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Getting to Know Lotus Seeds

Lotus seeds are used in several Southeast Asian cuisines. In Malaysian cuisine, they are used in the making of several drinks, including tea. In Thai cuisine, the seeds are used in a variety of simple yet delicious desserts.

Extracted from the lotus plant that is grown widely in Thailand, these seeds are used in a variety of ways. They are also said to be a storehouse of nutrition. They are used very often in Asian traditional medicine.

Lotus Seeds

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Here are some of the claimed health benefits of lotus seeds:

Lotus seeds are a great source of protein. They are also rich in magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, which are all essential for good health.

Lotus seeds are believed to have anti-ageing properties. They repair damaged proteins, and also prevent inflammation, keeping your skin young and healthy.

Many scientists and doctors opine that these seeds have certain astringent properties which are very good for kidneys.

Lotus Seed

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The sweet taste of lotus seeds is a great benefit in itself. But this sweetness actually helps cure diarrhoea, and also nourishes the spleen.

While the entire seed tastes sweet, the slightly bitter ‘heart’ of the lotus seed is said to have cooling properties, which greatly benefit the heart.

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