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Benefits of Jaggery And Its Side Effects

Gur or jaggery is generally made by boiling concentrated and raw sugarcane juice until it solidifies. It is better in comparison to white sugar which simply adds extra calories to the human body. Jaggery comes with a number of health advantages like its ability of cleansing the human body; supporting digestion and offering good quantities of minerals.

Benefits of Jaggery And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Nutritional Value of Jaggery
Health Benefits of Jaggery
Purifies blood
Rich in iron
Filled with minerals
Beauty treatment
Digestive process
Improves metabolism
Filled with iron
Water retention
Released hormones
Improves nervous system
Prevents respiratory issues
Joint relief
Uses of Jaggery
Side-Effects & Allergies of Jaggery
Origin And Cultivation of Jaggery


Jaggery is unrefined sugar which is called “Bellam” in Telugu, “Gur” in Hindi, “Sharkara” in Malayalam, “Vellam” in Tamil, “Gul” in Marathi and “Bella” in Kannada. It is derived from concentrated raw sugarcane juice. However, it can also be made using different other sources like nolen gur or date palm and coconut sap. Jaggery that is made from the juice of raw and concentrated sugarcane is the one that is commonly used. Jaggery is made by boiling the juice of sugarcane and then heating it for producing thick crystals. Jaggery consists of sugar in the form of sucrose and is widely used in different food products in the form of a sweetener. It is considered healthier in comparison to refined sugar because there are different plant minerals and phytochemicals preserved in jaggery. There are a lot of people who avoid having jaggery mainly because of its raw appearance that is not very appealing. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to make it a regular and integral part of one’s diet because it offers essential nutrients and also because it is one of the most effective remedies for different medical problems.

Nutritional Value of Jaggery

The carbohydrate content of jaggery is around 98% while its sugar content is 97%. 10 grams of this unrefined sugar offers 38 calories. This Indian sweetener is one of the healthiest substitutes of chemically processed or industrial sugar. It is to be noted that the nutritional value of this unrefined sugar might not satisfy the mineral and vitamin requirements of individuals. However, these nutrients are also not found in the refined sugar that people have on a regular basis. Jaggery comes in colors ranging from dark brown to golden brown and consists of 20% invert sugars, 20% moisture and 50% sucrose. It is also effectively combined with coconut, peanuts, white sugar and condensed milk.

Health Benefits of Jaggery

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Jaggery
Health Benefits of Jaggery

Purifies blood

One of the most popular advantages of jaggery is that it possesses the ability of purifying blood. If consumed regularly, jaggery goes a long way in cleansing blood and in leaving the body healthy. It also helps in preventing different blood disorders and diseases by boosting the count of hemoglobin. Jaggery also boosts immunity and thus helps in the prevention of different blood-related problems

Rich in iron

Jaggery is quite rich in its content of folate and iron and therefore it helps in the prevention of anemia. It also offers instant energy preventing weakness and fatigue of the human body

Filled with minerals

Jaggery is packed with minerals and antioxidants like selenium and zinc and these help in preventing free-radical damage. These minerals and antioxidants also help in boosting the body’s resistance to different infections.

Beauty treatment

Jaggery proves to be highly beneficial when used for beauty treatment. It comes loaded with several natural properties ensuring the health of the skin for a very long span of time. It is rich in its content of different minerals and vitamins and thus offers proper nourishment to the skin. Proper nourishment for the skin means healthy and glowing skin. Jaggery is also effective in preventing and treating different skin problems like pimples and acne

Digestive process

It is quite effective in maintaining proper functioning of the digestive system. Properly functioning digestive system means proper prevention of digestive issues and improvement in digestion at the same time. Jaggery stimulates the secretion of digestive enzyme and therefore speeds up the procedure of digestion. Proper digestion helps in regulating bowel movement and in preventing issues like constipation, intestinal worms and flatulence

Improves metabolism

The high mineral content of jaggery and high levels of potassium helps in the management of weight. This is done by reducing the retention of extra water in the human body. The potassium content of jaggery maintains electrolyte balance, improves metabolism and builds muscles help in weight loss.

