Health Benefits of Khus Khus

Khus khus, the kidney shaped seeds, is also known as the poppy seed. It has been used by ancient civilizations for their medicinal benefits for a long time. Here are some of the health benefits of khus khus.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Written by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: Mar 14, 2014

Khus Khus

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Khus khus, the kidney shaped seeds, is also known as the poppy seed. It has been used by ancient civilizations for their medicinal benefits for a long time. Here are some of the health benefits of khus khus.   Image courtesy : Getty Images  

Nutrition

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Khus khus seeds are good source of Omega-6 fatty acids, protein and dietary fibers. They also contain various phytochemicals , Vitamin B, Thiamin, Calcium and Manganese. Hence khus khus offers a high nutritional value.   Image courtesy : Getty Images    

Insomnia

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Khus khus can help cure sleep disorders as it will create a strong desire to sleep. Drinking warm milk with poppy seed paste before going to bed is very effective in inducing sleep and treating insomnia. Image courtesy : Getty Images  

Constipation

Constipation
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Khus khus or poppy seeds are good source of dietary fibers. It contains about 20-30% dietary fiber by weight. The fibers support healthy bowel movements and help treat constipation. About 200 grams of khus khus can fulfill your daily fiber needs.   Image courtesy : Getty Images  

Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory Disorders
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Khus khus seeds can also be very effective in treating respiratory disorders due to their expectorant and demulcent properties. It helps in reducing cough and provides long lasting relief against problems like asthma.   Image courtesy : Getty Images  

Anti-Oxidant

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It has been found that khus khus also has amazing anti-oxidant properties due to the large amount of antioxidants present in it. These anti-oxidants protect the organs and tissues from free radical attacks.   Image courtesy : Getty Images  

Kidney Stones

Kidney Stones
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Khus khus can also be very effective in preventing the formation of kidney stones. Oxalates present in khus khus can absorb excess calcium in the body thus preventing their crystallization in kidney. All this prevents the formation of kidney stones.   Image courtesy : Getty Images  

Sedative

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Dried khus khus can be your natural sedative as it contains small levels of opium alkaloids which can produce a minimal effect on your nervous system while soothing the nervous irritability and reducing coughing and sleeplessness.   Image courtesy : Getty Images  

Pain Killer

Pain Killer
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The opium alkaloids present in khus khus can also be very effective as pain killers. Khus khus has also been popularly used as a pain killer to relieve tooth aches, muscular and neuralgic pain.

Skin Care

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Khus khus has always been considered good for skin in Ayurveda. It acts like a moisturiser and help reduce burning sensation and itches. The Linolec acid in khus khus can also help treat eczema.

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