Black Wheat

A few years ago, a post went viral on social media platforms saying that after seven years of research, a new variety of wheat had been created that can cure health problems like cancer and diabetes. Some farmers in Neemuch, Malwa, and Indore districts had reportedly planted this new wheat variety during the rabi season last year. Farmers were curious about the production of black wheat, but the end result showed that it was produced like any normal wheat. Furthermore, this new variety of wheat has so many health benefits and even the ability to prevent some serious diseases like diabetes and cancer that are actually very difficult to cure by medical science.

According to Govind Nagda, a progressive farmer from Kanakheri village, part of  Neemuch district, with the help of a friend from the Nabi Research Center in Mohali, had obtained 40 kg of black wheat seeds from three bighas in the country. When this wheat was weighed after harvesting and cleaning, its weight was 36 quintals. However, production remained the same as for normal wheat. Ordinary wheat also produces 1012 quintals on an average of bigha.

In addition, after 7 years of research, black wheat was patented by the National Institute of Food Biotechnology (NABI) Mohali. This wheat is called “Nabi MG” and it is available in black, blue, and purple and is much more nutritious than common wheat. Also, black wheat is helpful in preventing stress, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

While anthocyanins are available in common wheat with 5 to 15 passes per million, in black wheat there are 40 to 140 passes per million. Anthocyanins offer health benefits just like fruits like blueberries. It was also said that it removes free radicals from the body and prevents heart, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases. The zinc content is also high in this new type of wheat.

What is black wheat?

We normally use white wheat in our daily routine, but black wheat is much healthier compared to white wheat. Black wheat has many health benefits and many important nutrients, and its consumption also boosts the body’s immunity. Black wheat contains antioxidants, B vitamins, folate, selenium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, copper, potassium, fiber, and amino acids, which make this wheat rich in nutrients.

How is black wheat different?

What distinguishes black wheat in color is the pigment called “anthocyanin”, which also determines the color of fruits and vegetables. The concentration of these pigments determines the color of other natural foods. Normal wheat has an anthocyanin concentration of 5 ppm (parts per million); on the other hand, the black wheat grain is said to contain around 100-200 ppm of anthocyanin (exact numbers: 140 ppm). This scientifically makes black wheat a healthier option. These anthocyanins are the natural antioxidants that arise when the grain is filled in a field and thus enrich the wheat with many nutritional values.

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Benefits of using black wheat

Without a doubt, the benefits and beneficial health effects of black wheat are obvious. The reports of Dr. Monika Goyal, NABI, Mohali shows, this type of wheat will tackle the problem of malnutrition in India. Below are some other benefits of black wheat.

Black wheat helps fight many diseases

The presence of higher amounts of anthocyanins protects you from inflammatory diseases and treats high blood pressure, the common cold, urinary tract infections, and heart disease. Anthocyanins control heart disease and improve cholesterol and blood sugar metabolism in diabetics. According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008, anthocyanins also help prevent obesity.

Enhanced immunity

Other than anthocyanins, black wheat also contains more antioxidants than regular wheat that control antibodies and free radicals in our body. These antioxidants keep the immune system going by providing protection against DNA damage and lipid peroxidation. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of black wheat increase the production of cytokines that regulate the immune response.

Black wheat promotes eye functions

Black wheat effectively protects the eyes from vision loss and damage caused by free radicals. Black currants also contain high amounts of anthocyanin, which also improves night vision. Inadequate nutrition information due to lower anthocyanin intake leads to night blindness. Black wheat is the solution to all adult eye problems.

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Black wheat production guarantees higher income

Black wheat production will undoubtedly benefit farmers who produce in large quantities. Growth and production are expected to increase based on the findings of the ongoing investigation. Meanwhile, the institute encourages farmers to produce as much black wheat as possible to maximize production, eradicate malnutrition and increase their income.

Disadvantages of black wheat

An investigation is still ongoing

Price and production costs are not yet clear to farmers, limiting the production of this crop. Farmers and crop producers are unable to use the correct methods to produce black wheat due to an insufficient number of seeds and limited knowledge of black wheat.

The market price will increase

Since production is insufficient to meet supply and demand, the cost of black wheat to the general consumer will be two to three times that of normal wheat. This also leads us to the fact that people with financial difficulties are still unable to obtain nutritional information for themselves and their families.