8 Health benefits of drumsticks

Jun 28, 2015

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    Eat them for a healthy you!

    Drumsticks, also known as 'Shajan' in hindi, are packed with valuable minerals and proteins. They are commonly used in the preparation of sambar and can also be cooked  with other vegetables and lentils. Being so healthy and tasty, it is important to know the health benefits of shajan. Here are some reasons why you must include drumsticks in your diet.

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    It builds strong bones

    Consumption of drumsticks is beneficial for strengthening bones as they contain high amounts of calcium, iron and other essential vitamins. Regular consumption of drumsticks in the form of juice or along with milk can raise bone density and enhance bone health in children.

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    It promotes blood purification

    The leaves and pods of drumsticks not only help in purifying blood but also act as a strong antibiotic agent. Consumption of this green vegetable on a regular basis reduces risk for acne and other skin related problems.

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    Lowers blood sugar levels

    Drumstick leaves can significantly reduce blood glucose levels and help in controlling diabetes. Consumption of drumsticks either in the form of soup or juices can enhance gall bladder function, which in turn reduces sugar levels.

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    Relieves respiratory problems

    Drumsticks can also help with respiratory problems such as sore throat, asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis and cough or congestion. They have anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively provide relief by flushing out toxic content.

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    Reduces risk for pregnancy complications

    Pregnant women are often recommended to include drumsticks in their diet as they help in delivery and can effectively ease pre and post delivery complications. The high content of vitamins and minerals in this vegetable plays an important role in reducing sluggishness of the uterus and boosts production of milk post delivery.

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    Protects against infections

    Antibacterial agents present in leaves and flowers of drumsticks prevent throat and skin infections. They also contain high levels of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and eliminates harmful free radicals from the body.

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    Improves digestion

    Leaves and pods of drumsticks are loaded with vitamin B complexes which play a vital role in digestion. These vitamins are known to regulate the digestive process by breaking down complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats into simpler forms.

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    Enhances sexual health

    Presence of a good amount of zinc in drumsticks enhances the process of spermatogenesis – development of the male reproductive cell.  The bark of the plant contains certain compounds that help in curing impotency, premature ejaculation and thinness of semen. Image Source: Getty