While enjoying faluda in scorching summers of Pakistan, we often find, tiny, black, gelatinous seeds floating in the bottom of the cup. These small seeds are well known to combat heat in the summer, as they act as coolant. They are called Basil Seeds. Commonly they are known as Tukhm-e-balanga. These miraculous tiny seeds are packed with tons of benefits. This is the reason; they have been the most important component of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, since ages. Basil seeds are the good source of Protein, Vitamin E, riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin A, C, K, B6, Folate, Calcium, and Iron. They are rich in dietary a fiber, which is why they are popular for reducing weight. Numerous benefits of basil seeds have been found until now, some of them are:
Sedentary life style of people causes many harmful effects on the health of individual. One of the common drawbacks is stomach acidity. Basil seeds act as coolant. They produce cooling and soothing effect on the stomach when consumed. Just take a glass of chilled milk, stir in one teaspoon of basil seeds, let rest it for 5 minute, and drink it to reduced burning sensation of the stomach.
As they are packed with insoluble dietary fibers, more or less like, Psyllium husk. So they can be used for weight management purpose. When they are soaked in water, they have tendency to expand 30 times more than its original weight. This is the reason when they are consumed they makes your stomach full, and you do not feel any unnecessary hunger. Not only this, is has low saturated fats and low cholesterol. It means they are not going to increase your weight.
Good for your skin, hairs and nails
Basil seeds are packed with Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), which is an excellent vitamin for skin hairs and nails. Not only this, it has adequate quantity of Vitamin K. these nutrients will not only make your skin, nails and hairs shiny, but they will also enhances health your skin hairs and nails.
Basil seeds when eaten help to ease bowel movements. They are the natural detoxifying agent that cleans the entire gastro intestinal tract and efficiently flush out all the toxins from the body. All you have to do, is just soaked a Tsp of Basil seeds in a glass of water/ milk and then drink it when its swells completely. This is benefits is because of the presence of insoluble dietary fibers in the seeds.
Regulates body heat
Summers in Pakistan are too terrible and horrific. Basil seeds are the rescuer in such summers. They act as body coolant and reduce body temperature. This is the reason they are one of the important ingredient in summers for a number of cool drinks such as Falooda, nimbu pani and etc. The component that is responsible for this coolant effect is still in research.
Good for kidney
Basil seeds work as Diuretic and therefore helps to reduce toxins from the body, which promotes smooth functioning of kidneys.
Blood sugar regulation
It has been found in several research papers that Basil seed has ant diabetic properties. They have found to reduce blood sugar. So they are helpful in management of Type II diabetes.
Word of caution for pregnant women
It lowers serum estrogen level so it should not be consumed by pregnant ladies.
Indeed these petite black seeds are the gift of nature. These seeds are still in research to discover more amazing properties.