SHIMBI DHANYA (PULSES) AS AYURVEDIC FOOD SUPPLEMENT FOR CALCIUM DEFICIENCY
Ahara (food) is an important tool in Ayurveda. Ahara itself acts as an Aushadha (medicine). Shimbidhanya Varga (pulses) in daily diet has an important role in maintaining strength of Asthi Dhatu. Asthi Dhatu can be anatomically correlated to bones and teeth of body, 98% of bones composed of calcium. So calcium deficiency may directly proportional to Asthi Dhatu Kshaya. Shimbi Dhanya Varga (pulses) is rich in Proteins, Calcium, Phospherus and Magnesium. Mudga (green gram), Masha (black gram), Soya Bean etc. are coming under Shimbi Dhanya Varga has 124mg, 154mg, 240mg of calcium content respectively per 100gm. It will satisfy RDA of calcium in diet. Among Indian population aged 30 to 60 years had low calcium with high prevalence of osteopenia (52%) and osteoporosis (29%). This made the community to use of calcium tablets with or without physicians advice. So incomplete absorption, high cost and later side effects affects community health. So promote and educate useful ways of intake of calcium to human body just through daily diet and made it part of community health care programmes.
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