Horse gram is not as popular as black gram, red gram and green gram but one of the most nutritious legumes and is also known by several regional names, such as the Madras gram, kulthi bean or hurali.
Earlier it was common food for horses and cattle. Horse gram is the most protein-rich lentil found on the planet. It is high-powered, and hence used as feed for horses before races. The US National Academy of Sciences has identified this legume as a promising food source for the future. This legume seems to have been domesticated during the second millennium BCE, according to researchers at University College, London.
It acts as a Traditional Medicine
It’s powder does wonders in treating various health issues such as asthma, bronchitis, urinary problems, kidney stones, jaundice, peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids and even menstrual problems. It is also beneficial for extracting phlegm, and controlling fever.
Horse Gram for Weight Loss
The seeds of horse gram have natural qualities that work as fat burners.
It can reduce the LDL cholesterol and increase the HDL cholesterol. Studies have proven that horse gram seeds can directly attack the fatty tissues stored in the body. It is favorable in melting body fat and gives a proper shape to the body.
Useful for Glowing Skin
The astringent properties of horse gram are helpful in treating skin disease leucoderma. It is also used as facial pack to prevent skin problems and clean the skin.
It Controls Diabetes
Scientists from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology have conducted studies and have found that unprocessed, horse gram seeds, which are raw, and un sprouted can reduce high blood sugar after a meal, by slowing down the carbohydrate digestion and reducing insulin resistance in the body.It is normally used to feed horses, though it is also commonly used in cooking
Improves Sperm Counts
The calcium, phosphorus, iron and amino acids in horse gram boost the sperm count.