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Health Benefits of Sorghum

Sorghum is a cereal that has multiple healthy benefits. Discover some of them and you will want to add them to your diet right away.

Exercise & Fitness By Bhadra Kamalasanan / Mar 29, 2014

Bran Full of Nutrition

If you add a variety of nutrients to your diet, you bless your body with the possibility of a lot of nutrition. In contrast to a lot of other types of cereal grains, sorghum is gluten-free. In fact, there is more. The bran layers of the dark coloured varieties of sorghum are dense with phytonutrients that have lots of healthful properties. Read on to learn about the different healthful benefits of sorghum.

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The Variety of Nutrients in Sorghum

Sorghum can be served alone, used in porridges as well as breads or popped. Sorghum is rich in riboflavin, thiamin, trace minerals such as phosphorus, iron and potassium and niacin. The colour of sorghum may range from white to red to black and the bran that is dark-coloured is rich in certain food compounds such as tannins phenolic acids, policosanols and anthocyanins.

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Fights Cancer

The bran layers of different varities of pigmented sorghum are rich in antioxidants that protect the body against development of cancer. Studies have shown a reduction in the mortality rates of people with esophageal cancer who regularly consumed sorghum. Certain compounds in sorghum, also called, 3-Deoxyanthoxyanins are present in the darker-coloured varieties of sorghums; these have strong altiproliferative activity against colon cancer.

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Protects against Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

A study from the University of Georgia Neutraceutical Research Libraries said that bran layers of sorghum that have a high level of phenolic content as well as anti-oxidant properties tend to inhibit the protein glycation. Oat, wheat or rice bran, on the other hand, did not do much to inhibit the protein. This study showed that particular varieties of sorghum bran can affect the biological processes of that are crucial in diabetes and insulin resistance.

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Manages Cholesterol

Sorghum is a rich source of phytochemicals, which is what drew researchers at the University of Nebraska to study its potential in managing cholesterol. When they fed different levels of sorghum lipids to hamsters for over 4 weeks, they found that the healthy fats present in sorghum reduced bad cholesterol levels significantly.

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Slow Carbohydrate Digestion and Absorption

There have been studies done to prove that sorghum may help in the reduction of carbohydraye absorption and digestion, which could further help in controlling blood glucose levels in people who have diabetes. Adding sorghum to porridges helps to lower the estimated glycemic index of the porridge.

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Is Gluten-free

If you are allergic to gluten or just cannot tolerate it, you can easily take to sorghum because it is gluten-free and therefore, a deserving alternative staple grain. Sorghum is said to be safe for those people who have celiac disease. If you do finally decide to bring lots of sorghum home, make sure that you do not depend on its protein for your daily needs because it is poorly digested once cooked and also is deficient in essential amino acid.

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Treats Human Melanoma

Sorghum may help one to treat human melanoma, found scientists in Madrid who studied the effects of three different components from wine and one from sorghum on human melanoma cells. Even though the results were mixed, the researchers concluded that all the four components have therapeutic agents that can possibly treat human melanoma.

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Reduces risk of Heart Disease

Sorghums are rich in antioxidants that are believed to help in lowering the risk of a lot of diseases including those of the heart. It Besides, the wax that covers the sorghum grain consists compounds, policosanols, etc that are known to improve cardiac health.

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Benefits Metabolism

Consumption of sorghum ensures that you have a better, stronger immune system. Sorghum has lots of magnesium and copper, which contribute to healthy bone tissues and regulate body's calcium levels and boost immune system and promote development of red blood cells, respectively.

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Promotes Digestive Health

Because sorghum has lots of fibre, it promotes digestive health and when combined with other fibre-rich foods, it can make up for a high-fiber diet, thus fighting cardiovascular disease and promoting blood sugar control.

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