POPPY SEEDS HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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Health benefits:

1.  Poppy seeds contain many plant derived chemical compounds that found to have anti-oxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties.

2.  Their unique nutty aromatic flavor is because of many fatty acids and essential volatile oils, which comprise about 50% of net weight. The seeds are especially rich in oleic and linoleic acids. Oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fatty acid, helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol" levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.

3.  Poppy seeds outer husk is a good source of dietary fiber. 100 g raw seeds provide 19.5 g or 51% of recommended daily levels (RDA) of fiber. Much of this fiber is metabolically inert content which helps increase bulk of the food by absorbing water down the digestive tract and thereby easing constipation problem.

4.  Additionally, dietary fiber binds to bile salts (a product of cholesterol) and decrease their re-absorption in the colon. It thus helps in a further decrease in blood LDL cholesterol levels.

5.  The seeds are excellent source B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. Many of these vitamins functions as co-factors in substrate metabolism especially fat and carbohydrates.

6.  Poppy seeds contain good levels of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is utilized in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

  1. Dried poppy seeds contain very small levels of opium alkaloids such as morphine, thebaine, codiene, papaverine etc. When consumed in food, these compounds produce minimal effect on the human nervous system. On the contrary, these chemicals found to have some beneficial effects on the human body; soothe nervous irritability, act as painkillers. Its seed extractions found useful in pharmacy and in many traditional medicines in the preparations of cough mixtures, expectorants, etc.

Minerals:

Nutritive value per 100 grams

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

PERCENTAGE OF RDA

Energy

525 Kcal

26%

Carbohydrates

28.13 g

22%

Protein

17.99 g

32%

Total Fat

41.56 g

139%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

19.5 g

51%

VITAMINS

Folates

82 µg

20%

Niacin

0.896 mg

5.5%

Pantothenic acid

0.324 mg

65%

Pyridoxine

0.247 mg

19%

Riboflavin

0.100 mg

8%

Thiamin

0.854 mg

71%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Vitamin C

1 mg

2%

Vitamin E

1.77 mg

12%

Vitamin K

0 mg

0%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

26 mg

2%

Potassium

719 mg

15%

MINERALS

Calcium

1438 mg

144%

Copper

01.627 mg

181%

Iron

9.76 mg

122%

Magnesium

347 mg

87%

Manganese

6.707 mg

292%

Phosphorus

870 mg

124%

Selenium

13.5 µg

24%

Zinc

7.9 mg

72%

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