Various benefits have been attributed to tukmaria seeds, when consumed regularly as part of a balanced diet. Among the numerous effects, those can be highlighted:
1. The mucilaginous gel that forms around the seeds when they are soaked acts as an emollient, which soothes mucous membranes. It can be used to relieve constipation and diarrhea.
2. The seeds can act as an appetite supressant during weight loss programs, when eaten (or drunk) before meals. Since they are very nutritious and poor in calories, they contribute to minimise the possibility of nutritional deficiency even under low calories intake.
3. Like chia seeds, which also form a gel when soaked, it is believed that tukmaria seeds slow down the body process of converting carbohydrates into sugars, also contributing to weight loss and apettite. That accounts for the feeling of fullness lasting longer and can be useful for both weight loss and diabetes.
Other reputed benefits of regular tukmaria seeds intake are a more active digestion, body purifying process by way of removal of toxins from the gut, and the ability to help preventing heart conditions by lowering cholesterol levels.
They can also help curing respiratory diseases and relieving stress. They have also been indicated as good for treatment of skin infections.
Thus, tukmaria seeds are an excellent and inexpensive addition to a balanced diet.
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