Basil seeds are the seeds from the sweet basil plant, and are also known as sabja seeds. They were traditionally used in Ayurveda, and now, the world has begun to take note of the amazing health benefits that these little black seeds offer.
Sweet basil is different from tulsi (holy basil). The tulsi plant’s seeds are not used, but its leaves are quite useful. On the other hand, sweet basil seeds are black and tear-shaped, commonly used in the popular dessert called Falooda! When soaked in water, milk or yogurt, these seeds becomes jelly-like and expand in size.
Health Benefits of Basil Seeds
Apart from giving falooda its fun taste and texture, basil seeds also have various health benefits for you. Here are some of the health benefits that you can reap from including this superfood in your diet:
The fiber in basil seeds is what helps it swell in size when soaked in water. This fibre can help you deal with digestive issues like bloating and constipation.
2. Skin and Hair care
Basil seeds can also be crushed up to extract oil which can be great for healing minor cuts on your skin. The oil is also rich in nutrients, so your skin will definitely thank you later. Apart from that, basil seeds can be eaten once soaked, and the antioxidants in them can help with skin renewal and preventing skin damage by oxidation and free radicals. Due to the Vitamin K content in them, basil seeds can also stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.
3. Healthy Fats and Heart Health
Basil seeds have essential fatty acids - Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which are fats that the body can only obtain from food sources. The balance of these fats in our diet has been linked to weight control, which can help avoid chronic heart diseases.
4. Blood pressure
Basil seeds are a rich source of potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure. Potassium is a ‘vasodilator’, which can relax the tension in arteries and blood vessels, reducing the stress on the cardiovascular system.
5. Bone Health
As nutrient-dense foods, basil seeds have a wide variety of minerals, one of them being calcium, which can help improve bone health and mineral density. Over the long run, a regular consumption of these seeds can help improve bone health and reduce risk of osteoporosis.
6. Cooling effects
Sabja seeds are mainly known for having a cooling effect. This is a popular effect, and sabja can have a very soothing effect on the stomach.
How Do I Include Basil Seeds In My Diet?
- Basil seeds swell when soaked in water, milk or yogurt. They take anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes to swell, so you can add it to your lemonade, or other fruit juice.
- You can also blend the dry seeds with your smoothies to add a boost of nutrients.
- You can also add it to your dessert if you’re trying to make a pudding-like dish with yogurt, honey and fruit. The possibilities with these seeds are diverse, and just looking them up online can reveal so many cool uses for basil seeds.
They are also easily available and add a very fun texture to your juice or flavoured milk. They can also have all these benefits, so they’re definitely worth a try.
Would you give them a shot?