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Basil Seeds: Surprising Benefits & More

health benefits of Basil seeds

Basil is botanically known as Ocimum basilicum, but its more popular names are Sweet Basil or Thai Basil. Basil is a member of the large mint family, or Lamiaceae family, along with other culinary herbs like rosemary, sage, and lavender. It is believed that basil originated in India, although, the herb has been cultivated for over 5,000 years around the globe. 

Basil seeds are native to India but are different from the holy basil, Tulsi. Basil seeds originate from the sweet basil or the Ocimum basilicum plant which is where they get the name, sweet basil seeds. They are also known by the name tukmaria or sabja seeds and are tear-shaped, black seeds much like chia seeds. 

The benefits of sabja or basil seeds in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine have been known for a while. But only in the recent past, basil seeds benefits have been recognized worldwide.

Basil seeds are rich in protein, essential fats, carbs, and are packed with fiber and do not contain any calories. They have a hard outer texture and cannot be consumed raw. The best way to consume these seeds is after soaking them in water as it makes it more gelatinous. This plant is often used for seasoning dishes.

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Nutrient Profile of Basil Seeds      

Following is the nutrition profile of 1 tablespoon (13 grams or 0.5 ounces) of Basil seeds:

Nutrients

Amount

Calories

60

Total fat 

2.5 grams

Omega- fat

1240 milligrams

Total carbs

7 grams

Dietary fiber

7 grams

Protein

2 grams

Calcium

15% of RDI

Iron

10% of RDI

Magnesium

10% of RDI

Health Benefits of Basil Seeds

Aids in weight loss

Basil seeds are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which comes from high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids present in the seeds. These acids help in boosting the fat burning metabolism in the body. The seeds also consist of high fiber content which helps keep the stomach full for longer periods of time and prevents unwanted cravings. You can add it to a bowl of yogurt or sprinkle some in salads as a pre-meal snack to control appetite.

Reduces excess body heat

Basil seeds help lower the body heat which is why people often add them to refreshing drinks like lime soda, lime water, sherbets, or milkshakes. In many Asian countries like Thailand, basil seeds are used to make a mocktail that includes water, sugar, honey, and sometimes coconut milk. This is a great drink to beat the scorching summer heat as it acts as one of the best body coolants. 

Helps control blood sugar levels

Consumption of basil seeds is considered to be good for people suffering from type 2 diabetes as it helps keep a check on the blood sugar levels. These seeds help slow down the metabolism of your body thereby controlling the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose. You can mix soaked basil seeds in a glass of milk and drink it as per your convenience during the day, preferably in the morning. 

Provides relief from bloating & digestive problems

Basil or sabja seeds naturally help detox your body and regulate smooth bowel movements. Consumption of a glass of milk with soaked basil seeds before bedtime acts as a stomach cleanser. They contain volatile oils that help in relieving gas from the gastrointestinal tract and aids in the process of digestion.

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Helps treat acidity & stomach burn

The diuretic functions of basil seeds help flush out the toxins from the body and soothe stomach burn. They neutralize the acidic effect of Hydrochloric Acid in the body and provide relief. Soaked sabja seeds are full of water and they help in soothing the stomach lining thereby relieving the burning sensation. 

Aids in curing cough and flu

Sabja seeds consist of antispasmodic property, which helps soothe tension in the spasmatic muscles and relax them. This way they help in controlling whooping cough and also strengthen the immunity of the body. Flavonoids like vicenin, orientin, and beta carotene help boost the body’s defense system.

How to eat Basil Seeds

Sabja seeds when soaked in the water begin to swell and form a translucent white film coating on each seed and become twice their size.  

  • Soak two teaspoons of basil seeds in one cup of warm water for about 15 minutes and then consume it. Warm water causes the seeds to fully swell up releasing antioxidants that are extremely beneficial for the digestive enzymes.
  • These seeds don’t have a distinct taste and can be added to multiple dishes for a nutrition boost. They can be used in lemonade, sprinkled over kulfi, or added to a pudding. These seeds can serve as a low-calorie snack. 
  • You can also add it to a plate of pasta or soup for a crunchy texture. 
  • When using basil seeds in baked goods, one can added ground basil seeds instead of soaked seeds. 
  • Soaked basil seeds can also be used as a substitute for eggs in baking. Use 1 tablespoon (13 grams) of basil seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of water to replace 1 egg.
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Basil seeds are high in fiber, a good source of various minerals, rich in plant-based omega-3 fat, and loaded with beneficial plant compounds. Basil seeds are easily available online and also in stores. Himalayan Natives Basil Seeds are 100% natural and free from pesticides, chemicals, and preservatives. All our seeds are locally sourced from different parts of India.

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