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Top 8 health benefits of khus khus or poppy seeds

If you thought poppy seeds only add flavour to food here are some facts for you -- the 8 health benefits of poppy seeds.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Updated : September 25, 2014 3:01 PM IST

Health benefits of poppy seeds or khus khusPoppy seeds, known as khus khus in Hindi, contain good amounts of minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. These black seeds are rich in dietary fibre and essential fatty acids, which play a key role in maintaining overall health. Commonly used to add flavour to cereal or for healthy salad dressing, poppy seeds are known to provide myriad health benefits. Here are some of them.

Prevent mouth ulcers

In Ayurveda it is believed that mouth ulcers can be caused due to too much heat in the body. But consuming poppy seeds, which are known to have cooling effect on the body, helps in relieving mouth ulcers naturally. Mix some sugar to crushed khus khus seeds and consume this mixture for instant relief from ulcers.

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Relieve constipation

Poppy seeds contain a lot of dietary fibre that not only add bulk to your food, but also helps in ease constipation. In addition to preventing constipation, these seeds also help you feel full for a longer time. To use poppy seeds as a remedy, have some crushed poppy seeds just before your meals or add it to your dish.

Induce sleep

In case you suffer from insomnia or fatigue, the milk extract of poppy seeds mixed with sugar is a great way to combat sleep problems. Poppy seeds are packed with a number of compounds that help in the production of neurotransmitters, thereby helping your brain function optimally.

Improve heart health

Poppy seeds are good source of essential fatty acids like linoliec acids that lower blood cholesterol levels in the body. Add few poppy seeds to your food to improve your heart health and also prevent various complications like heart disease and heart attacks.

Prevent bone damage

Calcium, along with phosphorus, plays a significant role in improving your bone health. Poppy seeds also contain manganese which is known to help in collagen (protein that protects the bones from damaging) production. Apply a paste made from khus khus seeds to get quick relief from joint pain and swelling.

Combat skin infections

Poppy seeds are known to be an effective natural remedy for skin infections like dry itch and skin rashes. These seeds contain anti-inflammatory compounds that play a key role in combating skin infections. If you suffer from any of these conditions, you can use this remedy. Make a thick paste of poppy seeds by adding few drops of fresh lime juice. Rub this paste over the affected area to get rid of skin infections like burning sensation or itching of the skin.

Enhance brain function

Calcium, iron and copper are three minerals which are found in poppy seeds. These minerals help in the regulation of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) and improve brain function and the normal growth and development of neurons (nerve cells of the brain).

Boost immunity

A common cause of impaired immune system is deficiency of zinc in the body. Consuming poppy seeds, which are rich in zinc, helps in strengthening the immune system. These seeds also enhance production of immune cells which in turn boost your immunity.

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