In India most of us tend to use sabja or basil seeds in juices, drinks, falooda, and desserts especially in summer, but how many of us are actually aware of their amazing health benefits? Let us learn some facts and how they help in weight loss, improves health, skin and controls hair fall, diabetes, constipation, acidity, and heartburn.
Basil seeds or sabja seeds are the seeds of sweet basil plant and these are native to India. These black tear-shaped seeds just look like chia seeds and offer several health benefits. One cannot consume them raw, as they are hard to chew, hence they should be soaked in water for few minutes before consuming. When soaked in water, these seeds swell and become more gelatinous and this is when you can add these to your favorite dessert or drink. These sabja seeds have a large amount of fiber, iron, protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and healthy fats. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Amazing health benefits of basil/ sabja seeds
Here are few wonder benefits of basil seeds
Reduces body heat in the summertime
Basil seeds act as best body coolants. You can mix these soaked sabja seeds in your drinks, faloodas, and desserts in the summertime, they lower your body heat and relaxes you.
Aids in weight loss
For all those trying to lose weight, basil seeds actually do wonders. These are high in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids which give you feeling of fullness and also improves metabolism. These seeds also play a crucial role in reducing bad cholesterol or LDL.
Beneficial for Skin
Yes, you heard it right. These basil seeds work effectively in controlling skin infections. They help in collagen secretion and stimulate the growth of new cells. It is recommended to add crushed basil seeds with coconut oil and apply on affected areas. It works best in controlling several skin problems.
Beneficial for hair
Basil seeds are high in proteins, iron and vitamin K which are very essential for long, healthy and strong hair. They not just control hair fall but also adds volume by promoting hair growth.
Basil seeds are rich in fiber, they ensure easy bowel movements by cleansing the inner stomach. These are also very beneficial for digestion. It is recommended to take Basil seeds with warm milk before going to bed for good digestion.
Sabja seeds work effectively in controlling sugar levels. These are good for controlling diabetes especially type 2 diabetes. For people suffering from high glucose levels can simply mix soaked sabja seeds with warm toned milk and have it for the breakfast.
Controls acidity and heartburn
Sabja seeds by soothing the stomach lining provide relief from acidity and heartburn. They play a crucial role in neutralizing acid levels and flushing toxins out of the body.
Sabja seeds are high in potassium which directly controls our BP by relaxing arteries and controlling stress. They not just control stress but also elevates your mood and makes you feel fresh and joyful.
Along with the above benefits, basil leaves also cures cold and cough by improving immunity and also improve dental health.