Lotus Seed/ Fox nut or Makhana is low in fat and high in carbohydrates which makes it nutritionally distinct from other nuts. These nuts are rich in protein, carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. All these nutrients have given Makhana a reputed position in Indian recipe especially during fasting. This fully organic non-cereal food is normally grown in stagnant water and is better than dry fruits like almonds, walnuts, coconut and cashews in terms of sugar, protein, ascorbic acid and phenol content. A balanced intake of Makhana regulates blood pressure, relieves numbness, and helps respiratory system, veins and digestion. It also contains 12% of protein, thus adding to its benefits, especially for vegetarians.
Let’s know more about health benefits of Makhana:
- It helps in cardiac protection.
- Good for digestion, irrespective of age. It gives relief from diarrhea and improves appetite.
- 25 grams of Makhana per day is enough for a family to fulfill nutritional requirements.
- It is good for the treatment of insomnia, palpitations, irritability.