Millets for Iron Defficiency Anemia


The prevalence of iron defficiency anemia is highest among low and middle income countries. Lack of iron impairs mental development and increases fatigue. Severe anemia, increases the risk of women dying in childbirth.

A new study has shown that regular consumption of millets can improve hemoglobin and serum ferritin levels to reduce iron deficiency anemia, which is rising globally. 

Some more reasons to add millets

Regulate blood glucose levels : Millets have a low glycemic index of 54-68 with the presence of a high amount of dietary fibre, proteins with all essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals helps in stabilizing the blood sugar levels.

Weight loss : Including millets can remarkably help in lowering the BMI. Additionally, it can lower accumulation of fat, improves gut health and help you in achieving sustained weight loss.

Heart health : Millets are loaded with an impressive profile of antioxidants that include beta-glucans, flavonoids, anthocyanidins, tannins, lignans, and policosanols that helps to maintain the blood vessels health.

Battle Cancer cells : The Phytochemicals in millets exhibit antiproliferative effects and lower formation of cancer cells in the colon, breast, and liver without causing any damages to normal cells.

Promotes Digestion : The presence of a good amount of dietary fibre in millets works well to improve the digestive system function.

It has often been claimed that iron in millets is not highly bioavailable due to the supposed high levels of anti-nutrients, however, this is a myth. As an added bonus, they also contain more zinc, which was similarly absorbed in sufficient amounts to meet the children’s full daily zinc needs. 

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Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.