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Benefits of Makhana And Its Side Effects

In India, these Lotus seeds are commonly referred to as Makhana. Usually people consume it during their fasts or even use it as an ingredient in Indian cuisines or sweet dishes. However, not many people are aware of its health benefits and nutritional value. It is a recommended dietary supplement and is easily available in the market. You can find it in any grocery store and has a very good shelf life and therefore can be stored for a long time in an air-tight container. Just ensure that you keep it away from direct sunlight and moisture. These seeds can be consumed raw or cooked depending on the taste. Apart from being a nutritious snack, it can also be used as medicine as it was being used in the medieval times. The essential micronutrients found in lotus seeds are of vast importance to the human body.

Benefits of Makhana And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Makhana
Nutritional Value of Makhana
Health Benefits of Makhana
Anti-ageing
Healthy protein
Low glycemic index
Heart diseases
Weight loss
Alternative medicine
Insomnia
Diabetes
Diarrhea
Enhance Sexual Performance
Beneficial for blood pressure
Arthritis
Uses of Makhana
Side-Effects & Allergies of Makhana
Origin And Cultivation of Makhana

Makhana

Makhana is known by many names. Lotus Seeds, Fox Nut, Euryale Ferox, Gorgon nut etc. These seeds are basically from the plant that falls in the Nelumbo genus. These seeds are of great value in the Asian medicine and cuisine. These seeds are commonly shelled, dried and then sold in the market. These lotus seeds are found commercially and in brown peel or white categories. The brown peel lotus seed is reaped once the head of the kernel of lotus is nearly or fully ripe, however, the white kind of lotus seed is reaped when the kernel head is fully green but has fully developed seeds. The seeds and the skin of the white lotus seed are always removed. The brown peel Lotus seeds are brownish in color as the fully developed seeds have adhered to the skin making it gross brown. These are very hard and can only be separated by splitting the seeds in half.

Nutritional Value of Makhana

Lotus seeds are low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. They are an extremely good source of manganese, potassium, magnesium, thiamin, protein and phosphorus. 100 grams of lotus seed will give you 350 calories, which means about 65 grams of carbs, 18 grams protein, and 1.9 to 2.5 grams of fat. The remaining is made up of water, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and calcium. These are high in fiber, which helps maintaining the excretory tract in proper order. It helps to eliminate all the spleen from the body and keeps it clean from the unnecessary cholesterol, therefore, maintaining the body’s cholesterol level. The potassium content is a great advantage for heart as it reduces the risk of heat stroke and hypertension. It is helpful in flushing out excess water and sodium from the body. It is of a great help in case there are muscle contractions, which can lead to cramps. The thiamine content in lotus seeds are helpful in sustaining the healthy cognitive functions of the nerves. Lotus seed intake helps in the generation of Acetylcholine which is required for the purpose of neurotransmission.

Health Benefits of Makhana

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Makhana
Health Benefits of Makhana

Anti-ageing

The first and foremost advantage of consuming lotus seeds is that it acts as an anti-aging agent. The enzymes that exist in these Lotus seeds are expected to obstruct the aging process. The enzymes that assist in fixing and preserving the impaired proteins are found in the lotus seed in high quantity

Healthy protein

Lotus seeds are known as a great source of protein which is extremely beneficial to the body. Doctors even recommend the intake of lotus seeds to combat protein deficiency in the bod

Low glycemic index

Lotus seed’s excellent property is that it is low on GI, so it will slowly and gradually release the energy levels to your body so that you remain energetic throughout the day. It will keep away stress and keep your mind hale and healthy

Heart diseases

Lotus seed contains an abundant amount of magnesium which is the highest channel blocker and significantly improves the blood and oxygen. They also help in the flow of other important nutrients. Low magnesium levels can put your body to the risk of heart attacks. Its consumption leads to a dramatic change in the heart condition as the content of folate and magnesium reduce the risk of diseases linked with coronary heart diseases

Weight loss

Food items that have low glycemic index leave you feeling full and satisfied, eventually leading to weight loss

Alternative medicine

As per traditional Chinese medicine, Makhana is extremely beneficial to strengthen the kidneys and spleen. Additionally, it helps in disorders like erectile dysfunction and arthritis. It is full of antioxidant properties which aid in digestion and rejuvenates the entire respiratory system and prevents excessive and frequent urination

Insomnia

These Lotus seed have the ability to regulate and handle the unnerving condition of insomnia as it has a naturally sedative consequence

Diabetes

The metabolic disorder accompanied by high blood sugar levels is diabetes which is the result of inappropriate working of the pancreas, which discharges the insulin hormone. Lotus seed contains vital proteins and starch which is great for the health of a diabetic

