The Barnyard millet (Echinochloa frumantacea) is a wild seed and not a grain, mainly grown in the hilly areas of Uttaranchal, India. The barnyard millet is the fastest growing crop, which can produce ripe grains within 45 days from the sowing time under optimal weather conditions.
Nutritional Values and Pharmacological Benefits
- Low glycemic index: facilitates formation of resistant starch and therefore reccomneded for patients with CVS disease and diabetes mellitus.
- Gluten free food: therefore, healthy for people, with celiac disease, intolerant to gluten.
- High fibre content: prevents constipation, bloating and cramping.
- Rich in micronutrients: like Mg, thus lessens effects of migraine and cardiac attack. Phytic acid help in over castting cholesterol.
- Abundant source of phenolic acids and tannins, phenolics may be cogent in the interception of cancer tenderness and progression in vitro.
- Rich in Anti-oxidants, like Ferulic acid: which act as free radical scavenger and therefore possess anti inflammatory activity, and plays role in anti-aging and metabolic syndrome.
- Seeds extracts contains proteins, that are anti-microbial and inhibit growth of Rhizoctonia solani, Macrophomina phaseolina, and Fusarium oxysporum.