Filled with iron

Jaggery is one of the richest sources of iron and therefore it should be eaten in combination with foods that are rich in vitamin C. This helps in the absorption of iron within the body. Jaggery is considered one of the best sources of getting long, smooth, strong, black and healthy hair. Applying jaggery paste on hair prior to shampooing can help in making hair naturally long and beautiful.

Water retention

Minor health issues like water retention, migraine, bloating and cough and cold that are experienced by individuals on a regular basis can easily be dealt with the help of jaggery. The only thing that needs to be done is mixing jaggery with warm water or adding it in tea for reaping instant benefits.

Released hormones

Women who experience mood swings prior to having their periods can greatly benefit from having jaggery. Mood swings are the cause of fluctuating hormone levels in the body. Jaggery helps in the release of happy hormones called endorphins. These relax the body making women feel better.

Improves nervous system

Jaggery also helps in preventing major issues faced with the nervous system of the body. It contains several natural properties which are of good help in keeping the nervous system functioning properly. This in turn helps individuals in staying healthy and normal.

Prevents respiratory issues

Having jaggery on a regular basis can help in prevention of different respiratory issues like bronchitis and asthma. Experts are of the view that taking jaggery in the form of a natural sweetener in perfect combination with sesame seeds can be highly beneficial for the respiratory system in human beings. Jaggery contains properties that help in regulating the temperature of the body and this is something that is highly beneficial for the patients of asthma. It is also worth noting that jaggery contains anti-allergy properties as well

Joint relief

For the ones who tend to suffer from pains and aches in their joints, having jaggery can offer the much required relief. If experts are to be believed, jaggery when taken along with ginger can work wonders in alleviating joint pain. Having a glass of milk along with jaggery on a regular basis can also help in strengthening the bones and in preventing bone and joint problems like arthritis.

Uses of Jaggery

Jaggery by many people is used as a lining to coat the walls of earthen ovens. In many rural parts of India, jaggery has for decades been used a toothpaste. Inferior quality jaggery mixed with a little dust of tobacco and is used to clean the teeth. Jaggery is also used in cattle feed during winters as it helps them keep warm. it also increases the milk yield.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Jaggery

Consuming high amount of jaggery for a long time can lead to increase in weight. If not consumed in moderation, it may lead to increase in blood sugar levels. Consuming jaggery for a long period can result in intestinal worm infestation and parasitic infections.

Origin And Cultivation of Jaggery

Consuming high amount of jaggery for a long time can lead to increase in weight. If not consumed in moderation, it may lead to increase in blood sugar levels. Consuming jaggery for a long period can result in intestinal worm infestation and parasitic infections.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi I am from GCC country, I have one question, can I eat jaggery on daily basis after meal is this helpful for me. What are benefits of jaggery?

Homeopath, Chennai
Hi dear jaggery prevents constipation by aiding digestion. It activates the digestive enzymes in our body, thus helps in proper digestion of food. That's why many people prefer eating jaggery after a meal. It acts as a detox, as it helps cleanse the liver by flushing out nasty toxins from the body. You can easily take an online consultation for further guidance

I just read 8 benefits of jaggery in Lybrate .but I want to know does jaggery helps in for curing cholesterol and also does a diabetic patient can take jaggery in daily diet.

Endocrinologist, Delhi
High holesterol can not just be treated with jaggery and diabetic patient should not take jaggery as it is equally harmful as sugar for diabetes.

How to control blood pressure. High BPor low BP how to control it. What are the foods that control the BP. How to confirm BP whether it low BP or high BP.

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy, Special Course
Homeopath, Rajkot
It is depends upon person to person because there is no ideal figure for normal blood pressure but it varies according to type of person and its nature and food habits but for controlling blood pressure you have to live your daily habits very timely and early waking regular timings of meal and exercise with perspiration will help you regards.
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When I do sex with my wife after some time she feel foot pain after that she can not do any activity. Thereafter I have to ejaculate faster. Don't know what's the problem is this her orgasm or What?

