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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 1
First page : (1677) Last page : (1681)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.6466

Minor millets-their Potential Health Benefits and Medicinal Properties: A Review

Deepak1*, Raju G. Teggelli2 and Vijaysingh Thakur3
1Scientist (Home Science), KrishiVigyan Kendra, Kalaburagi
2Senior Scientist and Head, KrishiVigyan Kendra, Kalaburagi
3Project Assistant, College of Agriculture, Kalaburagi
*Corresponding Author E-mail: deepaks.uasb@gmail.com
Received: 2.01.2018  |  Revised: 19.01.2018   |  Accepted: 23.01.2018  


In the current century, climate change, water scarcity, food scarcity, increasing world population, rising in food prices and other socioeconomic impacts are expected to generate a great threat to agriculture, food and nutrition security worldwide, especially for the people who live in arid and sub arid regions. These impacts are present challenge to investigate the possibilities to overcome the hunger and poverty. Millet grains have potential health benefits as draught resistant crop yield productivity is good in the areas with water scarcity. Millet is an alkaline forming grain that is gluten-free. Millets are also rich sources of phytochemicals and micronutrients; they play many important roles in the body immune system. Millets have medicinal and nutraceutical properties in the form of antioxidants which prevent deterioration of human health such as lowering blood pressure, risk of heart disease, obesity, prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and decreasing tumor cases etc. Alkaline based diet is often recommended to achieve optimal health. In developing country, cereal-based foods have low bioavailability of minerals like iron and zinc that initiate critical problem for infants and young children. Food processing techniques are used to enhance nutritional quality, improve the digestibility and bioavailability of food nutrients with reducing anti-nutrients. This review mainly focuses on potential health benefits and nutritional properties of millet grains and to know the nutrient content of different millets.

Key words: Food and nutrition security, Health benefits, Millets, Medicinal and Nutritional quality.

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Cite this article: Deepak, Teggelli, R.G. and Thakur, V., Minor millets- their Potential Health Benefits and Medicinal Properties: A Review, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(1): 1677-1681 (2018). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.6466