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Vol. 11, Issue 6 (2022)

Barnyard millet: The underutilized nutraceutical minor millet crop

Anjali Singh, Munnangi Bharath, Apurva Kotiyal, Lipakshi Rana and Devanshi Rajpal
Barnyard millet (Echinochloa species) has become one of the most important small millet plants in Asia, reflecting strong growth in global production. The genus Echinochloa includes two major species, Echinochloa esculenta and Echinochloa frumentacea, which are widely grown for human consumption and fodder. Barnyard millet is a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and, in particular, contains more micronutrients (iron and zinc) than other major grains, and has a lower glycemic Index and gluten-free grains adds additional benefits, against various health issues such as obesity, diabetes, blood pressure control, cardiovascular disease and celiac disease. The carbohydrate content in barnyard millet is low and digested slowly, making barnyard millet a natural gift for busy modern humanity. In barnyard millet the fatty acids are linoleic acid followed by palmitic and oleic acid. It also exhibits a high rate of amylase reuptake, facilitating the formation of high levels of resistant starch. The present study highlights the importance of millets in terms of its nutritional values, pharmacological benefits, biological activities and applications of barnyard millet.
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How to cite this article:
Anjali Singh, Munnangi Bharath, Apurva Kotiyal, Lipakshi Rana, Devanshi Rajpal. Barnyard millet: The underutilized nutraceutical minor millet crop. Pharma Innovation 2022;11(6):115-128.
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