Lotus seed, also known as Lotus Nuts, scientific Name is Nelumbo nucifera，originated in India.
Lotus seeds are inside the seedpods. Each pod contains an average of 20 seeds. The lotus seed shell turns quite hard when dry.
Under favorable circumstances lotus seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China.
Lotus seed is the fruit of the lotus flower obtained through cultivation of lotus root. Although the lotus seed itself has reproductive ability, but it is easy to cause variation in species, therefore, lotus root cultivation does not use lotus seeds as seeds, and use the original species lotus root to reproduce asexually.
Nutritional value of Lotus Seed
The protein, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium in lotus seeds are very rich. At the same time, they are rich in multiplex vitamins, trace elements, and Multiple material such as nuciferine, and hyperin. not only can form bone and tooth components, also coagulation blood, activates enzymes, maintains nerve conduction, calms nerves, maintains muscle tone and heart rhythm. Rich phosphorus is a major component of cell nuclear protein, which helps the body to carry out protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, and maintain acid-base balance, which also plays an important role in sperm formation.
It contains large amounts of starch and raffinose, 16.6% protein, 2.0% fat, 62% carbohydrate, 0.089% calcium, 0.285% phosphorus, and 0.0064% Fe. In addition, it also contains β-Sitosterol, β-Sitosterol fatty ester, vitamin C, glucose, chlorophyll, palmitic acid and glutathione.
You can consume lotus seeds roasted, fried and raw.
Be consumed as snack
Used to make “Lotus Seed Paste” which as a filling is used in numerous desserts and pastries and cakes.
Used for preparing soups, congee and other dishes.
Health effects of Lotus Seed
Lotus seeds are good for five internal organs, dredging twelve meridians and qi and blood. lotus seed has an inhibitory effect on nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
[ Lower blood pressure]
The non-crystalline alkaloid N-9 contained in lotus seeds lowers blood pressure, promotes blood circulation, lowers blood sugar and blood lipids in the blood, relieves numbness and aching near waist and knees.
Lotus seed has the effect of suppressing sexual desire. For young people with dreaminess, frequent nocturnal emission, taking lotus seeds has a good effect.
The raffinose contained in lotus seeds benefit the spleen, kidney, and heart, is a tonic for all ages, and a common nutrient for people with chronic illness, postpartum or aging and mental work, it can improve brain function, enhance memory, improve work efficiency, and prevent the occurrence of senile dementia.
[prevent and cure diseases]
include chronic diarrhea or dysentery, loss of appetite because of spleen deficiency, emission due to the kidney deficiency, urinary incontinence, uterine bleeding, morbid leucorrhea, restlessness, palpitation, and insomnia, stomach disorders that cause nausea, postpartum choking cough due to stomach cold, vomiting, or bloating.
Female irregular uterine bleeding, long menstrual period, etc. have a certain effect. Women with spleen and kidney deficiency and excessive leucorrhea should eat more.
[Prevention of myopia]
Lotus seeds can help supplement the nutrients needed by the ciliary muscles and sclera in the eye, prevent myopia, and very helpful for eye and vision care.
All ages. Physical weakness, insomnia, loss of appetite, palpitation, nocturnal emission, mental workers, cancer patients after chemotherapy and chemotherapy, women with spleen and kidney deficiency and excessive vaginal discharge.
Lotus seed side effects and contraindications
Lotus seed is an edible food. It has no known side effects and it is suitable for general population. However, it shouldn’t be consumed in the following 2 situations: people usually have dry stool or abdominal fullness due to constipation, plus patients are diagnosed with weak physique or deficiency of spleen and stomach since it is cold in nature.
Patients with chronic stomach disease should be cautious or eat less.