Sago (Cycas revoluta) is an alternative food but for some people it is a staple food. Here we will explain the benefits of sago for health such as increasing weight, good for blood circulation, good for nerve health, digestion and blood swallowing. Consuming sago is also good for increasing energy. Later we will look at these health benefits in more detail one by one. So that we can understand it and benefit from sago.
What is Sago?
Sago is a nutrient-rich food from various palm tree trunks, it is in the form of a starch taken from the center of the tree or from its essence. Part of the middle of this stem is taken and crushed to take the granules. It is practiced in some places in Indonesia as a snack food or at most practiced in New Guinea, they use other names such as sago and rabia.
This starchy food is made in various forms depending on the purpose. One of the most popular uses of sago is to form round like pearls. These are small, slippery grains that are easy to add to water, milk or sauces to thicken the liquid and can be shaped into a variety of foods such as puddings that will be added to stews or curries. This pearl sago is also used in drinks such as bubble tea, which is a popular drink in parts of Southeast Asia.
This sago before being used for food, kneaded and removes starch. This starch will harden, settle and be shaped into various shapes for use in cooking. Indeed, it is not very rich in nutrients, but this food is still a staple food for some countries in the world, including some regions in Indonesia.
Nutrition Facts of Sago
Sago is not famous for its nutrients such as culantro, cilantro, moringa and others. However, sago is an energy source food, it contains very high calories and carbohydrates like other starchy vegetables and fruits (potatoes, sweet potatoes, or cassava). Sago is a source of high energy so that some regions take it as a staple food every day.
In addition to calories and carbohydrates, sago also contains small amounts of calcium, iron, and copper. In addition, there are also small amounts of vitamins such as folate, and various vitamins from the B family. This starchy food also contains fat, protein, fiber, where the amount of each is 2 grams for every 100 grams of sago. To provide benefits and enrich nutrition, usually sago is always consumed with a combination of other foods that are low in carbohydrates and low in calories.
Big Health Benefits of Sago
Sago or Cycas revoluta is a carbohydrate-rich food, so one of the benefits is to increase weight, control blood pressure, and is good for blood circulation. Ok, now we see what are the most common benefits of foods derived from this palm tree.
1. Increase weight
Sago can increase your weight. For those of you who are just recovering from illness, thinness, malnutrition due to living in an area that lacks food, then sago is the best food for you. Very high calories, in every one cup or 100 grams of sago contains 350 calories. There are various ways to consume sago, some make pudding, calorie-dense shakes to add energy and gain weight.
2. Lowering blood pressure
The health benefits of sago are also good for lowering blood pressure. The potassium content in it provides these benefits. It also contains potassium which works together in preventing the formation of plaque in the bloodstream. It can relax the tension of blood vessels so that blood flow becomes smooth. This in turn can lower your blood pressure and improve your cardiovascular health.
3. Improve the digestive system
Sago is easy to digest because it contains fiber even in small amounts. Various digestive problems such as constipation, inflammation can be solved by consuming sago. Fiber content can also provide benefits for the growth of beneficial bacteria so that digestion becomes healthy.
4. Increase energy
The health benefits of sago for increasing energy are obvious as it is loaded with calories. Calories are the main source of energy in the human body, but it should not be excessive because it can cause the body to not be converted as a whole. This is because our bodies do not need that much energy.
So, consume sago in moderation to keep getting balanced energy.
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5. Increase bone mineral intake
Bones always need lots of minerals to stay solid, and healthy and strong. Indeed, sago does not provide many important minerals for bones, but there are small amounts provided by sago such as copper, iron, and calcium which are all good for bones.
These minerals form bone tissue, build bone density, prevent bone fragility and can avoid inflammation that may occur throughout the body.
6. Good for muscles
Sago not only provides energy, but also provides certain compounds that can heal damaged muscle tissue quickly. In fact, consuming sago regularly can cause muscles to work slowly and accelerate muscle growth and repair.
7. Reduces Neural Tube Defects
Sago contains a small amount of folic acid and the benefits are very large for the fetus. The benefit of folic acid is to prevent neural tube defects in the fetus. Lack of vitamins such as folate in pregnant women can cause birth problems that are not good. So, folate intake is very important for pregnant women so that their health and that of the fetus is healthy and always good.
8. Improve circulation
The iron content in sago is beneficial for good blood circulation. Iron works to produce lots of red blood cells so that blood flow becomes healthy.
Smooth blood flow will increase the supply of red blood cells to all parts of the body including the injured body part (accelerates healing) and gets to the scalp which in turn is healthy for the hair and scalp.
The smooth flow of red blood cells also provides a perfect supply of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body so that the body’s organs can function normally.
9. Improves nerve health
Consuming sago can also improve nerve function. It changes the electrolyte balance in the body making it good for nerve function. The human nervous system requires a balance of electrolytes to function properly and normally.
Good nerve function will communicate everything from the brain to the body well.
Sago is high in calories and carbohydrates, it is not recommended to consume it in excessive amounts because it can make you fat and overweight.