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Lotus – A precious flower with great uses

As we all know lotus is a beautiful and precious flower. Lotus has been chosen as the national flower of Vietnam not only because of its beauty, its proximity to the Vietnamese people but also because of its magical uses.

Lotus seeds are both a precious medicine in traditional medicine and a nutritious food. This medicinal herb has the ability to reduce insomnia, improve physical weakness, enhance memory, etc. The following article will introduce some of the health benefits of lotus seeds:

Effective anti-inflammatory

Lotus seeds are rich in kaempferol, a natural flavonoid that is useful in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-infective properties. Scientists have proven that these substances have anti-inflammatory properties, speed up wound healing, and can effectively treat mouth sores and ulcers. Therefore, people often use lotus seeds to supplement women after giving birth so that incisions and perineal incisions heal quickly.


Treatment of insomnia

In folklore, there are many ways to treat insomnia, in which using lotus seeds to drink or eat is an extremely effective remedy. Lotus seeds have glucoside and alkaline substances to help sedation and sleep. Moreover, if you eat lotus seeds in the evening, it will promote the body to produce insulin, thereby causing the body to quickly fall asleep.

In addition to lotus seeds, lotus heart (heart) also cures insomnia very effectively. It is using lotus heart to make tea.

Supplement for pregnant women and babies

Lotus seeds are one of the good sources of protein that helps in the development of the nervous system and brain of the fetus. Many doctors recommend that pregnant women take lotus seeds for a healthy pregnancy because it provides a rich source of energy as well as rich vitamins and minerals.

In 100g of fresh lotus provides up to 162gr of calories, 30gr of glucide, 9.5gr of protit and a variety of vitamins of group A, C… to help with pregnancy and prevent miscarriage; It also helps to stimulate the brain development of the fetus. Therefore, during pregnancy, pregnant women should supplement this food for the comprehensive development of the fetus.

Skin beauty

The effect of lotus seeds is also outstanding in keeping the skin smooth and healthy for women. Lotus seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, reduce sebum, unclog pores and prevent acne from forming.

Lotus seeds also contain many carbohydrates, lipids, calcium, phosphorus and vitamins that effectively exfoliate the skin and circulate blood to help whiten and smooth skin. In addition, it also contains an enzyme called L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase that helps restore damage under the skin, making the skin healthy and beautiful. Besides, lotus seeds are very good at clearing heat, so if used regularly, it will effectively prevent pimples.


Against aging

Besides the ability to beautify the skin, the enzyme L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase also has many effects on slowing down the aging process for the skin and inside the body through the repair of damaged proteins. Therefore, since ancient times, when there were no skin creams, people often used lotus seeds to make beauty dishes, improve longevity and preserve youthful features.

Regulate cholesterol and blood sugar

Many nutrition studies have shown that lotus seeds are low in calories and high in fiber. Fiber has the ability to reduce high blood sugar levels, helping to regulate the blood sugar index. This is also the reason why people with diabetes should consume lotus seeds at least 3 times a week. The minerals found in seeds such as iron, manganese, and magnesium are also important minerals that help reduce factors that contribute to type II diabetes.

In addition, the fiber and complex carbohydrates in lotus seeds also contribute to the neutralization of cholesterol in the blood, helping to stabilize and prevent many complications and cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, blood lipids… Alkaloids antispasmodic and isoquinoline present in them. Lotus center helps to widen blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.

Improve the digestive system

Due to current eating habits, the number of people suffering from gastrointestinal diseases such as gastritis/ulcer, diarrhea, indigestion… is increasing. Due to the many beneficial effects in medicine, lotus seeds are used as a home remedy to relieve digestive problems. Lotus seeds have antioxidants that have an effective anti-inflammatory effect. To prevent and reduce symptoms of stomach disease, you can use roasted lotus seeds to help overcome this problem.


Fast power supply

Lotus seeds provide a rich source of protein, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, so they can be used as an ideal and healthy snack for you. If in a state of hunger, you can use a small handful of lotus seeds to fight hunger because it will provide instant energy so that your body can function and fight low blood pressure. They act as an instant energy booster, not only providing an abundant source of energy but also delicious and healthy. Lotus seeds are also easy to digest, suitable for all ages, including the elderly and children. This is also a food that is recommended by nutritionists to treat abnormal appetite in children.

Protect the urinary tract

The effect of lotus seeds on health is also shown in the excretion of melamine, especially a compound called palmitic acid methyl ester, through the melanogenesis mechanism to help the urinary tract clear, without sediment. The enzymes found in lotus seeds are said to reduce urinary tract infections and facilitate excretion, protect the urinary tract, and reduce the risk of dangerous diseases.

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