Lotus seeds also known as kamal gatta in hindi and are popularly referred as Padma Beeja in Sanskrit. Padma Beeja means seeds of lotus flower. Lotus flower belongs to the genus Nilumbo and species Nilumbo Nucifera. These seeds are very popular in East Asia and they are used in their cuisine. Lotus seed paste is used in pastries and desserts of china and Japan. The age old Chinese and Indian medicine texts also recommend these seeds in their preparations. Lotus seeds are store house of vitamins, minerals and protein. They are very low in saturated fats.
Nutritional facts: Every 100gms of these seeds provide 89 calories. They contain plenty of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B-6 and iron. These seeds have only 0.5% of fat and zero cholesterol. They also supply good amount of Protein (4.1 gms).
The health benefits of lotus seeds or kamal gatta are explained as follows in texts of Ayurveda.
These seeds act as body coolants. Even in Chinese medicine they believe that soup of lotus seeds relieves body heat. These seeds are sweet, astringent and bitter to taste .They absorb lot of water during digestion and dry up tissues. Lotus seeds are heavy to digest.
Aphrodisiac: These seeds are praised as “Vrishya”. Vrishya means aphrodisiac. They boost the libido. Ayurveda acharyas recommend to use these seeds in ayurvedic preparations which are used to increase sperm count and sperm motility. Many Vajikarana Therapy Preparations contain these seeds. Consumption of lotus seeds improves male fertility. Hence these seeds are added as main ingredient in SUPRAJA LEHYAM an Ayurvedic Remedy to increase sperm count and sperm motility. Kamal ghatta is also helpful in erectile dysfunction. They can be used by diabetic patients who suffer from erectile dysfunction due to diabetes. The presence of potassium, magnesium and iron are reasons for its aphrodisiac properties.
Uterine Tonic: These seeds also strengthen the linings of uterus and prevent habitual abortion and miscarriages. Hence lotus seeds are considered as best health supplement for female infertility. (Click here for ayurvedic remedy for PCOD).
Weight Loss: These seeds can be used as snacks by people who are on weight loss regimen. They fill the stomach and suppress appetite. Lotus seeds also provide essential nutrients when you are on a weight loss program. (Click here for Ayurvedic Remedy Combo for weight loss)
Caution: Since lotus seeds have tissue drying properties they may cause constipation. A lot of water has to be consumed when you use these seeds.
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