieving fatigue along with relaxation of muscles, nerves and blood vessels. It thus helps in relieving the symptoms of asthma, migraine, tension and soreness in muscles. Jaggery is also a good source of potassium and this along with low amounts of sodium helps to maintain blood pressure and reduces water retention. Not to forget, jaggery is very good for anemic people as it is a good source of iron that helps in increasing hemoglobin level in the body. It is also a very good source of manganese and selenium and thus acts as an antioxidant scavenging free radicals from the body. In addition, jaggery also possesses moderate amounts of calcium, phosphorus and zinc. Jaggery thus helps to maintain optimum health and it also helps in the purification of blood, along with preventing rheumatic afflictions and disorders of bile.