Gluten is a family of proteins mainly found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). It contains gliadin and glutenin. The elasticity of dough is because of its gluten content. Gluten gives a chewy texture and desired shape to the product. In some people, gluten causes inflammatory and autoimmune reactions, where it mainly destroys the tissue of the small intestine and gut lining. In human body absorption of nutrients takes place in the small intestine, so in such cases, it is very important to follow a gluten-free diet for good gut health and nutritional status. Now let's know about the two grains which are naturally gluten-free and have many health benefits too:
Millet is one such ancient superfood that gives many health benefits due to its nutritional content. It helps to strengthen the immune system, promote good bone health and aids in weight loss. It contains all potential antioxidants which prevent ageing and metabolic disorders like diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia etc. We know that many diseases occur due to our body's acidic pH. Where a diet rich in alkaline foods are required. So this grain is alkaline in nature, preventing acidity and heartburn issues.
Health Benefits of Millet:
It's a good source of B vitamins like niacin, folate and pantothenic acid. These nutrients help to perform many enzymatic reactions in our body and are also necessary for the normal functioning of the organs.
Millet contains an insoluble fibre known as prebiotics. It supports good bacteria in the gut. Insoluble fibre helps to relieve symptoms like constipation, bloating, gas and cramps etc.
It can be a healthier grain to include in your diet if you want to protect your heart. It contains a good amount of magnesium which helps to control blood pressure. Millets are rich in dietary fibre too (both soluble and insoluble fibre) which makes it a good choice for people who are suffering from high cholesterol levels.
It's low in simple carbs and high in complex carbs (a low GI food) and hence its consumption is good to control sugar levels and aids in weight loss.
Millets are rich in antioxidants and phenols especially ferulic acid and catechins. Antioxidants help in reducing oxidative stress in the body and boost immune functioning. The darker millets contain more antioxidants compared to the lighter ones.
It is one of the nutrient-rich grains for pregnant women as it is rich in iron, protein, antioxidants, dietary fibre, calcium, magnesium, potassium and folate. All those nutrients are required more during pregnancy. Its high iron content improves haemoglobin levels. Dietary fibre prevents constipation and helps to lower blood sugar levels in gestational diabetes. Calcium and folate help in fetus development. Magnesium and potassium manage blood pressure.
And other information for those who are trying to conceive, that this grain can help you. The science behind that is, grains that are high in complex carbs and low in refined carbs prevent a surge in insulin resistance and preserve ovulation. Also, women suffering from PCOD should add this grain to their daily diet. As it helps to cut down the visceral fat, thus regulates the menstrual cycle.
Buckwheat is not a type of wheat, it's a gluten-free grain that comes under the group of cereals commonly called pseudocereals. As it doesn't grow in grass, it's a plant just like quinoa and amaranth. Basically, it is a seed that needs grinding to make its flour. We all include this grain in our diet during fasting days. But do we know its amazing health benefits?
Health Benefits of Buckwheat:
It is more satiating than any other grain due to its power loaded nutrient and complex carbohydrate content. And this helps to reduce weight as it keeps you full for a longer time and prevent you from binge eating.
Iron is very important for our body's normal functioning. Deficiency of this mineral leads to anaemia, weakness and fatigue. Buckwheat is a good source of iron. So make this grain a part of your diet on non-fasting days too.
It is rich in magnesium and calcium, minerals that are required for healthy and stronger bones and teeth, promotes growth and development.
Among the other pseudocereals, buckwheat is a rich source of rutin antioxidants. It contains other antioxidants too like quercetin. Rutin has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help to remove potentially harmful substances called "free radicals" from our bodies. And thus it boosts immunity.
It's a rich source of plant-based protein, especially contains a good amount of aspartic acid, arginine and lysine amino acids. These amino acids help in the regularization of hormones in the body. Studies show that intake of lysine may reduce anxiety also improves calcium absorption.
Because of its miraculous nutritional content, it can be a superfood for pregnant women. And it's totally safe to have during pregnancy as it has a good amount of folate, iron, magnesium, calcium, dietary fibre and essential amino acids. Folate supplementation is needed during pregnancy or before conception. A diet rich in folate helps to prevent neural birth defects. Also, it contains a higher amount of dietary fibre, including all three fibre soluble, insoluble or resistant starch.
The role of fibre in our body is to delays the metabolism of sugar and to keep the digestive system healthy. So consumption of this seed will keep you at bay from general problems that occur during pregnancy such as constipation, gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Research says that intake of lysine with iron and vitamin supplements helps to improve hemoglobin levels in pregnant women.
It will be a great choice for women who are planning to conceive, as buckwheat is a good source of folic acid which helps in releasing eggs during ovulation. Also, it contains a rutin antioxidant that promotes the circulatory system in women. Its high fibre content will help to lose weight in PCOD. It has been found in studies that it lower the testosterone levels by which regulates the ovulation process.
