10 Amazing Benefits and Uses of Besan
Gram flour, commonly called besan, is a staple flour in the Indian kitchens. Made out of either powdered Chickpeas or Bengal gram, besan is a versatile edible flour. Light yellow in colour and fine in its texture, besan finds its place in the world of beauty treatments like face packs too. The reason for this is besan’s exfoliating personality and its tan removing ability.
When eaten as a food, gram flour nourishes the body by providing us with protein and fibre. Interestingly, gram flour is sans gluten, which makes it an ideal choice for the weight watchers too. Laden with vitamins, proteins and healthy unsaturated fatty acids, besan also has skin nourishing properties.
For amazing results for the skin, besan is used in various ways, combined with a variety of ingredients. Most of these connotations make for splendid face masks.
Here are some ways that besan can be used in your diet as well as on the skin for its amazing benefits.
1) Diabetes control:
Chickpeas are considered legumes. Research carried out at Havard has associated consumption of legumes with a lower GI. The high fibre content in besan also lowers absorption of blood sugar, which is the core of diabetics. Hence besan is now quoted as the superfood which can even help lower sugar levels even in Type-2 diabetic people.
2) Helps increase blood level:
Besan contains iron, a much-needed mineral for the body to produce blood. A deficiency of blood leads to anaemia, commonly characterized by pale fingernails. So check the moon in your nails. If the portion above the moon until the fingertip is pink or even darker then a pink, you are not anaemic. You can still eat besan in any form you want. However, for the ones who have pale fingernails and are hence anaemic, regular inclusion of besan in their food will make a huge difference.
3) Colon cancer protection:
Gram flour or chickpea flour helps in preventing colon cancer. Research carried out in the US and Mexico, state that the besan intake helps in lowering the oxidization of DNA and the proteins. It also prevents the functioning of Beta-catenin. Moreover, besan is loaded with saponins and lignans, which contain starch that cannot be digested. Hence, when these indigestible elements from the besan enter the small intestine, the good bacteria in the colon uses them to prevent the colon from getting affected.
4) Helps the body stay active:
The fibre in the besan flour affects the digestion system. It helps in slowing down the system. This helps you to feel full. Due to its slow digestive property, the sugar levels in the body remain under control. This happens as besan stops the blood sugar level from spiking or crashing. When blood sugar level crashes, fatigue sets in.
5) Boosts immune system:
Gram flour contains Vitamin B6, Zinc and Vitamin A. All of these nutrients strengthens the body’s immune system.
6) Body exfoliation:
This is probably one of the easiest ways to exfoliate. Use three tablespoons of besan. Mix it with a pinch of turmeric and a tablespoon of grounded rice powder. If you have dry skin, you can use half a tablespoon of honey as well. Mix all the ingredients with rosewater to make a paste and put on your face and body. Let it dry. Before you take a bath wet your palms and start rubbing the dried paste off your skin. This will leave your skin soft and supple
Exposure to sunlight, cold and dust forms a thin film of dead tissues on your skin. This leads to superficial skin darkening, which can be removed with a home remedy made from besan, yoghurt, lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Mix all the ingredients together and apply on the face, neck, feet and your hands. These are the areas that usually tan as they are exposed to all the elements of nature. Once the pack dries, remove the pack with a towel dipped in lukewarm water. If you are tanned too deep, this pack could be used as often as needed. Usually, the results show up after a couple of applications.
8) For Oily skin:
Does your skin ooze oil? If it does, other than your skin looking greasy, the excessive secretion of oil will also lead to clogged pores. This is what leads to pimples. A besan face pack made with milk is what resolves this skin problem.
9) Get rid of your brittle hair:
This one might sound strange, but gram flour helps brittle hair too. A mixture of besan, coconut oil, water and honey, makes for an excellent hair pack. Dampen your hair and put this mask on your hair. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm. You will feel the difference immediately.
10) An alternative to waxing light hair:
If you are someone blessed with thin body hair growth, then this remedy is for you. Make a thin paste of besan and water. Put it all over your hands and legs. Let the paste dry on your body till it cracks. Without wetting your palms, rub the paste off your skin. The hair will come off as you scrub. Repeat this twice a week for best results.
Conclusion : Gram flour has remained an open beauty secret for the Indian women since ages. The goodness of besan was discovered years ago and continues to be a vital part of our lives even today.
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