Diarrhea

It is extremely helpful in getting rid of diarrhea. Lotus seeds are known to stop prolonged diarrhea since it contains a high quantity of caustic quality which if consumed, can even improve the appetite

Enhance Sexual Performance

Consuming lotus seed can enhance the sex life of men due to the increase of sperm quantity whereas in women, it greatly helps in increasing the fertility

Beneficial for blood pressure

A person suffering from hypertension, stress and blood pressure can be extremely benefitted by consuming makhana as the high potassium helps in decreasing the same

Arthritis

The high amount of calcium in Lotus seed is highly recommended for people suffering from 1

Uses of Makhana

Apart from the nutritional health benefits provided by the lotus seed there are other uses as well. It has been used as an inducing agent in cosmetic products so that the product can promote anti-aging. Additionally, lotus seeds are a common snacking item as it is low in carbohydrates, fat and sugar, which mean binging on it between the meal times, will surely not promote weight gain. You can add honey, salt, butter or any flavor of your choice. Also, it is in demand due to its excellent content of nutrients and phytonutrients. It is extensively exported from China to the world. It compensates the loss of primary nutrients required for functioning of your body. So you can snack on it freely as there is nothing you can lose. Makhana is an important constituent of an incredible curry recipe made with the stems of lotus flower. Other popular dishes include ‘Makhane ki kheer’ which is prepared in the ‘Mithila culture’ which belongs to the state of Bihar in India.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Makhana

Lotus seeds have to be consumed in moderation as the excessive consumption may lead to side effects for some people. Some of the side effects that have come to light are allergies, gastrointestinal issues, spike in insulin levels etc. There could be lotus seed allergies possible in many people, so if you feel uneasy or any other symptom, you can consult your physician and discontinue its usage for a while. People suffering from diabetes should consult their dietician and physician before consuming Lotus seed. It tends to bring down the blood sugar levels. Excessive consumption of lotus seed may lead to constipation, flatulence and bloating. So in case you are already constipated, do not consume it under any circumstances. If the patients are already on treatment, they should consult their physician before consuming lotus seeds as they are anti-arrhythmic.

Origin And Cultivation of Makhana

Lotus seeds have to be consumed in moderation as the excessive consumption may lead to side effects for some people. Some of the side effects that have come to light are allergies, gastrointestinal issues, spike in insulin levels etc. There could be lotus seed allergies possible in many people, so if you feel uneasy or any other symptom, you can consult your physician and discontinue its usage for a while. People suffering from diabetes should consult their dietician and physician before consuming Lotus seed. It tends to bring down the blood sugar levels. Excessive consumption of lotus seed may lead to constipation, flatulence and bloating. So in case you are already constipated, do not consume it under any circumstances. If the patients are already on treatment, they should consult their physician before consuming lotus seeds as they are anti-arrhythmic.

Popular Questions & Answers

Is makhani fox but good for infants from 1 to 2 years of age Is it advisable for children below 2 years.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
Some of the health benefits of makhana are: It's a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. High in fiber and low in calories, it enables weight loss.. It can be given to children

Since 5 years, I am under treatment for hypertension, taking temsan H 40 mg one tablet daily after breakfast. Can I take Tentex royal in the night one capsule per day?

MBBS, Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine , Diplomate, American Board of Cardiology , Diplomate, American Board of Interventional Cardiology , Diplomate, American Board of Endovascular Intervention
Cardiologist, Delhi
Hi,. You should get your blood pressure and labs checked before adding or changing medications. It is best to be done under the supervision of a doctor. Hope this helps. Thanks

I want heart healthy and to peace full mind and to deep sleep those are how possible to get please give some idea and food and some tips like friendly.

Vedicgram Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Noida
Take light food at night, apply oil on head and do a little head massage. Also do massage of foot. Have makhana kheer (fox nut) at night.
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Hello sir. I am 23. I want mix powder in milk means complain, horlicks,green tea etc. Which drink powder is good for health?

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Hello, Categorically,you are overweight . Including malted beverages like horlicks,bournvita will mke you gain more weight,as they are loaded with sugar. I would suggest you better avoid them.As they contribute no nutritional benefits.

Popular Health Tips

Navratri Diet Plan!