Here is one nutritious recipe you can make by using these two grains:
Millet and buckwheat bhel with the goodness of iron and calcium:
Whole millet grain (boiled): ½ bowl
Buckwheat seed (boiled): ½ bowl
Steamed moong, Kala chana sprouts: ½ bowl
Tossed mushroom: ½ bowl
Green apple: ½ bowl chopped
Lemon: as per taste
Salt and pepper: as per taste
Take a pan and boil whole millet grain and buckwheat seed in water on slow flame till it gets transparent. Drain the extra water and take out the boiled seeds in a bowl. Now add steamed moong and Kala chana sprouts. Meanwhile, toss the mushroom in a pan for few minutes. Add chopped green apple and tossed mushroom in a mixture and flavour it with salt, pepper and lemon.
You can enjoy this bhel as a mid between snack or in dinner.
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Bhubaneswar, Sep 6 (IANS) The Odisha government is taking all necessary steps to start functioning of the proposed medical college and hospital at Sundargarh from next academic session 2022-23, State Health Minister Naba Das told the Odisha Assembly on Monday.Making a statement in the House, Das said the medical college being set up with the support of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) will function with 100 MBBS seats while the hospital will have 500 beds.The State government had signed a memorandum of understanding with the NTPC in December, 2013 to set up this medical college with a preliminary estimation of Rs 350 crore. For this, the State had provided 21 acres of land free of cost, he said.Following the demand of politicians, intellectuals, lawyers and the general public of western Odisha, the State chief secretary in November last year wrote a letter to the Union health secretary requesting for establishment of a second AIIMS at the infrastructure developed by NTPC for the proposed medical college, the minister informed the House. At present, the State has one AIIMS at Bhubaneswar."Later on March 15, 2021, I requested the Union health minister to set up the second AIIMS of Odisha at Sundergarh," he said.In April this year, the Union health ministry had sent a Central team to make field verification of the proposed medical college and they have expressed satisfaction. The team had raised the requirement of 200 acres of land to set up the AIIMS, he further said.The minister said the State government can provide required land and financial assistance from district mineral fund (DMF) for establishing an AIIMS.The State director of medical education and training had also submitted a proposal to the members of the Central team in April last. However, the Union government has not given any reply to this proposal, even after five months, he pointed out."If the Centre decides to set up the AIIMS at Sundergarh, the State government will provide all necessary support for it," Das assured.--IANSbbm/dpb
New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The Delhi government on Friday notified the Medical Oxygen Production Promotion Policy 2021 with an aim to increase the production of oxygen in the national capital through either new manufacturing enterprises or by expanding the production capacity of the existing units.Under this policy, the Delhi government has set a target to establish liquid oxygen manufacturing facilities of minimum 50 MT capacity. The government has also planned to set up non-captive oxygen generation plants (PSA/air separation unit technology) of minimum 10 MT and and maximum 100 MT capacity, a notification issued by the Delhi government said.Apart from these, the policy also includes captive oxygen generation plants of maximum 500 LPM capacity at hospitals and nursing homes to cater to their peak demand for medical oxygen. The policy provides several incentives to the private sector to set up oxygen production units, storage facilities and oxygen tankers.For installing liquid medical oxygen (LMO) storage tanks in the hospitals, the Delhi government will provide Rs one lakh per MT. The subsidy will be granted only if the storage tanks are procured and commissioned by December 31 this year."100 per cent capital subsidy under this policy shall be provided to the approved units within one month of commissioning. In case an unit wishes to avail 50 per cent upfront payment as advance at the stage of proposal sanctioning, the same shall be provided against a bank guarantee for an equivalent amount, extending up to the date of commissioning. The 50 per cent subsidy for liquid oxygen manufacturing plants and non-captive oxygen generation plants shall be provided only after proof of land is submitted," the notification read.Along with capital subsidy, the Delhi government will also provide power subsidy to the liquid oxygen generation plants and non-captive oxygen generation plants at Rs 4 per unit consumed in the manufacturing process for the first five years from the date of commencement of commercial production, said a statement released by the Delhi government.The policy was approved by the Delhi cabinet on August 3.--IANSpd/arm
Tokyo, Aug 20 (IANS) The Japanese government is preparing to offer a third shot of the Covid-19 vaccine to medical workers if the Health Ministry believes it is needed, a Minister said here.Taro Kono, the Minister in charge of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, made the remarks at a meeting of a Diet committee on Thursday that the US government decided to offer booster doses to people eight months after their second injection, reports Xinhua news agency.Japan started the vaccination for its medical workers in February, and eight months after that is October, he said.According to Kono, the government's current priority is to make sure that people who are willing for inoculation can get the required two shots as soon as possible.The mInister also said the government is making preparations for the infection programs so that the inoculation can be implemented quickly in the occasion the Health Ministry recommends the booster shots.The decision of the US government was based on data revealing that an additional shot is necessary to ensure the immune system can constantly fight against the virus.--IANSksk/
