Munakka is a dry fruit derived from grapes. It is known by the botanical name Vitis vinifera, it slightly varies from raisins (kishmish) in its color, size, and properties. Munakka is brown to dark brown in color whereas raisins are yellow in color. Munakka contains seeds inside it whereas raisins are seedless. Munakka is frequently used for medicinal value on the other hand raisins are commonly used in desserts.
Munakka contains negligible amounts of fat which makes it a suitable food choice for cardiac patients, however; they are high in calories and fat content and therefore must be taken cautiously by diabetics and overweight individuals.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MUNAKKA
1.) Munakka possesses laxative properties, therefore it is helpful in managing constipation and controls acidity.
2.) Munakka is effective in dry cough and respiratory tract infections. It acts by reducing respiratory tract inflammation due to its cough suppressant and soothing properties.
3.) Munakka helps in maintaining blood pressure levels by increasing nitric oxide in the blood which helps to widen narrowed blood vessels thereby improving blood flow.
4.) Applying munakka paste over wounds helps in faster healing due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
5.) Munakka is a rich source of phenolic compounds and contains resveratrol, flavonoid, quercetin, catechins, and anthocyanins. It possesses anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant, cardio-protective, and neuroprotective properties.
HOW TO EAT MUNAKKA
1.) Soak few pieces of munakka in water overnight, have it on an empty stomach. This will help in improving iron levels in the body as dissolving munakka in water helps in getting rid of the anti-nutritional factors phytates that hinder the absorption of iron.
2.) Soak munakka in water or boil it in milk. Drink this milk before bedtime, this provides relief from constipation.
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