DNHE
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Surat

Navratri diet plan

  • Breakfast: dryfruit milk shake (take 4-5 almonds n 2 anjeer cut it n boil it with around 50 ml milk till soft, allow it to cool and grind it, pour 200 ml milk more, allow it to cool n drink it)
  • Mini meal: some fruits and makhana 
  • Lunch: rajgira roti n subzi with curd or chhah
  • Around 5 pm: one green tea with some peanuts 
  • Dinner: kuttu or rajgira roti n lauki subzi or you can have fruit juice or milk with dry fruits 
  • Before leaving for garba: provita power mix or one handful of dryfuits ll help you to sustain long during your garba.
  • Wish you all a joyful navratri!
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Fox Nuts (Makhana) - 12 Reasons Why You Should Eat Them!

Masters in Nutritional Therapy, Lifestyle & Weight Management, Sport Nutritions, graduation in Nutrition & Dietics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Fox Nuts (Makhana) - 12 Reasons Why You Should Eat Them!

When we think of a light evening snack, we often think of a packet of fried chips or Kurkure. However, it is time to think of something healthier, as we are already aware of the ill effects of these snacks all around us. This is where snacks like fox nuts are gaining popularity. Grown in the wetlands of Asian countries, they are also known as phool makhana (because of their flowery appearance) and lotus seeds.

They are a great snack and have multiple benefits. Read on to know about this wonderful, economical, tasty, and healthy dish.

  1. They are low in calories, fat, and sodium. They are therefore the perfect in-between-meal snack. They also make you feel full, so further cravings for binge eating are reduced
  2. Their low sodium and high potassium and magnesium content makes them very useful for people with high blood pressure
  3. The high calcium content is good for bone and teeth health
  4. Their sugar content is low, and so are highly useful for diabetics, who have the urge to eat at short intervals
  5. The fox nuts have astringent properties and are useful for kidney ailments
  6. People looking for weight loss should try makhana, as they are very low in calories but can fill the stomach. This helps control hunger pangs and intake of high-calorie foods
  7. It is rich in fiber and so can be used in weight loss as well as for digestion problems like constipation
  8. Fox nuts are rich in antioxidants and therefore useful in fighting ageing and chronic inflammation and stress in the body
  9. In both men and women, makhana is believed to improve fertility rates. The sperm quality and quantity is believed to improve when makhana is consumed
  10. Given its multiple benefits, especially calcium and iron, pregnant women are given makhana. It also helps prevent hypertension and diabetes in the pregnant mother
  11. Fox nuts are believed to help get rid of insomnia
  12. If addiction to coffee is your problem, try some fox nuts to get rid of the addiction

Methods of use:

  1. The seeds are actually tasteless and so whether it is salt or sweet, they take on the added taste
  2. Roast the seeds with a little ghee on a light flame. Sprinkle salt, and the yummy snack is good to go
  3. Other spices like cinnamon or oregano can be added to suit one’s taste
  4. They can also be used in sweet dishes like kheer and other desserts

If you are looking for a super snack that is highly healthy, economical, and has little hazards on your health, grab a bowl of fox nuts. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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मखाने के फायदे, औषधीय गुण व नुकसान - Makhana Benefits, Medicinal Uses and Side-effects in Hindi

MBBS, M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
मखाने के फायदे, औषधीय गुण व नुकसान - Makhana Benefits, Medicinal Uses and Side-effects in Hindi

मखना,  जिसे  फॉक्स-नट  या  कमल का  बीज  भी कहा  जाता  है,  ईरियल  फॉक्स  नामक  पौधे  से  आता  है  जो  पूर्वी  एशिया  के  झीलों  या  तालाबों  के  स्थिर  पानी  में  उगता  है। वे प्राचीन काल से चीनी दवा में इस्तेमाल किया गया है और आयुर्वेद के विज्ञान में एक महत्वपूर्ण स्थान भी पाता है। धूप में सुखाये हुए कमल के बीज कई चीनी लोग पसंदीदा स्नैक आइटम के रूप में खपत करते हैं। भारत में यह नवरात्रों और अन्य अवसरों के दौरान तैयार किए जाने वाला एक लोकप्रिय 'उपवास' पकवान है।