Gurugram, Aug 18 (IANS) The ongoing political unrest in Afghanistan and the Covid-19 pandemic have had a huge economical impact on Gurugram's medical tourism.Prominent hospitals in Gurugram have claimed that a huge dip in admission of foreign nationals have been witnessed due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, while the latest political tussle in Afghanistan will also have a huge impact on medical tourism in Gurugram.Hospital managements are claiming that due to the current unrest in Afghanistan, they are not getting any new Afgan patient and even the few who were admitted to their facilities were discharged a week ago."Before the pandemic, around 40 to 50 patients from Afghanistan used to get admitted to our hospital with diverse health issues. However, during the current pandemic, this number has significantly come down to about 10-15. But ever since the political turmoil began in Afghanistan, we have not received any new patient from the country," Amit Bhura, Facility Director, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Gurugram, told IANS.Sources in the hospitals said that in India, foreign nationals get quality medical facilities at a cheaper rate as compared to the US and other developed nations, for which several patients, including from Afghanistan, visit the country regularly."Currently, we don't have any patient from Afghanistan. We do get many patients from Afghanistan but owing to Covid, the numbers dipped from 33 per cent last year to 16 per cent till the beginning of August," Sameer Kulkarni, Regional Director, Paras Hospitals, Gurugram, told IANS.Medical tourists from Bangladesh, Iraq, Afghanistan, Maldives and African nations visit Gurugram's hospitals for better healthcare facilities.For the Afghans, India is a cheap healthcare destination where hospitals offer quality treatment at reasonable rates.The present Covid-19 pandemic has already impacted medical tourists' footfalls and now the political instability in the war-torn Afghanistan is hurting medical tourism further."Over the last decade, Indian hospitals have witnessed a significant inflow of patients from Afghanistan and adjoining countries, who sought medical treatment and care available in India. Fortis has treated Afghan patients for different ailments, and some have even undergone organ transplants. But since the past year, medical tourism in India has come to a complete halt due to the pandemic and restrictions on commercial flight movements," said Anil Vinayak, Group COO, Fortis Healthcare Ltd."However, from June 2021 onwards, we were seeing initial signs of recovery and patients from middle eastern countries and Afghanistan had gradually started to come to our hospitals," he said."There is already a dip in the footfall of patients arriving from overseas. At present, the hospital doesn't have any patient from Afghanistan. Also, it is early to say that the ongoing political unrest would affect the footfall of patients coming from Afghanistan," said the spokesperson of a city-based private hospital."Once the situation stabilises, we are hopeful that patients will be able to travel for medical assistance to India," he added.Apart from this, Afgan nationals who were staying in Gurugram as PG and in guest houses located in Sector 38 or its adjoining areas have also left for Lajpat Nagar in Delhi, which houses a significant Afghan population."Afghan nationals who used to live in Gurugram to look after the patients have left for Lajpat Nagar in the national capital as several Afgan nationals live there. They were in tension and were worried about their relatives in Afghanistan," a PG operator told IANS, requesting anonymity.--IANSstr/arm
New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) The Jawaharlal Nehru University in its Academic Council meeting on Tuesday passed the setting up of a medical school and a 500-bed super speciality hospital on the university campus.This school will offer PhD, MDPhD, MD, MS, DM, MCh and MBBS degree programmes with an emphasis on modern medicine integrated with traditional medicine and knowledge systems."The hospital and the medical college in the JNU University campus will be operational by the year 2024, if all the concerned approvals to the medical college and hospital get nod on time. The hospital will function under the School of Medical Sciences, JNU", said the statement.University Vice-Chancellor Professor M. Jagadesh Kumar said that a great need was felt in JNU for this type of medical school. Therefore, it has been decided to open a medical school based on modern technology and health services. Under this, the introduction of various courses in medical and health sciences is being considered.According to the proposal tabled in the Academic Council meeting, the medical college and hospital to be set up in JNU will offer super-specialty treatment including cardiology, organ transplantation, neurology and pulmonology.The proposal for the medical college and hospital has been prepared under the new National Education Policy and the JNU Act 1966. Along with JNU Administration, the committee that made this proposal includes experts from hospitals like AIIMS and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences.There is a proposal to set up a medical college and hospital on the available 25 acres of land in the south-western part of the university campus.The proposal states that admission to MBBS and MD courses will be done through NEET by the National Testing Agency.---IANSavr/skp/