Mahabeera Ginjalu is a variety of Basil (Tulsi) Seeds and is a native to India, Sri Lanka, and North-eastern parts of Africa. This type of Basil usually grows in dry areas that are exposed to sun. It’s rich in dietary fibres, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Iron & Antioxidants. It is used for its well-known benefits in weight management, visible biological age reduction, immunity, diabetes control etc. When soaked in water, it has the ability to puff up 30 times of its original size. These soft puffy seeds will then be richer in fibre and can sustain hunger when consumed thus. It is also very effective as a body coolant and helps relieve irritation stemming from excessive body heat.
Mahabeera Ginjalu is referred to in the many languages across India as follows:
- Botanical Name: Ocimum Gratissum
- Kannada: Vana Tulasi
- Hindi: Mahabeer ke beej
- Telugu: Mahabeera Vithanalu
Uses of Mahabeera Ginjalu
Mahabeera Ginjalu uses and benefits go beyond what is listed below. It is known to be effective for knee/joint pains and weight loss and a host of other benefits too such as:
- Good for treating skin problems like psoriasis, eczema, etc.
- Mahabeera seeds reduce acidity/burning sensation.
- Good for diabetes treatment.
- Mahabeera seeds eases constipation by ensuring easy bowel movement.
- Flushes out toxins from the stomach.
Mahabeera Ginjalu is known to help with hair loss since it is rich in Vitamin K and Iron, which not only arrest the hair fall but also promote growth of healthy hair follicles. Since it is rich in Vitamin A, Antioxidants and flavonoids, it reduces oxidative stress thus helping people suffering with Diabetes and related oxidative stress and reduces their biological age by considerable levels.
Nutritional Value of Mahabeera Seeds
Mahabeera Ginjalu seeds contain many phyto-chemicals and polyphenol flavonoids like Orientin, and other antioxidants. It contains beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin A and vitamin K. It also contains important minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, calcium, folates, and magnesium.
Directions to Use:
These are some ways in which Mahabeera Ginjalu seeds are commonly used:
- Soak the seeds in a glass of water for a few hours and drink the concoction
- Soak a teaspoon of Mahabeera Ginjalu seeds in 1 glass or 200 ml of hot water for 30 minutes and then use the soft and puffed seeds in whatever preparation you may choose like: Flavoured milk, fruit salads or falooda.
- Soak 4 to 6 gm of Mahabeera seeds in water overnight and consume next day morning
At mymillets, we also have other seeds for healthy consumption and snacking. They are
- Flax seeds
- Sabja seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Watermelon Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Muskmelon Seeds
- Kalonji or Nigella Seeds
Note: Mahabeera Ginjalu is best avoided by pregnant women as it increases oestrogen production and also with people suffering from Thyroid as it is known to cause a fluctuation in hormone levels that is not good for thyroid levels.