मखाने के लाभ        
इसका स्वास्थ्य लाभ सूखे फल जैसे कि बादाम और अखरोट से बेहतर होता है। मख़ानों के कुछ स्वास्थ्य लाभ निम्न हैं:
1. रक्तचाप के लिए:
उच्च पोटेशियम और कम सोडियम के कारण यह उच्च रक्तचाप वाले व्यक्ति के लिए अच्छा है। यह मानव शरीर के सही रक्तचाप के स्तर को बनाए रखने, स्थिर करने और यहां तक कि सुसंगत करने में भी अच्छे हैं।
2. दिल के लिए:
कमल के बीज में प्रचुर मात्रा में मैग्नीशियम होता है। मैग्नीशियम रक्त, ऑक्सीजन और अन्य पोषक तत्वों के प्रवाह को बेहतर बनाता है। मैग्नीशियम और फोलेट की पोषण संबंधी सामग्री कोरोनरी हृदय रोगों और अन्य हृदय संबंधी स्थितियों से जुड़े जोखिम को कम करती है।
3. वजन घटाने के लिए:
इसमें उच्च फाइबर और कम वसा है। इसके अलावा, चूंकि कमल के बीजों को ग्लिसेमिक इंडेक्स में कम माना जाता है, इसलिए यह आपको पूर्ण होने की भावना देते है और यहां तक कि वजन घटाने मे भी मदद करते है।
4. अनिद्रा के लिए:
इसमें स्वाभाविक रूप से शामक प्रभाव के कारण इसमें अनिद्रा की अयोग्य स्थिति को संभालने और नियंत्रित करने की क्षमता है।
5. एंटी एजिंग:
इसमें मौजूद एल-आयोस्पैर्टिल मेथिलट्रांसफेरेज शरीर के भीतर क्षतिग्रस्त प्रोटीन की मरम्मत और बनाए रखने में मदद करता है।
6. नपुंसकता से बचने के लिए:
यह पुरुषों में शुक्राणुओं की संख्या और महिलाओं में प्रजनन क्षमता बढ़ाने में मदद करता है। 
7. दुर्बलता के लिए:
कुछ अनुसंधानों के मुताबिक इन्हे सामान्य दुर्बलता दोष के लिए एक अच्छा उपाय माना जाता है।
8. शांतिकारी प्रभाव:
मखाने का सुखदायक प्रभाव होता है और एंटीस्पास्मोडिक होते हैं, इसलिए आपकी नसों को बेहतर आराम मिलता है और आपको बेहतर नींद मिलती है।
9. गुर्दा के लिए अच्छा है:
यह शरीर में रक्त नियमन में सुधार के द्वारा गुर्दा की समस्या के जोखिम को कम करने में भी मदद करता है।
10. रोगजनक गर्मी के लिए:
अनुसंधान से साबित हुआ है कि यह दिल की शीतलन प्रक्रिया में मदद करता है और इससे उत्पन्न रोगजनक गर्मी को कम कर देता है।
11. सूजन रोकें:
कमल का बीज फ्लोवानोइड्स में बहुत समृद्ध है; एक प्राकृतिक रसायन जो जोखिम को कम करने और सूजन को रोकने में मदद कर सकता है।
12. प्रोटीन में उच्च:
इसमें उच्च मात्रा में प्रोटीन होता है और ग्लूटेन मुक्त होता है इसलिए यह नियमित व्यायाम करने के लिए एक उत्कृष्ट नाश्ता है।
13. मसूढ़ों के लिए:
मख़ानो की नियमित खपत धीरे-धीरे आपके मसूड़ों की समस्याओं को ठीक करती है। यह मुंह में दर्द को ठीक करने में भी मदद करता है।

मखाने के दुष्प्रभाव:
1. एलर्जी:
कमल के बीज एलर्जी प्रतिक्रिया पैदा कर सकता है। इसलिए यदि आप कोई लक्षण देखते हैं, तो अपने चिकित्सक से परामर्श करें।
2. अंतिररदमिक:
यदि आप पहले से ही इलाज करा रहे हैं, तो मखाने क सेवन से पहले चिकित्सक से परामर्श करें।
3. रक्त शर्करा:
मधुमेह रोगी जो पहले से ही इंसुलिन पर हैं, उन्हें सेवन से पहले चिकित्सक से परामर्श करना चाहिए, क्योंकि यह रक्त में शर्करा के स्तर को कम करने का प्रयास करता है।

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Lose Weight: The Healthy Way These Navratras

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Chandigarh
Lose Weight: The Healthy Way These Navratras

Lose Weight with healthy <a href='https://www.lybrate.com/treatment-for-healthy-diet' target='_blank'>diet</a>Navratras are believed to be the most powerful and auspicious days in the Hindu religion. In order to empower oneself with the blessings of Devi Durga, devotees stick to certain strict fasting & yet feasting rules for full length of 9 days period. I consider them to be the best time to purify & detoxify the body as well as the soul.

This article may help you in understanding the real benefits that can be derived by your body by following the healthy dietary options. Also, to get aware about the positivity of Navratri days on health, as well as life. Thus, eradicating the mood-forced concept of adding extra kilos at the end of 9 days period.

‘Navratri Diet’ For Keeping Watch Over Weight

If a good less fat diet, with least frying method is preferred, then the NAVRATRI days could be called as CLEAN-DETOX diet days. This regimen of eating can surely be the best way achieve health in Navratras.

