Big things come in small packets!
Think Sabja (Basil seeds) and this thought ought to cross the mind. These tiny, minuscule seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients and an effective natural remedy for numerous health conditions. In short, health benefits of Sabja seeds are many!
While the Basil plant (Tulsi) holds a significant place in our traditions and is found in practically every Indian household, these seeds are entirely different and full of advantages. Rich in protein, fats, and carbohydrates, the black and tiny Sabja seeds provide a good quantity of fiber too. Great for diabetes, they are good for our skin too. But be careful how you eat them – they are hard to chew, so it’s best to soak them in water and consume them rather than having them raw. Just immerse them in warm water, and they are ready for consumption in 15 minutes.
Where all can I use these seeds?
Sabja seeds act as a great topping in drinks, faloodas, and desserts. Mix a spoonful in a chilled glass of lemonade or sprinkle a few seeds over your kulfi to give your sweet dish a nice crunchy taste. You can also add them to your salads and pasta or munch the seeds as a low-calorie snack.
Brings down the body heat
A drink infused with Sabja is a great way to beat the scorching heat. A highly effective natural coolant, they gel well with water, coconut milk, sherbets, and milkshakes too.
Sabja seeds are known to be effective for Type 2 diabetes. Since they slow down the metabolism, they help control the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose. Just mix some soaked seeds in a glass of milk and consume it for breakfast as a delicious, healthy drink.
Since these seeds are high in dietary fiber, they help a person feel fuller and satiated. They also naturally detox the body and regulate the bowel movement. Have a glass of milk with some Sabja seeds before going to bed for it aids in digestion and acts as an effective stomach cleanser.
If you have a regular complaint of mouth ulcers, make Sabja seeds an integral part of your diet. Their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties also make them an effective mouth freshener. The seeds are known to protect a wide array of dental problems too such as bad breath, cavities, and plague.
- If not soaked well or in less water, the Sabja seeds can cause incidents of choking in some cases.
- If you suffer from hormonal imbalances or thyroid, check with your doctor before consuming the Sabja seeds.
- For pregnant ladies, it’s best to check with your doctor before you consume the seeds because they tend to up the estrogen levels in the body.