PhD Human Genetics
It's possible that While trying to reach climax or as she nears the climax, she holds her muscles tight, and in the process getting cramps. Ask her to take calcium tablets and a sweet made of jaggery for a few days. If the problem persists, see your physician.

I am 32 years old. Taking nebicard 5 one tab a day for Blood pressure. I took last Bp read 2 months back as 130/86. Is it a decent read with medication.

MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DM - Cardiology, Fellowship in EP
Cardiologist, Delhi
Ok, don't increase medicines. Improve diet, less alcohol, sugar jaggery and starchy foods. Balanced diet and exercise. That's the secret of healthy life.
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Popular Health Tips

Besan Ladoo With A Twist

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Besan Ladoo With A Twist

As the chilly winter days melt into the more comfortable spring weather, people celebrate Basant Panchami or Vasant Panchami. For Basant Panchami the yellow colour dominates for not only do people wear yellow coloured clothes, even the food that’s prepared as offering to the goddess is also yellow.

So we have come up with a HEALTHY RECIPE " BESANLADOO" with a AMAZING TWIST.

Lets try it out and if you like it DO share it.


  • Gluten, grain, dairy, soy free recipe can be nutfree too
  • CookTime: 30 minutes


  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 Tablespoon shredded coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2.5 Tablespoons jaggery
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • generous pinch of nutmeg powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon skimmed milk


1. Add chickpea flour to a pan and Dry roast for 5 minutes on low heat. stir once or twice.

2. Add coconut and oil, Mix well and roast for 15 minutes.

Press down and mix well every 3-4 minutes.

3. Add sugar, salt and spices and mix well. Roast on another 3 minutes.

4. Sprinkle milk on the mixture and mix.

5Take off heat. Let cool for a minute or so until warm to handle.

6. Make balls of the mixture. Press crushed cashew or pistachios or raisins on top.

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1 Year= 365 Opportunities

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOT), Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management
Occupational Therapist, Delhi
1 Year= 365 Opportunities
  • As this new year begins (first month is half over) let's not just make fake resolutions to break them every sunday blinging on foreign desserts like cheesecakes or waffle instead dear friends let's blinge on till (sesame) and gud (jaggery) ladoos, nariyal (coconut) ki burfi. These are far more healthy and connects us to our roots. Our genes respond them better as we are grew up consuming them. These indian Super foods are rich source of nutrients and they even help us cut down our super cravings. 
  • Don't starve yourself, eat wisely and enjoy life.
  • Have a gadget free day day once a week. Owners of multi million dollars tech firms have confessed that they gave their children gadget free upbringing. Why aren't we learning our lesson? let's wake up before it is too late.
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Know About Acidity

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda, Ph.d Arthritic Disorder
Ayurveda, Surat
Know About Acidity

Acidity is related to Heartburn and Gas formation in stomach. In acidity, acid reflux or Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), or more commonly known as 'Urdhvag Amalpitta' in ayurveda, there is a movement of gastric juices ( acid in nature) from the stomach into the lower part of esophagus. Ayurveda considers it to be caused by the aggravation of Pitta dosha. When Kapha is associated with this aggravated Pitta, the Acid starts climbing the oesophagus. This is exactly the hyperacidity for most of us and is translated widely as- Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Acid Brash etc.



  • Excessive use of the oily and spicy foods
  • Anxiety, depression and anger
  • Irregular eating habits.
  • Consumption of Maida products in large quantity.
  • To use leafy vegetables in excess
  • Sleeping just after taking meal.
  • Drinking of excessive water
  • Not to sleep in night, long working hours.
  • Excessive intake of the caffeine and nicotine products.
  • Constipation
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Foods which are rich in fats, such as chocolates cause acidity or acid reflux diseases.
  • Excessive intake of alcohol, smoking, keeping stomach empty for long time, skipping breakfast causes acidity.
  • Other causes of acidity or heartburn are pregnancy, aging, obesity, and bad eating habit, like eating junk foods.



