Lotus plants grow in Asia and in Europe and now in the US and other countries. The roots have nutrition and also the seeds… and today we will talk about the nutrition of Lotus Seeds which has been used for thousands of years for healing. In fact, the oldest Lotus Seeds that were still viable were over 1000 years old… and Lotus Seeds have a naturally sweet taste that people love to snack on.
Lotus Seeds are low in fat, have a good amount of protein, are cholesterol-free, and are full of carbs that are important for instant energy. They also contain iron for preventing anemia, calcium for strong bones, potassium for cardiovascular health and for water regulation, phosphorus for regulation of hormones and proper mental function, manganese for lowering blood sugar and good metabolism, and B Vitamins for stress and vitality. And because Lotus Seeds are low in calories (one cup contains about 100 calories) they are great for losing weight.
Lotus Seeds contain powerful antioxidants that slow the aging process (contains L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase which repairs body proteins) and prevents cardiovascular disease, strokes, diabetes, and cancer. Plus help with inflammation (contain Kaempferol a powerful anti-inflammatory agent), in fact, studies show that Lotus Seeds are great for fighting off the herpes virus.
They also contain isoquinoline alkaloid that’s a great relaxing agent, anti-spasmodic agent, (At the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Oregon they recommend Lotus Seeds for insomnia, restlessness, and heart palpitations). And Lotus Seeds dilate arteries and blood vessels thus helping to lower blood pressure. And Lotus Seeds have been used for treating prostate problems, urinary tract changes, and diseases of the reproductive organs.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lotus Seeds are used for boosting kidney Chi… plus they work as a good sexual vitality booster. And have been used for treating heart, spleen, and kidney related disease. Lotus Seeds cool the body when there is excess heat, and also work well for internal bleeding, and they have been used for treating diarrhea by sooth the GI tract.
Lotus Seeds lower blood sugar… and help with the aches and pains of arthritis and other debilitating diseases. Cosmetic companies use Lotus Seed powders in cosmetics because Lotus Seeds contain anti-aging enzymes that promote youthful looking skin.
Lotus Seeds can be candied, added to soups, popped like popcorn (Pop Lotus Seed is called Makhana), made into Chinese pastries and desserts, or eaten raw as a great snack food… and can be made into wonderful vegetarian dishes. If you buy Lotus Seeds at Asian Markets they may need to be soaked overnight because sometimes they are very hard when dry. In the southern states, Cajun cooks call them “flying seeds” because when ripe the seeds pop right out of the pods… flying away by themselves.
You can order Lotus Seeds, popped Lotus Seeds, and other forms of Lotus Seeds on-line or ask for them at your local Asian market and health food store.
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