The health benefits of Lotus Seeds.
Looking for a low calorie snack? Originating from the Lotus Flower, Fox Nut is the seed of the flower that is in the form of a dry, hard shell. Found across Asia, it is a water plant that is cultivated in the peak of the monsoon season, all the way till October.
In India it is known as ‘Makhana’ and as Gorgon Nut in other countries including Japan and Korea,
While in China it is used in medicine, in India it is a popular snack and also added to curries.
The benefits of Lotus Seeds:
Lotus seeds contain a flavonoid called kaempferol which anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent gum disease and improve oral hygiene.
There are alkaloids present in the seeds that has calming and sedative properties that can calm the brain and help with insomnia.
The large number of alkaloids present in the heart of the seeds also help reduce blood pressure.
The high level of magnesium and low sodium also helps with reducing hypertension.
The astringent properties of the seed also benefit the kidneys and improve the appetite.
Rich in fibre it helps with the digestive tract.
The antioxidants also help with keep the skin and hair healthy.
The vitamins and minerals help with keep energy levels high.
Lotus seeds can be added to salad, soup, or then simply popped on a dry pan, sprinkled with a pinch of Himalayan salt and enjoyed as a healthy snack.
You can buy Lotus Seeds for 10 AED per pack from the Apna Pakistan Store in Karama.