Health benefits of Jaggery and Neem

Health benefits of eating jaggery everyday

Weight loss: Jaggery is a good source of minerals, including potassium, which helps improve metabolism and maintain electrolyte balance in the body. The potassium content of jaggery also helps control water retention in the body and build muscle, thereby aiding in weight loss.

Liver detoxification: It is claimed that jaggery also boosts immunity and helps prevent different blood-related problems. The food can also help cleanse the liver by flushing out impurities from the body. Therefore, jaggery seems to be an excellent food for liver detoxification, which further helps with weight management. Read – Jaggery and lemon juice: Best Ayurvedic medicine to lose weight and burn belly fat

Prevents respiratory problems: Consuming jaggery everyday may help prevent different respiratory ailments like bronchitis and asthma. This is due to the fact that jaggery contains certain health and anti-allergy properties that help in regulating the temperature of the body, which is highly beneficial for patients such as asthma.

Improves digestion: It’s quite common in India to eat a small piece of jaggery after a heavy meal or eating meat. Some people claim jaggery helps speed up the procedure of digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive enzyme. This also means that jaggery can stimulate bowel movements, making it an ideal choice for preventing digestive issues like constipation and flatulence. Read – Air pollution: How to protect your eyes from smog and toxic pollutants

Prevents anaemia: Since jaggery is rich in iron, it may be beneficial in preventing anaemia. Thus, adding jaggery to your diet isn’t a bad idea because it contains iron.

Although jaggery can be beneficial for your health in different ways, remember, it is still sugar. So, have it in moderation, eating too much of gur is not a good idea. Moreover, excessive sugar consumption is linked to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.


1. Skin Benefits
In the book ‘Ayurveda For All: Effective Ayurvedic Self Cure for Common and Chronic Ailments’, Murli Manohar lists how consuming neem leaves can remove toxins, and purify blood to give us a clearer skin. Neem leaves have strong anti-bacterial properties which work wonders on infections, burns and any kind of skin problems. While a paste of neem leaves and turmeric can be used for treating insect bites, itching, eczema, ring worms and some mild skin diseases, chewing the leaves can also give you a nourished, purified and radiant skin. If the bitterness bothers you, mix them with honey and have or make a solution by boiling neem leaves and drink the strained water. It can also treat all your acne and dark spot problems.

2. Good for Hair Nourishing

Chewing neem leaves can prove beneficial for your hair too, with its high levels of antioxidants. Neem protects the scalp from oxidative stress caused by the free radicals. Neem leaves also stimulate healthy cell division and support hair follicle growth around your scalp region. Washing your hair with boiled neem water has been a traditional method to combat dandruff and undernourished, damaged hair. Neem leaves have anti-fungal properties, which work effectively against a fungi called Malassezia, which causes dandruff. Its immense healing properties has earned neem the name of scalp saviour too.

3. Good For Your Eyes

Ayurveda also points out how neem leaves can be good for the eyes. Chewing neem can improve your vision. To treat any kind of irritation, tiredness or redness you can also boil some neem leaves, let the water cool completely and then use it to wash your eyes.

4. Boosting Immune System

Rich in antimicrobial, antiviral and antioxidant properties, chewing neem leaves can prove very effective in strengthening your immune system. Those leaves can prevent the damage caused by free radicals, thereby bringing down the risk of many diseases ranging from common flu to cancer or heart disease. Neem leaves destroy bacteria and further stimulates the immune system.

5. Improves Digestion

Neem leaves are excellent for your liver, which automatically enhances your digestion. Apart from this, consuming neem on a daily basis also destroys excess bacteria in the intestinal region and cleanses your colon, further facilitating a smoother digestion.

6. Oral Health

In rural areas, Indians are very well versed with the idea of  brushing their teeth with neem twigs. Even chewing neem leaves can bring forth multiple dental and oral benefits. Neem being antibacterial in nature fights germs and maintains the alkaline level of our saliva. It is also effective against plaque formation and gum infections. Chewing neem can also lend you a shiny set of pearly white teeth.

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