Foxtail millet (a seed not grain) reduces blood sugar, triglyceride level and is an antioxidant. It is largely grown in China and Southern states of India especially Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu.
We all know to prevent Hear Attack, one needs to keep Blood Glucose and Triglyceride Level in check. And one needs to consume anti-oxidant to counter the oxidation process. Foxtail millet fits all the above.
Japanese Foxtail Millet
Foxtail Millet in Reducing Blood Sugar
Scientists from Sri Venketeswara University (India) studied diabetic rats. They induced diabetes in rats and later fed them with Foxtail millet. Within 6 hours, they noticed 70% drop in Blood Glucose level. When they continued feeding diabetic rats for 30 day, their fasting Glucose Level decreased significantly. They also noticed improvement in glycemic control. Moreover, LDL level decreased with increased HDL levels. However, normal rats were unaffected.
Foxtail Millet in Reducing Triglyceride Level
Scientists from Seoul, South Korea, induced hyperlipidemia in 24 rats by feeding them high fat diet. Later they were divided into four groups. Each group contained 6 rats. To see the effect of different grains, a group was fed either white rice, sorghum, foxtail millet or proso millet for 5 weeks. The group which was fed with fox millet showed lower number of triglyceride level.
As you know amount of fat in blood (triglyceride level) is proportional to heart attack risk. Thereby reducing fat level in blood, reduces risk for heart attack.
Foxtail Millet – An Anti-Oxidant
A team of Biochemists from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada analyzed anti-oxidant activity in several variants of millet (kodo, finger, foxtail, proso, little and pearl millets). They found that kodo had the highest anti-oxidant level while proso the least. Although there is no mention as to the level of anti-oxidant level of Foxtail, it can be deduced they have decent amount as it is concluded that all millets have high anti-oxidant levels.
Therefore, don’t forget to include Foxtail Millet in your Diet. It is also a great substitute for rice.