Sabja seeds Benefits and its Side effects

Multiple benefits of Sabja seeds (Basil Seeds):


'Sabja seeds' is a very commonly heard term in relation to food items like Falooda, Sherbet, milkshakes, etc.  Its slimy texture and tininess are the first things that come to our mind and their addition makes us feel happy.


What is Sabja seed?

Sabja seeds commonly used come from sweet basil, Ocimum basilicum.  They are black in color and also resemble chia seeds. The other name of Sabja is Tukmaria.

Sabja seeds are native to India but slightly different from the holy basil- also called Tulsi.

What is Sabja called in English?

In English, Sabja seeds are referred to as sweet basil seeds.

Should we chew Sabja seeds?

Sabja seeds though very useful for good health are very hard to chew and hence one cannot have them in raw form.

The other common question that arises is 

Is chia seed and sabja same?

The answer is No.  They are different. Sabja seeds look similar to chia seeds though.


Sabja seeds benefits:


The Sabja contains an abundant amount of fiber and provides surprising health benefits. These seeds are used to prepare several food items like milkshakes, sharbat, falooda, and other popular health drinks.  Let us see about the benefits one by one - 

  1. For weight loss:

    Sabja seeds can be used for weight management purposes. It is full of fiber that makes your stomach full and you do not feel hungry for a certain period of time. After soaking into the water, it has the ability to expand 30 times of its original size thus reducing longing for eating more.

  2. For hair:

    The seeds contain an adequate amount of vitamin K, protein, and iron. The nutrients in sabja seeds help to make hair healthy and shining. Add 1 tablespoon of sabja seeds in 1liter water

  3. Sabja seeds for acidity:

    Acidity problems are very common these days due to faulty lifestyles and wrong dietary patterns. Sabja seeds are having cooling and soothing effects on the stomach

    Method: Consider taking 1 cup water with 1 teaspoon sabja seeds.  Mix it well and have it.  It will reduce the burning sensation in your stomach

  4. Sabja seeds for diabetes treatment:

    The seeds are good in curing diabetes type 2 by lowering down the sugar in the blood. Add 1 tablespoon of sabja seeds in 1liter water.

  5.  Relieves constipation:

    The soaked Sabja seeds are helpful in cleansing the inner stomach.  Aid easy bowel movement and flushing of toxins from the stomach.

  6.  Acts as coolant:

    Sabja seeds do lower body heat that is why it is used in summers as a coolant.  such as nimbu pani, coconut water without malai, coriander and jeera water, Jamun juice, Kairi panha, kokum, jaljeera, and vegan buttermilk.

  7. Nutritional values:

    The seeds contain many phytochemicals and polyphenolic flavonoids like Orientin, Vicenin, and other antioxidants. It contains 42% carbohydrate, 25% fat, and 20% protein. The leaves are rich in essential oils like eugenol, citronellol, limonene, citral, and terpineol. It contains vitamin A, vitamin K, lutein, beta carotene, zeaxanthin. It also contains important minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, folates, and magnesium.

 FFD advice -For best results consume sabja seeds with lemon water or kokum sharbat.

What are the side effects of sabja seeds?

The old aged people and children may face problems of choking so they should avoid taking it. Consuming them can lower down the level of estrogen, hence pregnant ladies should avoid them.  Excess intake may lead to stomach problems.

By going through the above benefits and sabja seeds side effects one can easily understand that sabja seeds can play a big role in becoming healthy.  Not only that they are extremely helpful in diabetes also. They come in the small packets but are very effective! Do include sabja seeds




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