Navratri Special Benefits of Makhana

Navratri Special Benefits of Makhana
Makhana (also known as lotus seeds) are the seeds of the water lotus plant. The seeds are small, round and white or off-white in appearance. The lotus seeds are highly useful in terms of nutritional benefits. 
Makhana are also a good source of protein, iron and zinc, which makes them extremely nutritious. Along with it, the seeds have a natural flavonoid which prevents inflammation. Lotus seeds have an astringent property which benefits the kidneys and helps to restore vital energy within the body. It is useful for heart because of its bitter and cooling properties. Also it can help dilate blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure. Since makhana seeds are high in fiber, it helps to avoid constipation. Also they help the body to remove the waste; prevent the accumulation of toxins.  Lotus seeds are low in calories, fat and high in fiber and thus helpful in diabetes. It lowers the blood sugar level. The seeds are recommended for women during pregnancy and post natal weakness; helps in female infertility. The lotus seeds can be digested by all age groups. They are a healthy snack for children. Just roast the seeds a bit and add a pinch of salt.
 
Did You Know?
Besides being edible, the lotus plant has many health and beauty benefits as well. You can use makhana seeds in desserts, rice porridge, soups and stir fry dishes.
 
Nutrients per 100 gm
 
Calories – 47 kcal
Protein – 3 g
Carbs – 9 g 
Fat - Trace
 

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