LET’S EXPLORE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF LOTUS SEED
As the name suggests — lotus seeds/lotus nuts — the seeds of lotus, these seeds are used in Asian cuisine and traditional medicine. These white or brown peeled nuts have high nutritional values -protein, B vitamins, and dietary minerals. Here are the few benefits of lotus seeds (our evening snack component — the makhane)
IN TREATING INSOMNIA
Insomnia the habitual sleeplessness — has become common nowadays. The natural sedative and calming effects of the seeds heal the stressed mind and combat restlessness. Thus it has been proven to be a good snack for those who have sleeping disorder instead of having sleeping pills as it has the potential to promote sound sleep.
These seeds are the powerhouse of enzyme L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase and a flavonoid called kaempferol that promotes collagen and restores inadequate protein levels that are required for a healthy and youthful skin. Regular consumption of these seeds helps in rejuvenating dead skin
Lotus seeds help in strengthening your digestive system. It is rich in fiber which is proven to be good for body metabolism. The vitamins and mineral in the seed can relieve diarrhea, improve the health of the spleen and the problem of indigestion.
These seeds are nutritionally well balanced with proteins like phenylalanine, tyrosine, and leucine. Thus these seeds should be taken to combat the situations of protein deficiency within the body.
Due to high magnesium content and low sodium content, these seeds have proven good to strengthen the heart and the better function of cardiovascular. Magnesium present in the nuts acts as a channel blocker which helps in improving the flow of oxygen, nutrition, and blood thus making us safe from the heart attack. The seeds are also packed with antispasmodic and isoquinoline alkaloids that help widens blood vessels and thus helps in regulating blood pressure.
HEALS INFLAMMATION AND INFECTION
These nuts are rich in flavouring that are anti-inflammatory in nature thus adds healing and soothing properties to these nuts. Because of the anti-inflammatory property, these nuts can be used in treating sore mouth and ulcers.
RICH SOURCE OF CALCIUM
These lotus seeds are good calcium source. It helps in maintaining the body’s calcium level. One can go for makhane ki kheer for enjoying this property than going for calcium supplements.
PROVIDES INSTANT ENERGY
Processed and sugary beverages can be replaced with this natural energy booster as they are the rich source of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and protein. Being less calorific, having a low glycemic index and easy to consume these nuts can be replaced with evening snacks which can be a weight loss solution.
These seeds are rich in excellent amounts of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron (, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Manganese present in it is an all-important co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Thus due to its antioxidant-rich properties consumption of lotus kernels may help in boosting immunity to fight against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals
Due to low calorie and high dietary fiber content it has potential to lower high sugar levels in your bloodstream
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