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Benefits of Jaggery: Here's Why You Must Eat 'Gur' This Winter

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo

Jaggery, also known as Gur in Hindi, is one of the best raw sweeteners, which is easily available in the market. Jaggery is also the power booster for you in the winter season. Jaggery contains hot potency (Taseer) and thus it must be consumed it in winters. It helps in the regulation of body temperature & also detoxifies your body.

Jaggery can be made from various sources such as date palm, sap of coconut etc but the one made from sugarcane juice is most commonly used in the country. It is made by boiling juice of sugarcane till it solidifies and later put into blocks.

Health Benefits of Jaggery (Gur)

Rich in iron contents

Gur helps in maintaining the normal level of red blood cells (RBC) in human body. It contains good amount of iron and folate hence can easily help in preventing anemia. Consumption of jaggery is very beneficial for pregnant women. Because of the presence of a large number of minerals & vitamins, jaggery can help you regain the lost energy.

Generates heat inside the body

As per Ayurveda, jaggery has a hot potency, which implies that throughout its metabolism, heat is generated within the body. Each gram of jaggery offers 4 calories, thus producing heat within the body. During winters the blood vessels get constricted due to weather conditions and gur is helpful in dilating the blood vessels & improving blood flow. Jaggery also contains minerals, antioxidants, metallic elements such as iron, phosphorus, zinc, potassium etc which makes its consumption even more healthy.

Boosts immunity

Jaggery helps in boosting resistance against certain infections within human body. It is loaded with many antioxidants, minerals & vitamins. This seasonal delight boosts the immunity & protects the body against harmful pathogens. It also helps in treating cough and cold naturally. It has the capability of protecting your lungs from poisonous pollutants in the air.  

Prevents constipation

Gur helps in stimulating bowel movements in the body, thereby providing ease in constipation. Jaggery regulates reactions within the body, cools down stomach, improves production of digestive enzymes & gets converted into acetic acid. It can also treat intestinal worms etc.

Detoxifies body

Gur removes the toxins present within human body. It has anti-allergic properties that help in preventing allergies caused by cough and cold during winters. Jaggery also purifies the blood as, after detoxification, the blood flow gets improved. Moreover, the respiratory tract is cleaned hence you become resistive to infections that generally approach in winters.

Prevents joint pain

If you are suffering from joint ache then jaggery will give you the much-needed relief from pain. Your grandparents are already aware of the benefits of jaggery and that's why they consume it after every meal. Jaggery helps in strengthening bones and gives relief from arthritis pain.

Eases menstrual pain

Jaggery contains many minerals and vitamins hence consumption of a small amount of gur can counteract the energy lost during periods. It also releases Endorphins, which makes you feel good & provides relieve during menstruation. Jaggery can tackle sudden mood swings, stomach cramps and fluctuating hormone levels if consumed after meals.

Prevents respiratory problems

Ayurveda says that gur consumed with sesame seeds is no less than a boon. If you consume jaggery wth sesame seeds on a regular basis then it will cure respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis etc. Now as the respiratory tract is clean, regulation of the functioning of kidney & lungs takes place.

Benefits of jaggery for weight loss

Jaggery has a high content of potassium that is responsible for the balance of electrolytes in your body. Potassium directly helps in weight loss and management by reducing the water retention in body. Hence people who are over-weight and want to reduce some pounds must start eating jaggery today.

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