Millet is a type of combination of various kinds of seeds that are naturally available, but are more commonly cultivated through agricultural means. It is also cultivated for mass and commercial consumption. Millet is one of the most popular forms of breakfast cereal that is consumed in countries like the United States of America. Millet is grown and largely cultivated in semiarid areas and countries such as India, Niger and Nigeria.
Indigenous use of millet
• It is a sought-after crop because it has a very high rate of productivity in some of the harsh conditions.
• It requires the minimum amount of attention for growth. It is also commonly used as bird seed.
• Besides the health concern, millet does not receive as much attention in the west, but has recently received much attention due to a health conscious population.
• The pearl millet is one of the most common and popular forms of millet that are available. Finger millet and foxtail millet are other kinds of millet that are available.
• Millet has largely been part of a steady diet in Africa and Asia. The origins of the seed itself were in the African continent over 10,000 years ago.
• Millet has innumerable health benefits, one of which is a healthy heart. Besides oats, millet is also a very good form of natural heart care.
• Millet contains copious amounts of magnesium, which is known to be good for the heart.
• It primarily keeps the blood pressure in check which in turn allows for a healthy heart. It also prevents arteries from clogging, which is a common case in diabetics.
• Millet is a good remedy for diabetics.
Medicinal values of millet
• Millet is a whole grain and is also an excellent source of much-needed fibre in the body. It is also known to keep the body cholesterol in check.
• In addition to that, millet produces a large amount of phosphorous, which is very useful for the tissue repair.
• This is very useful for people who have a slow metabolism rate and cannot generate enough repair tissue. Millet can augment this process.
• It has additional benefits of avoiding gallstones and Asthma, especially in children.
It is estimated that over 95 percent of millet is grown and cultivated in the developing nations across the world. Millet is considered to be a cash crop, which means that the effort required to cultivate the plant is minimum while it has the largest returns.