6 Surprising Health Benefits of ‘Tukh Malanga’

Many of us are unaware of the uses, nutritional facts and medicinal values of Tukh Malanga known generally as Basil Seeds. The importance of this nutrient-rich food which is commonly found especially in summer season.

Basil seeds have a balanced proportion of carbohydrates, protein and fats which makes them an excellent source of energy boosting food. These seeds do not require any processing to be consumed.

Mix a handful of basil seeds with chilled limo pani, Rooh Afza or water, and it will keep you refreshed, rehydrated and refuelled.

Here’s is a list of six health benefits of basil seeds that we guarantee will attract you towards this long-forgotten food.

1.Helps in digestion

Scientists have proven that basil seeds have excellent carminative effects because they contain a very high level of insoluble dietary fibres. They serve the purpose of a natural detoxifying agent, which cleanse out the entire gastrointestinal tract efficiently. As the stomach becomes toxin-free, the process of digestion turns easier and the chances of developing various digestive issues such as an upset stomach, cramps, indigestion and flatulence also go down.

2. Cures constipation

Being rich in insoluble dietary fibres, tukh malanga can reduce constipation to a great extent or even cure it completely. All you need to do is to soak a handful of the seeds in a glass of milk and drink it every night before going to bed. It will make bowel movements smoother, thereby relieving constipation.

3. Good for skin infections

Basil seeds are crushed into oil to help in treating infections such as wounds, cuts, bladder infections, skin infections and so forth.
While  there doesn’t appear to be any evidence that basil seeds have undesirable side effects, you should consult your doctor before consuming them, especially if you are on medication.

4. Heals acidity and stomach burn

Such seeds are very soothing for our gastrointestinal tract, especially the stomach. If you feel an acute burning sensation in your abdomen, you should consume some basil seeds. Give it one week and you will definitely see a difference!

5. Regulates body heat

When it comes to keeping our body cool during scorching summer days, tukh malanga can be a true rescuer. It has great cooling properties and is used as an effective body coolant. Just submerge a handful of fresh basil seeds in a glass of cold water and drink it after an hour or so.

6. Reduces stress

These seeds are one of the best natural stress busters. As mentioned earlier, they have wonderful calming effects on our body, which are to some extent similar to aromatherapy. Therefore, incorporating these seeds in your daily food actually means reduced stress levels, increased mental clarity, improved mental strength and uplifted mood.



FHM Pakistan

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