Poppy seeds health benefits!!
The poppy plant is the biennial herb, which is grown in the Asia Minor and East Mediterranean. The plant belongs to the family, Papaveraceae. This herb is scientifically known as Papaver somniferum. The poppy seeds is known as “khus khus” in Hindi, “Kasa Kasa” in Tamil, “Posto” in Bengali, “Gasagase” in Kannada, “Khuskhush” in Gujarati, “Khush khush” in Punjabi and “Kas kas” in Malayalam. The poppy seeds are derived from the poppy plant. These are essentially the oilseeds. They don’t possess narcotic characteristics. These seeds are crispy in texture, deformed shaped, small sized and slate blue colored. These poppy seeds form to be an extremely popular ingredient of food. These seeds contain very negligible amount of toxic alkaloids. Here, we shall be learning about the health benefits of poppy seeds.
1. This seed helps to maintain the level of cholesterol in the blood
Poppy seeds have several essential oils, which are volatile in nature and some important fatty acids. The seeds contain linoleic acid and oleic acid. These are monosaturated fatty acids, which help in lowering the level of bad cholesterol, LDL cholesterol. These also help in enhancing the level of good cholesterol, also known as the HDL cholesterol as well. Thus, it helps to maintain the level of cholesterol in the blood.
2. The Poppy seed acts as a wonderful source of Dietary Fiber
The poppy seeds are wonderful sources of dietary fiber. 100 grams of poppy seeds provide 51 percent of RDA (regular daily level) of dietary fiber. This fiber is mostly metabolically inert in nature. This helps in increasing the bulk content of the food and water is absorbed through the digestive tract. Thus, it also helps in solving the various metabolic complications and digestion related problems as well like constipation, indigestion and some more. Also, the fiber gets bound to the cholesterol products, known as the bile salts and decreases the rate of reabsorption of the salts in the colon of the human beings.
3. Poppy seeds are essential sources of vitamins
This is yet another health benefits of poppy seeds. These poppy seeds form to be an excellent source of various Vitamin B complex like pantothenic acid, thiamine, niacin, thiamine, pyridoxine, niacin, folic acid and riboflavin. These vitamins act as the co-factors facilitating the metabolism of the substrates like carbohydrates and fats.
4. These are good sources of essential minerals
These seeds have essential minerals like potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, calcium, copper and iron. The mineral, copper helps in utilizing the production of RBCs (red blood cells). The zinc acts as a co-factor of several enzymes, which help in the growth and development of the human beings, digestion, synthesizing the nucleic acid and generation of sperm. Potassium is also another essential mineral, which comprise the body, right from the cellular level, which helps in maintaining the balance of the fluid in the body, controlling the blood pressure and heart rate as well. Manganese is yet another important mineral, which acts as a co-factor of superoxide dismutase, the anti-oxidating enzyme.
5. Poppy seeds act as wonderful pain killers
These seeds act as the narcotics. These are used to relieve pain and provide relief. They are also used to treat the various infectious disorders, respiratory complications, sleep related disorders and diarrhoea.
6. These seeds help in treating nervous complications
These seeds have certain quantity of alkaloids. These small quantity of alkaloids present in the poppy seeds, help in providing treatment of the several nervous complications and nerve related disorders. These have a calming impact on the nervous system of the individuals. This forms to be a wonderful health benefit of the poppy seeds.
7. The poppy seeds help in treating inflammation and skin eczema
The seeds have a good amount of linoleic acid, which helps in the treatment of eczema. A paste is made using the poppy seeds, which are soaked in milk or water and ground with lime juice. This paste is then applied externally on the infection. This paste also has the ability to treat itching, burning sensation and other skin related complications. These seeds act as wonderful pain killers, by eliminating the pain due to inflammation of the skin.
Thus, these are some of the essential health benefits of poppy seeds. These poppy seeds health benefits make these seeds so much popular in the field of medical science to a huge extent.
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