  • Pain in upper abdomen immediately following a large or spicy meal
  • Nausea, vomiting, and loss of desire to eat which may persist for 1-2 days
  • Heartburn or sour belching
  • A sense of abdominal distension or 'bloating'
  • Flatulence (burping, belching)
  • Blood vomiting or blood in stool may occur in severe cases
  • If gastritis persists there may be eventual development of anemia



Home Remedies

  • 1] For an instant relief from the high acid take tender coconut (Cocus nucifera) water. A dose of 100 to 500 ml should be taken twice/day. This is the best quick releiveing home remedy for the Heartburn alias Acid reflux.
  • 2] Take the powder of Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) in a dose of 3 to 6 g should be taken with100 to 250 ml water twice/day. Amalaki is one of the best pacifier for the Pitta as well as the Kapha Dosha and also a rich source of Vitamin C- to heal the bruised stomach and esophagous due to the high production of the Acid in stomach.
  • 3] To get relief from the high reflux of the acid mix gruel of rice corn, raw sugar, and honey in equal quantity. A dose of 100 to 200 g should be taken twice/day. This will full the stomach and the mucoidal layer on will protect the Stomach and esophagus for longer times and will keep the heartburn and acid reflux, away.
  • 4] Take powdere of Haritaki and Bhringraja (Eclipta alba) in equal quantity. A dose of 3 to 6 g should be taken with 12 g of jaggery and warm water twice/day- this will help you to get rid of the basic causes behind the Acid Reflux and Heartburn. Bhringraj is a herb of choice to get rid if the liver problems and all kind of digestive upsets.
  • 5] Instead of Tea or Coffee prepare a decoction from the equal parts of stem of Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), fruit of Neem, leaf of snakeguard, and Triphala. A dose of 14 to 28 ml should be taken twice/day. Take it only after cooling down to the room temperature. If you dont find the taste of above one, try this second option - prepare a decoction of equal parts of dried ginger, fruit of coriander, and leaf of snakeguard. A dose of 14 to 28 ml should be taken twice/day, keep in mind if you are mixing sugar- dont boil the sugar.
  • 6] Drink coriander (Coriandrum sativum) and cumin (Cuminum cyminum) tea, it is nice when your Acid reflux or heartburn is caused by the indigestion or overloading of the stomach in a late night party.



What to eat and how much to eat is an important factor in controlling acidity. The following tips should be followed:

  • The diet should consist of milk with sugar, and a little old rice.
  • Other recommended substances are: barley, wheat, rice (at least one year old), cucumber, bitter gourd, green banana, pumpkin, pomegranate, and cow's milk.
  • Eat dinner two to three hours before sleeping time as it keeps you healthy.
  • Fibers are necessary in the diet as they help in the digestion.
  • Take the balanced diet, don't shift to the totally bland spice-less foods.
  • Eat small meals more often as it helps in digestion.
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Psoriasis - How Ayurvedic Remedies Help?

MD - Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), DY ( Yoga & Ayurvedic Diet ), CCYP ( Yoga & Ayurvedic Diet )
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Psoriasis - How Ayurvedic Remedies Help?

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disorder. Although it is non-contagious, the disease is quite complex. Erythematous plaques with silvery scales appear on skin layers, which basically characterise the disease. This excessive increase of cell division in the basal layer of the skin, results in increased proliferation on skin layers.


The symptoms of psoriasis vary from person to person. Some of the common symptoms of psoriasis are the following:

  1. Raised, red patches of skin topped with loose, silvery scales, usually on the knees or elbows
  2. Thick, red patches known as plaques, and dry, silvery scales appearing on the scalp, face, elbows, knees, palms, and soles of the feet.
  3. Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  4. Joint swelling, tenderness, and pain
  5. Thickened, pitted or ridged nails

Causes of Psoriasis According To Ayurveda

Acharya Charak has described the involvement of vata and kapha in ekkushtha or psoriasis. Accumulation of toxins or ama could also lead to this condition.

