6 health benefits of 'tukh malanga'

Published: June 11, 2017
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Many of us these days are unaware of the uses, nutritional facts and medicinal value of basil seeds. Whenever you get time, especially in the summer season, ask your grandmother about the importance of this nutrient-rich food, popularly known as tukh malanga.

Mix a handful with chilled faluda, limo pani, Rooh Afza or water, and it will surely keep you refreshed, rehydrated and refuelled.

Compiled from Beauty Glimpse, here is a list of six health benefits of basil seeds that we guarantee will attract you towards this long-forgotten food.

1. Packed with nutrition
Adding basil seeds to your regular diet will help regain all the lost carbohydrates, proteins, fats, sugar, dietary fibres, vitamins and minerals. Tukh malanga regulates your bodily functions and keeps you from a number of ailments.

2. Helps in digestion
Scientists have proven that basil seeds have excellent carminative effects because they contain a very high level of insoluble dietary fibres. They serve the purpose of a natural detoxifying agent, which cleanse out the entire gastrointestinal tract efficiently. As the stomach becomes toxin-free, the process of digestion turns easier and the chances of developing various digestive issues such as an upset stomach, cramps, indigestion and flatulence also go down.

3. Cures constipation
Being rich in insoluble dietary fibres, tukh malanga can reduce constipation to a great extent or even cure it completely. All you need to do is to soak a handful of the seeds in a glass of milk and drink it every night before going to bed. It will make bowel movements smoother, thereby relieving constipation.

4. Heals acidity and stomach burn
Such seeds are very soothing for our gastrointestinal tract, especially the stomach. If you feel an acute burning sensation in your abdomen, you should consume some basil seeds. Give it one week and you will definitely see a difference!

5. Regulates body heat
When it comes to keeping our body cool during scorching summer days, tukh malanga can be a true rescuer. It has great cooling properties and is used as an effective body coolant. Just submerge a handful of fresh basil seeds in a glass of cold water and drink it after an hour or so.

6. Reduces stress
These seeds are one of the best natural stress busters. As mentioned earlier, they have wonderful calming effects on our body, which are to some extent similar to aromatherapy. Therefore, incorporating these seeds in your daily food actually means reduced stress levels, increased mental clarity, improved mental strength and uplifted mood.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • NK
    Jun 11, 2017 - 9:54PM

    Tukham is ‘seed’ in Urdu and Farsi… It is not Tukh..,Recommend

  • Ijaz Ahmad RAO
    Jun 12, 2017 - 9:32AM

    Dear Sir/ Madam

    Benefits of Tukhm e Balanga or Chia Seed:

    It is consider as super seed and contains Vit-B17 and Omega-3 etc, so people already taking heart medicine or other must consult their doctor, secondly its helps to reduce weight,cholesterol, sugar level and blood pressure so people with under weight, low blood pressure, etc must consult their doctor. Similarly under age 12 not recommended. Regards Recommend

  • Imran Butt
    Jun 12, 2017 - 11:03AM

    I believe the writer is wring when he says a “handful”. That is just way too much seed for one personRecommend

  • illpopo
    Jun 12, 2017 - 11:58AM

    Highly recommended, try it with mango slush!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 12, 2017 - 1:06PM

    @Ijaz Ahmad RAO:
    If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.Recommend

  • Ijaz Ahmad RAO
    Jun 12, 2017 - 3:42PM

    @Haji Atiya:

    I am already taking it; please note daily dose / 1-1.5 table spoon of it, In the first few days you may have loose motion like diarrhea. Drink 1-2 L of water if you find hard to drink it pl mix it with home made lemon drink, falsa drink, yogurt etc I even add 1 to 2 sliced dates instead of any sugar in it. In case any one has ulcer than ask your doctor, best time I found 2-3 hours before meal but avoid taking in the evening if you go to sleep early like 9-10 PM; I found it amazing improvement in my health after 2-3 weeks. Recommend

  • Muhibullah
    Jun 12, 2017 - 3:48PM

    @Ijaz Ahmad RAO:
    Tukhm-e-Balanga look similar to Chia seeds and behave similar to them in water but the later is from a South American speciesRecommend

  • Ijaz Ahmad RAO
    Jun 12, 2017 - 5:45PM

    @Haji Atiya:

    Correction: note daily dose / 1-1.5 Tea spoon NOT table spoon of Tukhm-e-Balanga seeds / Chia seeds, please Soak it in water for at least 30 minutes. sorry for typo error Recommend

  • Ijaz Ahmad RAO
    Jun 12, 2017 - 5:48PM

    @Muhibullah:

    I found it very amazing; Niaz-boo or Tulsi seeds behave like Chia seeds or Balanga but different in shape and benefits. Recommend

  • Mohammad Khalid
    Jun 13, 2017 - 11:49AM

    @NK: Thanks for an attempt to correct the word ‘Tukhm’.Recommend

  • Trollslayer
    Jun 14, 2017 - 3:43AM

    The correct term would be danah/seed for plants and tukhm for animals, as in tukhm e murgh. Recommend

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