Basil Seeds – The Indian Chia Seeds

Get over chia seeds. Basil seeds are around in abundance. And cost a fraction of what their more popular cousin costs in the market. Black, sesame sized and tear-shaped, basil seeds have been traditionally consumed in Indian homes by first soaking them in water for a few hours and then adding them to milk or beverages when they swell up and turn gelatinous and crunchy.

Take a look at some of the health benefits basil seeds carry…

Rich in Calcium, Magnesium and Iron

A tablespoon of basil seeds take care of about 15% of our daily intake of calcium and 10% of our daily intake of iron and magnesium. They are also a good source of fibre.

Weight Management

Basil seeds are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids which increase the metabolism and help in managing weight issues.  Since they make one feel full after consumption, they indirectly restrict binge-eating.

Cool Down the Body

These seeds produce a cooling effect on the body and are regularly consumed along with milk based and rose flavoured beverages in summers.

Sugar & Cholesterol Control

They are a good bet for diabetics since they balance out blood sugar and also help in curbing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Prevent Heartburn

Regular consumption of basil seeds relieves acidity as they flush out toxins, soothe heartburn and neutralise acid effect.

Relish the goodness of basil seeds!

 

 

 

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