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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
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
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.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

350 Calories
0.1g Total Fat
77g Total Carbohydrate
9.7g Protein

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, Alappuzha
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
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I have gained 7 kgs of weight in last 2 years. I have increased my physical activities like walking running cycling etch to 45 mins daily. Still I am unable to shed weight from childhood I have cravings for sweet and junk food in the evening. I can't stop myself from having junk food in the evening. Suggest dry which mitigates this tendency and I eat healthy food and thereby reduce weight.

MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Hi, Thank you for your query. We will be happy to help you. It is important that you curb your cravings and do not give in to them. If you crave sweets, curb these cravings with a fruit. Stack your kitchen cabinets with healthy food items such as dry fruits, nuts, seeds, fruits etc. And not with packaged food items. So, next time you have cravings, eat one of these healthy foods. Have healthy snacks such as sprouts, fruits, nuts and seeds, makhana etc. In the evening. Stay hydrated; drink at least 3 litres of water daily. Have 4 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Along with it, keep your exercise schedule the same. We are here to guide you. For a detailed and customized diet plan, feel free to leave a message. Eat healthy, stay healthy. Regards.

How to increase stamina during sex Also which medicines you advice me to take during sex.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gwalior
Daily milk with makhana use and junk and spicy food avoid herbal medicine sexual pack available for best result. If you want more better treatment than you can take online consultation.
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I do decent amount of physical work as I am into Civil construction so have regular site visits. But I also travel a lot so it's difficult for me to maintain a similar schedule on a daily basis. Also I have to eat outside. Can you suggest me a diet plan & physical activity which can help me maintain my health.

B.Sc - Dietitics/Nutrition, Post Graduate Diploma In Dietetics & Public Health Nutrition, M.Sc Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Meerut
Hii. For the people who are in a field job, pre planning is the most important thing. To avoid eating out the unhealthy snacks, we can always carry one time meal with us. Also some healthy snacks such as nuts, fruits, bhuna chana, roasted makhana, etc. These kind of snacks helps you in avoiding the unhealthy meals outside. Also consulting privately with all the details regarding your health and routine will help you a lot in getting a personalized diet plan.
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Popular Health Tips

Food Items We Think Are Healthy But They Aren't

Diploma In Dietetics,Health & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi

" Healthy food" -As the label says and people buy the packet. 

Are these foods actually good as we imagine they will be?

Here is a list of food items we think are healthy but ther aren't. 

1. Vegetable oils: generally marketed as heart healthy, but experts say they are worst for cooking. They have unnatural levels of pufa n omega-6 fatty acids along with chemical additives therby causing infertility, hormonal trouble, obesity, heart, liver n kidney damage. One must consume kachchi ghani mustard oil, coconut oil or homemade desi ghee in limited amount or as suggested by dietician. 

2. Artificial sweeteners: or sugarfree: are extremely unhealthy. Some contain aspartame known to induce cancer. Instead one can use honey, stevia or jaggery

3. Breakfast cereals: like cornflakes, wheatflakes, meusli etc. They have high sugar content, processed grains, additives n sodium salts. One must consume a good homemade breakfast to start your day with like poha, parathas, upma, cheela, omlette etc that has good nutritional value and give satiety too. 

4. Baked chips or namkeens: as the packet says fat free or 90% less fat, but experts say they have equal calorie content as fried chips or namkeens. So one must choose roasted seeds, chana, murmura, makhana and nuts for munching. 

5. Bottled ice tea: it contains a lot of sugar and no antioxidant of which tea is an excellent source, means primary reason to drink tea is missing. 
Plain water, lemon water, coconut water or fresh juice are better options. 

6. Microwaved popcorn: these have 3 times more calories as compared to regular popcorn. While making on stove we can adjust butter, oil or salt content. 

7. Frozen packaged meat: it contains potentially dangerous chemicals to help it last longer. Frozen meat loses its nutritional value.

We need to choose wisely when trying to buy healthy food from market.

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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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Diet For Diabetics!

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Diet For Diabetics!

A diabetic patient can have:

Early morning: fresh coconut water / lemon water

Breakfast: 

Mid morning: fruit (no salt)

Lunch: salad (no salt) 2 multi grain chapatti, dal, seasonal vegetable

Evening: tea / coffee / green tea

Pre dinner: fruit (no salt)

Dinner: salad (no salt)

  •  2 multi grain chapatti
  • Seasonal vegetable
  •  Curd
  • Bed time: milk + haldi

Food to have:

  • Single toned milk  its products - 500 ml / day
  • Multigrain atta - (7kg wheat atta + 2kg black chana atta + 1 kg wheat bran)
  • Prefer mustard oil as a medium for cooking around 3 - 4tsp / day
  • Have 2 - 3 servings of fruits at least in a day
  • Restrict salt intake to about 3 grams / day

Food to avoid:

  • Deep fried foods
  • Junk foods
  • Full cream milk, cream, butter, ghee
  • Processed cheese, khoa
  • Sugar, sugar free, jam, honey, gur
  • Sweets, mithai, puddings, cakes, pastries, chocolates, ice cream etc
  • Cold drinks, rasna, roohafza, tang, sherbet etc
  • Bournvita, horlicks, boost etc
  • Cornflakes, tomato ketchup -
  • Maida and its products including bread
  • Biscuits, chips, kurkure, namkeen, bhujia, rusk etc
  • Packaged food products e. G. Packaged juices, packet soups, ketchup etc
  • Different sauces like soya sauce, chilli sauce etc
  • Achar, chutney, papad and other accompaniments
  • Vegetables like aloo, arbi, yam, zimikand etc
  • Starchy foods like sago, makhana etc
  • Alcohol
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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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Table of Content

Makhana
Nutritional Value of Makhana
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
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