An example for diet plan (1100-1200 kcal):

Morning:   Milk (1 cup)  + Soaked almond (6 nos.)
OR
Milk and Fruit Shake and 50 g paneer

Mid-day:   Fruit Yogurt (1 Katori) OR Vegetable and Fruit Chat

Lunch:       Buckwheat Rotis – 2/Swank Rice + Ghiya vegetable  + 1K Curd

Evening:   Tea – 1 cup
Roasted makhana – A fistful

Dinner:      Sabudana chaat – 1 bowl
OR
Makhane Chat
OR
Fruit Chat

Before retiring – 1 Milk -1 cup (without sugar).

IMPORTANT: Do Keep Yourself Hydrated With Lemonade, Coconut Water, Or Plain Water.

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Happy Fasting and Healthy Feasting this Navratra!

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Dietitian/Nutritionist, Panchkula
Happy Fasting and Healthy Feasting this Navratra!

Navratras are celebrated to worship the divine mother through meditation, prayers and chanting. It is not just a religious practice, but a spiritual one too. It coincides, twice a year, with the changing seasons and is a process of rejuvenating our body and mind. This reflects in the foods that are supposed to be consumed during Navratri fasting. Why is that we fast and that certain foods are shunned during the festival while some are encouraged and embraced wholeheartedly? Here we try to deconstruct some aspects related to food and fasting during the festival.

Fasting is an integral part of Navratri, which helps to cleanse our body and rekindle the digestive fires. It gives our digestive system the much-needed rest from the constant overloaded eating habits. We can use this as an opportunity to detoxify our body and break away from the regular dietary pattern.

Traditionally, Navratri foods are wholesome and high on nutrition. Kuttu (buckwheat), which we have been having for ages is being hailed as the new superfood! Along with kuttu, sabudana (tapioca pearls), singhada (water chestnut) and amaranth (rajgiri) are widely used and help bridge the gap created by the absence of wheat and rice. Most of the navratri flours are packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which makes them an ideal substitute for heavy gluten rich grains.

Focus during Navratri should be on foods that are nutrient rich, but still light on our stomach, in keeping with saatvic (pure, simple and fresh) principles. Thus, fruits, juices, dairy products and their preparations are stressed upon. However, when we consume food during this period, we tend to overindulge. We have distorted the cooking techniques such that we load ourselves with fried, high fat foods. This, instead of making our body feel light, tends to bloat it up.

We has put together these simple techniques that one may follow this Navratri, to make the best out of fasting foods:

  1. Cooking technique: The key to unlocking the nutritional value of food is to cook right- instead of making the usual fried paranthas and pooris, try and make rotis, Kuttu dosas, chilla or pancakes. One can have them with the nourishing Kuttu ki Kadhi. Let’s get innovative and try something new! 
  2. Healthy Snacking: One can easily replace fried chips and namkeens with makhanas that can be roasted at home and seasoned with rock salt, black pepper, chili flakes, etc. to one’s liking. We can also help ourselves to baked potatoes, instead of fried ones. We have also put together a Navratra salad for healthy snacking. To satiate our need for a dessert during fasting try making the pumpkin kheer. These are the small changes that could go a long way to achieving the desired result of cleansing our bodies.
  3. Keep Hydrated: Kuttu and amaranth being rich in protein need good amount of water for proper digestion. Therefore, it is imperative that we increase our liquid intake for proper elimination of toxins during the process of cleansing. Fruits like water melons, melon, grapes, pomegranates or oranges have high water content. So, try to add 3 different colours of fruits, through the day, to keep you hydrated. Fresh coconut water will also help to keep the ions in balance make us feel light. We also suggest making the bottle gourd punch.
  4. Conscious Fasting: Navratri not being a rigid fast, people tend to follow it differently. The fast could be only on fruits, liquids, once a day grain or varied. We should take into account our health and lifestyle while deciding on the type/ form of fasting. Special care should be taken by people with health issues like diabetes, hypertension and conditions like pregnancy and lactation.

So, hopefully, armed with the science behind Navratri foods, you would be making better informed choices. This Navratri let us leave the unhealthy cooking habits behind and ensure that food that we eat is tasty and healthy too. Happy Fasting and Healthy Feasting!

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Table of Content

Makhana
Nutritional Value of Makhana
Health Benefits of Makhana
Anti-ageing
Healthy protein
Low glycemic index
Heart diseases
Weight loss
Alternative medicine
Insomnia
Diabetes
Diarrhea
Enhance Sexual Performance
Beneficial for blood pressure
Arthritis
Uses of Makhana
Side-Effects & Allergies of Makhana
Origin And Cultivation of Makhana