Munakka has been known as the tree of life for its regenerative ability. It is a sweet-tasting dry fruit that is used mainly for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda. It is basically a variety of dehydrated or dried grapes. It is cooling in nature and is a rich source of calcium and the micro-nutrient boron which helps to keep the bones healthy. It also has a good amount of the antioxidant Catechin and the flavonoid Kaempferol which help to decrease the growth of cancerous tumors.
Is Kishmish and Munakka the same?
Munakka is often confused with Kishmish/Raisins. Munakka is native to India.
Kishmish are seedless and small having a yellow green colour. Munakka on the other hand is bigger, brown in colour with seeds.
Even though there are not many differences in their nutritional profile, kishmish may produce acidity in the body, while Munakka does not lead to acidity or gastric problems. Munakka has Iron and magnesium and hence is more energizing.
Munakka contains seeds, while kishmish is seedless.
Munakka is mainly used for medicinal purposes, while kishmish is generally used in cooking.
Both Munakka and Raisins are high in sugar and should be avoided by those with diabetes,
Health benefits of Munakka
Munakka is basically a variety of dehydrated grapes. These dried grapes possess anti-ageing, anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-tumour, neuroprotective and cardioprotective properties.
- Munakka helps manage constipation as it has laxative properties.
- Munakka helps to control acidity. It has cooling properties which provide relief from acidity. Munakka also helps control acidity by improving digestion. It helps to control the excessive production of acid in the stomach.
- Munakka is a good source of polyphenolic – a phytonutrient that is good for the eyes, protecting it from glaucoma, night blindness, and cataract.
- Munakka also helps to protect teeth from cavities, tooth decay, and other gum-related problems. It also helps control bad breath by preventing the growth of bacteria in the teeth and gums.
- Munakka is a rich source of calcium and the microbutrient boron, which helps keep teeth and bones healthy.
- Munakka benefits the skin as it has antioxidants which prevents wrinkles and premature ageing. The vitamin C and antioxidants in the skin help you to have a healthy glowing skin.
- Munakka helps maintain blood pressure levels, by widening blood vessels and increasing blood flow.
- Munakka because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces inflammation and prevents bacterial infections.
- Munakka contains a good amount of folate and Iron. Having Munakka daily can boost your hemoglobin levels.
How to use Munakka as remedies
- Soak a few pieces of Munakka overnight and consume on empty stomach to boost iron levels.
- Soak a few Munakka in water. Boil these soaked pieces in milk with the seeds. Drink this milk at bedtime to manage constipation.
- Soak a few Munakka and a tsp of fennel seeds in water overnight. Drink this water in the morning for acidity.
- For relief from dry cough, take Munakka, piper longum, black pepper and dates in equal quantity. Make a paste of all the ingredients. Consume a tsp of this paste 3 times a day.
- To treat wounds, crush some Munakka and make a poultice. Place it on the wound for some time.
Munakka Anti-ageing Face Mask
Take a few Munakka and grind to a paste. Add a tsp of honey to it and mix well. Apply this paste to your face and keep for ten minutes. Wash with cold water and pat dry. This face pack helps to get rid of pigmentation and evens out your skin tone.
How much Munakka can you have?
You can have about 4-6 Munakka daily. It is better to have soaked Munakka. Soaking Munakka prevents the production of wind and helps in better digestion.
Side Effects of Munakka
Munakka may cause loose motions as it is a laxative.
Munakka may also interact with blood thinners, so it is always better to consult a doctor before use.
Munakka may lower blood pressure so you should consult your doctor if you are on blood pressure medication
Consuming too many Munakkas may lead to indigestion.
Pregnant and breast feeding women should consult their doctor before eating Munakka.