  1. Viruddha Aahar (Opposite diet or contradictory foods) and Mithya Ahara (Improper Diet)
  2. Excessive intake of yogurt, seafoods, salty foods, black gram and sour foods, spicy foods, fermented foods, maida (fine flour), and bakery products, junk foods and fast foods, refrigerated and cold foods may contribute to psoriasis.
  3. Mithya Vihara (Improper Lifestyle)
  4. An irregular lifestyle disrupts the digestive process and creates imbalance in the doshas.
  5. Adrista Hetu (Unknown Cause)
  6. Excessive Physical and Mental Stress
  7. Leading a stressful life or too much consumption of alcohol and tobacco can also trigger psoriasis.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis

Ayurvedic treatment of psoriasis includes counseling, lifestyle management, diet management and ayurvedic external and internal treatment. In the case of scalp psoriasis, shirodhara with proper oils is also a very effective treatment. Treatment may also include stress management, oral Ayurvedic medicines, immunomodulators for immunity, topical treatments, regular follow up appointments and yoga and meditation to relieve mental stress. The blend of natural herbs and elements, which are extremely beneficial for the health and skin. The panchakarma therapy in Ayurveda is strong enough to cure psoriasis effectively. The therapy includes a thorough detoxification of the whole body system and removal of all harmful toxins from body fluids. Thus the main aim is to purify the blood system and restore the digestive system in order to prevent the disease.

It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to adapt to this condition. Regular exercise is also very important. Yogic asanas and pranayam can help to keep the mind and body fit and healthy.

Few precautions for psoriasis patients:

  • Psoriasis patients should say no to acidic food products like urad dal, radish, sesame, jaggery etc.
  • Patients with psoriasis should practice yoga on a regular basis to prevent the disease.
  • Psoriasis patients should not use chemical skin products. Instead, they should use natural cleansers like besan.
  • Picking, scratching or peeling of skin should strongly be avoided.
  • Usage of cotton clothes is recommended.

Here are some natural Ayurvedic home remedies, which are helpful for psoriasis patients:

  • Cover the affected part with a banana leaf to fade the reddish patches.
  • Soak 15 sesame seeds overnight in a glass of water and drink it early morning on an empty stomach.
  • Consume half a glass of bitter gourd juice in the morning for 5-6 months.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Food Items We Think Are Healthy But They Aren't

Diploma In Dietetics,Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi

" Healthy food" -As the label says and people buy the packet. 

Are these foods actually good as we imagine they will be?

Here is a list of food items we think are healthy but ther aren't. 

1. Vegetable oils: generally marketed as heart healthy, but experts say they are worst for cooking. They have unnatural levels of pufa n omega-6 fatty acids along with chemical additives therby causing infertility, hormonal trouble, obesity, heart, liver n kidney damage. One must consume kachchi ghani mustard oil, coconut oil or homemade desi ghee in limited amount or as suggested by dietician. 

2. Artificial sweeteners: or sugarfree: are extremely unhealthy. Some contain aspartame known to induce cancer. Instead one can use honey, stevia or jaggery. 

3. Breakfast cereals: like cornflakes, wheatflakes, meusli etc. They have high sugar content, processed grains, additives n sodium salts. One must consume a good homemade breakfast to start your day with like poha, parathas, upma, cheela, omlette etc that has good nutritional value and give satiety too. 

4. Baked chips or namkeens: as the packet says fat free or 90% less fat, but experts say they have equal calorie content as fried chips or namkeens. So one must choose roasted seeds, chana, murmura, makhana and nuts for munching. 

5. Bottled ice tea: it contains a lot of sugar and no antioxidant of which tea is an excellent source, means primary reason to drink tea is missing. 
Plain water, lemon water, coconut water or fresh juice are better options. 

6. Microwaved popcorn: these have 3 times more calories as compared to regular popcorn. While making on stove we can adjust butter, oil or salt content. 

7. Frozen packaged meat: it contains potentially dangerous chemicals to help it last longer. Frozen meat loses its nutritional value.

We need to choose wisely when trying to buy healthy food from market.

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Table of Content

Nutritional Value of Jaggery
Health Benefits of Jaggery
Purifies blood
Rich in iron
Filled with minerals
Beauty treatment
Digestive process
Improves metabolism
Filled with iron
Water retention
Released hormones
Improves nervous system
Prevents respiratory issues
Joint relief
Uses of Jaggery
Side-Effects & Allergies of Jaggery
Origin And Cultivation of Jaggery