Basil seeds are known by different names-:
- Sabja Seeds, Sabja Ginjalu, Sabja Vethai
- Falooda Seeds, Arabic Falooda Seeds
- Selashi Tukmaria
- Tuk Malanga Seeds, Tukmalanga Seeds
- Basilic Cultive, Basilien Kraut
- Sweet Basil Seeds, Thai Holy Basil
How are Sabja seeds consumed?
Sabja Seeds are hard to chew. Therefore, you can’t take them raw. Usually, the seeds are soaked in water before consuming. They begin to swell at the touch of water, with a lucid white film covering each black seed, which makes them more gelatinous and they become twice their size. It is suggested to have at least two teaspoons every day to achieve health benefits.
Nutritional value of sabja seeds:
Just a glimpse of its nutritional value is quite enough for realizing its health benefits.
Nutritional analysis summary (per 100g):
- Energy: 975 kJ / 233 Kcal
- Protein: 23 g
- Carbohydrates: 48 g
- Fat: 4 g
- Vitamin A: 744IU
- Vitamin B6: 1.34mg
- Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol): 10.7mg
- Vitamin K: 1714.5 mcg
- Vitamin B1: 0.08 mg
- Vitamin B2: 1.2mg
- Vitamin B3: 4.9mg
- Vitamin B5: 0838 mg
- Vitamin B9: 310 mcg
- Vitamin B complex: 54.9 mg
- Betaine: 16.1 mg
- Calcium:2240 mg
- Iron: 89.8 mg
- Magnesium: 711 mg
- Phosphorus: 274 mg
- Potassium: 2630 mg
- Sodium: 76 mg
- Zinc: 7.1 mg
- Copper: 2.1 mg
- Manganese: 9.8 mg
- Selenium: 3 mcg
What are the health benefits of Sabja seeds?
Here we are disclosing the unknown health benefits that are hidden so far in the sabja seeds:
Helps in losing weight:
Sabja seeds are an excellent choice for shedding excess body weight. Including these seeds in your weight loss diet increases the results. Sabja seeds are loaded with fiber. Therefore, sabja seeds keep you full throughout the day, cutting back overeating and snacking between meals significantly. This will contribute to the weight loss. Moreover, when these seeds are digested, they may swell to 30 times their original size. This, therefore, will “physically” fills your stomach, bringing down the appetite.
Benefits skin and hair:
With such an impressive concentration of antioxidants and flavonoids, these seeds are definitely able to improve the health of the skin. Eating basil seeds regularly helps in collagen formation, which has an important role in forming new skin cells. Grinding dry sabja seeds into fine powder and mixing it well with a tablespoon of coconut oil makes an excellent anti-aging mask.
The Sabja seeds are rich in vitamin K, protein and iron, which are beneficial to get your hair shiny and healthy. These seeds can stimulate the production of hair and prevent premature hair loss. Combine olive or coconut oil with sabja seed powder, massage your scalp with the mixture. Leave overnight for best results.
Alleviate digestive issues:
Sabja seeds act as a natural detoxifying agent, therefore, flush out the toxin from the entire gastrointestinal tract, making it toxin-free. The process of digestion, thereby, becomes easier and smoother bowel movements decrease the odds of developing various digestive issues like upset stomach, cramps, indigestion, flatulence, etc. significantly.
Being rich in insoluble dietary fibers, sabja seeds can bring down the chances of constipation significantly or even cure it entirely.
Treats Type Two diabetes:
People experiencing type-2 diabetes can be highly benefited by including sabja seeds in their diet. These seeds slow down the metabolism of the body and thus controls the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose. Taking two spoons of sabja seeds in a glass of water or toned milk with breakfast effectively regulate blood sugar level.
Regulate body heat:
These seeds are excellent for lowering body heat during those blazing summer days. Just have sabja seeds well soaked in water whenever you feel throughout the day.
Relieves respiratory issues:
According to recent studies, sabja seeds are exceptionally helpful in alleviating various respiratory issues. It’s quite simple procedure. Boil 1 tablespoon of pure raw honey, 1 tablespoon of finely grated ginger and 1 tablespoon of fresh sabja seeds in a glass of water. Drink this recipe for a couple of weeks. You will get rid of respiratory issues like cold, cough, influenza, bronchial asthma, etc.
Control blood pressure:
56% of the recommended daily dose of potassium is present in 100 grams of saga seeds. This level is enough to form a positive impact on the blood pressure. Being a vasodilator, potassium relaxes the tension in the arteries and blood vessels, thereby, brings down the strain on the cardiovascular system.
Good for heart:
Studies have shown that sabja seeds directly associated with bringing down “bad” cholesterol levels. This will reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and plaque deposition in the arteries and blood vessels. Therefore, sabja seeds reduce your chances of heart attack and stroke.
Can everyone have sabja seeds?
Irrespective of its health benefits, pregnant woman, too elderly people and too young children are not supposed to have sabja seeds. Here are the reasons.
Hormones: The main disadvantage of basil seeds is their potential impact on hormone levels in the body. This can be dangerous for pregnant women, as it brings down the estrogen level thereby increases the chances of miscarriage and may result in complications for the baby. Also, those who suffer from thyroid imbalances or other hormonal issues should not use these seeds before proper medical advice.
Choking Hazard: As these seeds swell when coming in contact with liquid, an inappropriate ratio of liquid to the seeds can form a large gelatinous clump that can be hard to swallow. This increases the chance of choking. For this reason, these seeds are not recommended for anyone with swallowing difficulties, or too young children or too elderly people.