By Pankhuri Kumar
Moong dal is consumed in every household not only because it is tasty but also because it is a complete package. From all the essential vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin K to minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc to amino acids, Moong Dal has great nutritional value. To top it all it is low in calories and is a high source of protein, fibre and antioxidants. It is light on the stomach and is a must in a sick person’s diet. The numerous Moong Dal benefits make it a necessary element of healthy eating.
The numerous Moong Dal benefits make it a necessary element of healthy eating (Image Source: Archana’s Kitchen)
MOONG DAL BENEFITS
Provides Glowing Skin and Prevents Dry Skin
Moong dal is very rich in vitamins A and C, which give the skin a smooth texture. Applying moong dal on the skin helps in soothing dry skin and retaining moisture. Additionally, it has abilities to remove excess facial hair and to rejuvenate the skin. Moong dal has anti-ageing properties, which help in the reduction of wrinkles and makes one look younger.
Moong Dal promotes hair growth
Consumption of vitamin C and antioxidants, which are present in moong dal, can act as a natural conditioner for the hair and also speed up the process of hair growth. The hair grows to be strong and shiny too. Moong dal helps restore the pH level of the hair and make it healthier.
Good for the Heart and lowers Blood Sugar levels
We are all aware that a high cholesterol is very dangerous for the heart. The antioxidants present in moong dal have a solution to this very common problem too. Moong dal controls the insulin and fat in the body and thereby helps in monitoring the blood sugar levels and preventing diabetes.
A protein rich diet has always been a cause of concern for vegetarians and moong dal is one of the best sources of protein. (Image Source: Yes Shop)
Moong Dal controls Anemia
The dal is very rich in iron and it is due to this reason that it has the capability to reduce the risk of anemia by providing the necessary amount of iron needed by the body.
Helps in weight reduction
Moong dal increases our body’s metabolism rate and helps one feel satiated. This leads to reduced food cravings and weight loss. It is also very easy to digest and solves the issue of excessive gas and bloating in the body. Moong dal is rich in fibre and also helps to lower cholesterol levels in the body.
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Moong dal is loaded with Protein
A protein rich diet has always been a cause of concern for vegetarians and moong dal is one of the best sources of protein. Proteins are a must to have strong bones and muscles and to live a healthy life. Moreover, complete protein also protects the liver against damage.
Moong dal boosts Immunity
Moong dal has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties which are successful in fighting away harmful bacteria, viruses, colds etc.
These properties and richness of iron make our immune system stronger and our body self sufficient to fight against the various diseases by making the white blood cells more active.
Good for the teeth and gums
Moong dal is rich in sodium which solves the problem of gum bleeding, redness of the gums, pain and foul odour. The presence of calcium makes the teeth strong. This is also good for people who suffer from sodium and calcium deficiencies.
Moong dal is beneficial for the brain
It helps in increasing the concentration span and alertness level. The presence of iron ensures that optimum amounts of oxygen is supplied to all the body parts which increases the mental focus and memorising abilities.
Helps Prevent Blood Clotting
We are all aware that people can end up in really serious conditions and even death due to improper blood clotting. Moong dal is a source of vitamin K which helps treat irregular blood clotting and save us in crucial situations of life.
Moong dal has Anti-Toxic properties
Toxicity has always been a serious concern because it has long lasting and life taking effects to the body which include ulcers and cancer. Moong dal, being rich in all the nutrients, helps in maintaining the circulation in the body and flushing out the toxins from the body at regular intervals.
Moong dal is one of the best superfoods out there. There is hardly any ailment or deficiency that moong dal is unable to cure in its own natural way. The best part is that it can be consumed in all the forms be it raw, boiled or even cooked.
This dal has been gaining importance since ancient times and is one of the most cherished dals in India.
Making it a part of your meal will be a healthy life choice and a decision which will surely benefit everyone and in many ways.
About the Author
Pankhuri Kumar is a student of Economics (Honours) at Hindu College, University of Delhi. She is a big believer in the power of positivity and plans to do her MBA in the future. In her free time, Pankhuri can be found checking out new places to eat and shop at.