Jaggery benefits for kids and adults – Jaggery or gur is a wonder ingredient that every Indian kitchen boasts of. It is not just a flavourful food item but also has numerous health benefits for children and adults both.
I remember my mother used to give us a small piece of gur every day during winters, when we were young. It was supposed to provide warmth and keep ailments at bay. Of course, we were only too happy to oblige because it is also delicious. Today we look at various benefits of jaggery or gur in our everyday life.
Jaggery benefits for digestion
Jaggery is known to help in proper maintenance of digestive system. It is said that having a small piece of jaggery after food will help in digestion of heavy foods.
Jaggery prevents problems of gas or flatulence
Having a small piece of jaggery after food prevents indigestion and troubles like bloating, flatulence etc. In many places, it is a custom to have a small piece of jaggery after any heavy meal.
Jaggery prevents constipation
Jaggery activates digestive enzymes and aids in bowel stimulation. It is known to relieve and prevent constipation.
Jaggery benefits in better metabolism
Jaggery boosts secretion of digestive enzymes, thus improving digestion as well improving metabolism.
Jaggery benefits for boosting immunity in kids
Jaggery is rich in many minerals as well as anti-oxidants and thus helps in boosting immunity. A strong immune system means less infections and diseases. Jaggery is rich in zinc and selenium that, as you know, prevent free-radical damage caused by oxidative stress.
Jaggery is a good source of iron
Jaggery is rich in iron and folate. It therefore helps in preventing anemia by helping to maintain normal level of red blood cells in body. It is considered very good for pregnant women too because of being rich in iron.
Jaggery benefits during winters
Jaggery has natural warming properties, so it is recommended that one should have it every day during cold, winter season. Kids can be given a small piece every morning and evening during the winter months to keep cold and cough at bay.
Jaggery benefits in curing cold and cough
Jaggery is very effective in curing seasonal cold and cough. We have shared numerous home remedies for dry cough and cold that use jaggery. Mixed with ghee, it helps in soothing irritation that comes with sore throat and dry cough.