Basil plants have already made a niche for themselves in the medicinal and culinary world for their abundant beneficial properties. But did you know that the basil seeds that help in growing the basil plants are as beneficial as the main plant or even more?
Seeds have already been stirring the nutritional world with the abundant benefits provided by them and with all of us already being acquainted with many such nutritious seeds like chia, pumpkin, flaxseed, and hemp; it is time that we know about the new seed on the block, the basil seeds or as popularly known as the sabja seeds.
Continue reading the article as we delve further into the amazing benefits provided by these sabja seeds.
What are the sabja seeds?
Generally having a hue of black, sabja seeds strongly resemble sesame seeds. However, unlike them, they have a droplike appearance and have a mild flavor of basil.
The nutritional profile of sabja seeds are as follows
0.5 ounces or 13 grams of sabja seeds (1 tablespoon) contain
- 60 calories
- Fat- 2.5grams
- Omega-3- 1240mg
- Carbs- 7grams
- Dietary fiber- 7grams
- Protein- 2grams
- Calcium- 15℅ of RDI
- Iron- 10℅ of RDI
- Magnesium- 10℅ of RDI
Benefits of Sabja seeds
Sabja seed’s uses are far and varied. It not only provides substantial health benefits for our body but is extremely beneficial for our hair and skin too.
So without any ado, let us discuss them in detail then
- Sabja seeds act as a body coolant. It helps in reducing the body heat and also produces a soothing effect on our stomach
- According to certain reports, sabja seeds have anti-diabetic properties that can help you to control the spike in blood glucose levels of diabetic patients. Consuming sabja seeds can also help you reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and other chronic heart ailments.
- As we can see that sabja seeds are a good source of dietary fibers. These seeds help in absorbing water and thus when consumed, these seeds help in drawing water to the gut. People who suffer from constipation have acknowledged that including sabja seeds in their diet helped in alleviating the condition as the seeds softened the feces and promoted regular bowel movements.
- Sabja seeds due to the presence of pectin in them help in modulating the metabolism and composition of the gut microbes and also simultaneously increases the number of good bacteria in the gut. This property has helped in ameliorating acidity to a great extent.
- Continuing with the previous point, we know that sabja seeds help in regulating the bowel movements of the body. This function helps in cleansing the system and removing all the accumulated toxins from the body.
- If you are looking for seeds that can aid your weight loss, then sabja seeds can be extremely beneficial for you. Due to the high fiber content of sabja seeds, it helps in regulating the calorie intake of the body. Sabja seeds keep you full for a long time and also simultaneously helps in removing the unwanted fats from the body.
- Bestowed with plant chemicals like flavonoids and polyphenols, sabja seeds act as an anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic ingredient.
- Sabja seeds also are an effective mouth freshener and can be beneficial in curing mouth ulcers.
- Sabja seeds are the powerhouse of omega 3 fatty acids which help in combating depression, anxiety and also boost vision and fetal development simultaneously.
- Being rich in flavonoids, terpenoids, and tannins, sabja seeds have claimed to enhance memory in some people and also ameliorate tension, stress, and anxiety.
And as for skin and hair, sabja seeds provide bountiful benefits for them too:
- Proteins present in sabja seeds help in boosting hair growth and hair volume and also reduce hair fall in the process. Combining crushed sabja seeds with any hair oil of your choice and massaging it on your hair can help you to get rid of dandruff and strengthen your hair roots and follicles.
- Bestowed with antioxidant properties, sabja seeds help you to combat damage caused due to free radicals. It helps in detoxing the system and makes your skin radiant and youthful from the outside. And due to the presence of antimicrobial and antifungal properties, sabja seeds are also effective against various chronic skin ailments, especially eczema and psoriasis.
Potential side effects of sabja seeds
Certain measures should be kept in mind while including sabja seeds in your daily diet.
- It should be kept in mind that a person should not consume more than a tablespoon of sabja seeds every day. Overdose can lead to various side effects.
- The potential side effects noticed are nausea, vomiting, headache, acid reflux, and loss of appetite.
- Due to its anti-diabetic properties, it can also reduce the blood sugar level to an alarming level in some people.
- Pregnant women and small children are not recommended sabja seeds. It is believed to reduce the estrogen levels in the case of pregnant women and as for children, it increases the risk of choking.
- Sabja seeds slow down clotting rate and therefore it is advised to abstain from consuming sabja seeds before any surgery or operation.
How to incorporate sabja seeds into your diet?
Sabja seeds have a very mild flavor of basil and therefore it is a versatile ingredient that can be incorporated into various culinary dishes.
One of the best ways is to soak the seeds in water for 20 minutes and then consume them directly. Or some of the other ways to inculcate sabja seeds in your diet is by;
- Add them to your smoothie bowls or your juices and milkshakes.
- It can be also used as a garnishing for desserts and ice creams.
- You can also sprinkle those seeds on soups and other dishes to bring that extra crunch to your culinary creations.
Now there you go, everything you need to know about the minuscule powerhouses of nutrition, the sabja seeds. Now go on, include them in your daily diet and reap all the benefits out of it.