Sabja or Basil or Chia 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. Unlike other seeds, chia seeds are absorbed by the body in the whole form and they can be eaten without any further preparation.
Sabja seeds are a great source of dietary fibre. They provide 34g of dietary fibre per 100g and have a high soluble fibre content. This provides satiety and slows down the process of digestion which may prove to be beneficial for diabetics.They have omega-3 fatty acids which makes them heart healthy. They are a vegetarian powerhouse of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids that helps fight inflammation and ward off cardiovascular disease,arthritis and ageing. They are also a great protein source for vegetarians. These seeds when soaked in water, take up water to expand and form a gel-like substance. This gel on consumption can keep you hydrated for a long time. This swelling capacity helps the detoxification and cleansing of toxins from your body.
Health Benefits And Uses of Basil Seeds or Sabja :
1. Beats the heat
Basil seeds are very good at reducing body heat. Soak some Basil seeds in water for some time and then have it with cold milk or any natural drink. This helps in cooling down the system immediately. Can add these seeds in lemonades,or faloodas also.
2. Aids in digestion
Basil seeds are commonly used to provide relief from stomach upset. Due to its carminative effects, it is effective for treating digestive disorders such as stomach cramps, flatulence, constipation, irregular bowel movements and indigestion.
3. Treats colds
Another benefit of basil seeds is that they also provide relief from influenza, fever and cold. Since it has antispasmodic effects, it can help treat whooping cough. In fact, tulsi is the main ingredient in many expectorants and cough syrups.
4. Cures respiratory disorders
The herb is useful in the cure of respiratory disease, according to recent studies. A mixture of the herb, with ginger and honey is a remedy for asthma, cough, cold, influenza and bronchitis. Simply boil it in a glass of water and consume it.
5. Stress reliever
Consumption of basil seeds has an uplifting effect on your mood and thus is beneficial for relieving mental fatigue, nervous tension, melancholy, depression and migraine. Due to its calming effect, it is commonly used for aromatherapy purposes, giving you clarity and mental strength.
6. 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.