Jowar, also known as jawar, jondhalaa, jola and jwaarie can be consumed in different forms such as bhakri, roti, idli and even dosa.

As macrobiotic nutritionist and health practitioner Shilpa Arora told NDTV, “Rich in protein, iron and copper, this gluten-free grain is known to play a crucial role in cellular function and repair.”

She added, “The rich quantity of potassium and phosphorus helps lower cholesterol and manage high blood pressure.”

Here’s how this magic millet can be a boost to your health.

Being a complex carbohydrate, jowar takes time to digest, thus ensuring the blood sugar levels do not spike.

The fibre and protein in it help in controlling the release of sugar in the blood.

The millet has a low glycemic index (GI) of 50, which means that it does not raise blood sugar as fast as other foods.

The fibre content in jowar helps in lowering LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular issues.

It has antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin B and E and iron also to keep heart diseases at bay.

Vitamin B3 in jowar provides energy while iron helps in the development of red blood cells, and copper helps in absorbing iron from the gut.

Magnesium and calcium improves bone and tissue health.