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Health Benefits Of Lotus Seeds

Extracts from different parts of this water plant including its leaves, stems, roots and seeds have been reported to show several benefits , such as antioxidant, free radical scavenging, anti-inflammatory, and immuno-modulatory activities.

Lotus Seeds are low in fat and high in carbohydrates and are a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Lotus seeds are also low in fat and sodium.These are nutritionally distinct from nuts and seeds.

The low sodium and high magnesium content in lotus seeds makes them useful for individuals who suffer from the following conditions:

Heart Disease

High Blood Pressure

Diabetes

Obesity

These seeds have been used extensively in traditional Oriental and Chinese medicine for their health benefits and are valued for their nutritional and healing properties.

Other benefits of Lotus seeds are as below:

1- Anti Aging Properties- These seeds contain an anti-aging enzyme, which is believed to help repair damaged proteins.

2- Prevents Inflamation- Lotus seeds are also known to contain kaempferol, a natural flavonoid also found in coffee which prevents inflammation and aging. It is believed that roasted lotus seeds make a coffee substitute. In addition, lotus seeds are high on phyto-nutrients (disease fighting nutrients) including alkaloids, gallic acid, saponins.

3- Low Glycemic Index- Most significantly, the glycemic index of lotus seed is significantly lower than most high carbohydrate foods like rice, bread etc. It appears that lotus seed may have a beneficial effect in diabetic individuals, and may be one of the more appropriate foods for them.

Boost Kidney Health- According to Ayurveda, lotus seeds have astringent properties that have specific benefits to the kidneys, helping to restore vital energy within the body.

Alternate Gluten Free Protein Supplement- Lotus seeds hold a promising future as an alternate gluten- free protein supplement and potential nutra-ceutical and pharmaceutical source. Blending its flour with other nutritionally rich legumes like daals and soybean or millets like bajra, jowar will be of immense value to develop low cost, gluten-free protein rich food supplements to combat malnutrition, particularly relevant to India.

How to Eat?

The seeds can be eaten raw, roasted, or ground and boiled into a syrup or paste.

The most common use of the seed is in the form of lotus seed paste, which is used extensively in Chinese pastries as well as in Japanese desserts.

Dried lotus seeds may be soaked in water overnight prior to use. They can then be added directly to soups, salads or used in other dishes.

Puffed seeds are used in curries, kheers, puddings and dry roasted snacks.

Do introduce the ‘Makhana’ snack food in your diet for that healthy edge.

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