Known as Khus Khus in Hindi, poppy seeds are not just popular for being an amazing ingredient for culinary applications, but, also for its slew of health benefits. Just like many other items found in an Indian kitchen, poppy seeds uses are manifold and extend beyond the confines of the kitchen.
When it comes to its consumption, one can eat a spoon full of poppy seeds directly, or mix it with drinks, yogurt, honey, or desserts. In fact, back in the medieval period, poppy seeds were consumed in a similar way, especially as mild sedatives or to calm crying babies. Check out how poppy seeds can benefit your health.
Improves Heart Health
Bad eating habits and sedentary lifestyles have made many of us unhealthy and prone to several diseases. An organ that faces the worst impact of such a lifestyle is our heart. The increased amount of cholesterol levels and problems in blood circulation, leads to heart diseases.
While many are surviving on medications, wholesome food is also required along with it. Poppy seeds are loaded with an immense amount of dietary fibers. It reduces bad cholesterol levels and keeps good cholesterol up. Not only this, but the iron in it is also highly effective in purifying blood and in increasing the haemoglobin levels.
Helps In Digestion
The current generation is in love with junks and fast foods that lack in nutrition, but is loaded with calories, sodium, and unhealthy fat. These elements affect digestion and in most cases leads to bloating. Poppy seeds are a rich source of insoluble fiber.
Daily consumption of this food item keeps problems like constipation at bay, by making food passage easy through the alimentary canal and also strengthens the digestive system. Not only this, but poppy seeds also increases the absorption of nutrients from the food.
While most of us love to sleep, we can’t deny that there are many distractions that seem much alluring than a good night's sleep. Due to distractions and several other reasons, the problem of insomnia (a condition related to poor sleeping habits) has become common.
If you are facing it too, try consuming poppy seeds that are packed with magnesium. This nutrient helps reducing the levels of cortisol (stress hormone) and improves the quality, duration of sleep. The best way to ingest poppy seeds before going to bed is by drinking its tea or homemade paste with milk. As you start taking it, you will eventually notice improved sleep quality and metabolism.
Boosts Bone Strength
With increasing age, bone strength tends to decrease. This is the time, when one needs to pay more attention to boosting bone’s health with wholesome eating habits. One of the most vital nutrients for bone health is calcium, and poppy seeds are loaded with it, along with copper.
While there are several other foods for healthy bone, manganese in the seeds is great to keep problems like joint pain far from you, as it helps in the production of the protein collagen. This protects the bones from severe damage.
Promotes Female Fertility
From issues in the menstrual cycle to structural problems of the reproductive system or infections, there can be several different reasons for facing infertility. While some problems need medical attention, others can be treated with exercises, a balanced diet, and the consumption of wholesome ingredients like poppy seeds.
This ingredient is highly effective in clearing any kind of blockage in the fallopian tube, (an organ in the female reproductive organs that allows eggs to travel from the ovaries to the uterus) hence increasing the chances of fertility. Sexual health is also likely to improve due to the presence of lignin in the poppy seeds.
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