Health Benefits of Millet

– Except for oats, millet contains more vitamins and oligo- elements than any other grain. Millet:

– is very rich in silicic acid

– strengthens hair, nails and teeth (which is why it’s added to most cat and dog foods – lucky animals!)

– easy to digest

– Dr. U. Renzenbrink, an anthroposophic physician, recommends eating millet three times a day for a number of weeks to eliminate skin problems like eczema.

– Persons who are engaged in intellectual work, as well as persons who are nervous or who suffer from arteriosclerosis, should make millet a regular part of their diet.

– Different varieties of millet have different therapeutic properties:

– Italian millet (Setaria italica) is recommended for breastfeeding mothers and persons recovering from fractured bones, as well as for alleviating symptoms of arthritis (apply millet paste to affected joints)

– white millet (Panicum miliaceum) is recommended for cases of urinary tract infections

– millet grown in Japan (Echinocloa frumentacea) is most rich in carbohydrates

– the variety grown in Egypt and India contains the most calories (461 per 100 grams or about 3.5 ounces)

– Millet is also recommended for the prevention of gallstones.

– Rich in choline (Vitamin J), it helps control cholesterol levels in the blood.

– Note that millet contains no gluten, which makes it an excellent source of glucides and certain proteins for persons who are allergic to gluten.