There is a very powerful seed which is very small but has a lot of nutrients and health benefits. There are many of you who might already be having this. This is the sweet basil seed also known as a “Subja” seed in Hindi. These seeds can be easily found at your local grocer. They are really small in size and they look similar to chia seeds but they are far from the family of chia seeds. They come from the sweet basil plant which is also different from the holy basil or a Tulsi plant. When you add these tiny seeds to water you find that they swell up almost instantly. They have a gelatinous coating around them. The drink in India called falooda has these seeds mixed with water and ice cream. These seeds are full of fibre which means it has the ability to keep you full for a longer period of time. It has existed in Ayurveda and ancient medicine for many of its health benefits. You can get these health benefits by just adding it to your daily diet. Here are some of these benefits:
High Fibre: 4 grams, which is a little less than a spoon of the subja seeds has more fibre than a whole bulb of lettuce. It also has something called ALA which is alpha linolenic acid and this comes from the amazing amount of Omega 3 fatty acids that subja seeds have. This makes it an excellent source of Omega 3 Fatty acids for vegetarians along with flax seeds and walnuts. The fibre in the subja seeds has a mechanical effect as it passes through your colon.When you have two teaspoons of these seeds mixed with water before you sleep or even when you wake up in the morning it can help you have a good stool. So, over time it can help you overcome constipation as well.
Weight Loss: The Alpha Linolenic acid that is contained in the Omega 3 in these seeds has an important function in boosting fat burn and boosting metabolic activity. ALA like Omega 3 boost your metabolic function and fat burn. When you consume one or two teaspoons mixed with water 30 minutes before your lunch or dinner it can prevent you from overeating because it makes you feel full faster. At the same time, it’s extremely rich in fibre and that has its benefit in digestion.
Acidity: It has a cooling effect in the human body. So, for people who have acidity it plays a big role in helping them overcome acidity and this is great to add to your water in the summer time. In the winter, you’ll find most locals and farmers will not have subja anymore because it’s cooling for the human body and you can use it when you’re acidic or especially when it’s summer.
Diabetes: It plays a massive role in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. These seeds can help manage or reverse your diabetes. Because it’s rich in fibre, when you have it minutes before your meals it can prevent any spike in your blood sugar levels. So, for people who have diabetes this is something fantastic for you to add to your diet. Of course, keep your nutritionist and doctors in the loop so that you don’t go into hypo in case you have too much of it.
Skin Disorders: In case of skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis there’s a very simple recipe that includes these seeds, which has worked wonders for people across the world. You take two tablespoons of coconut oil and you gently warm it. You crush basil seeds in a pestle until it becomes a fine powder and you slowly cook it with the coconut oil for about a minute and then you cool that oil and you put it on the area where you have eczema or the area that you have psoriasis and do this for at least 15 to 20 days for it to work.
Immunity: Basil seeds are rich in iron, protein, vitamin A, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese and folic acid and so it plays a huge role when it comes to immunity, coughs, colds and sore throats. Anything that boosts immunity should be in our diet in the right way. So, you can soak a tablespoon of subja seeds in a bottle overnight and you can soak it with raw honey and you can soak it with ginger and a little bit of lemon juice. This makes a fantastic tonic to boost your immunity, especially when you have a cold cough or a viral. You can also warm water and then add the seeds to warm water and add some ginger honey and lemon.
If you’re pregnant you should not use subja seeds unless your nutritionists or doctor allows you to do it and if you have cancers which are oestrogen driven, oestrogen dominant cancers or any disease which is oestrogen dominant because subja seeds will lower your oestrogen in the body if you have it the wrong way or if you have too much of it.
Always do things by making an informed decision. Check with your nutritionists or your medical practitioners before you add it or look into your own life, look at your current status of your health and decide whether this is going to help you. You can’t go wrong with nature when it’s used the right way, respected and not abused.