Are Poppy Seeds Really Healthy? Find Out the Truth!

(Last Updated On: August 22, 2017)

If you think that poppy seeds are just used to decorate salad or bagel, then sorry to burst your bubble- poppy seeds do provide a multitude of health benefits as well!! Poppy seed is an oilseed extracted from the poppy plant and is loaded with a good amount of minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. These kidney-shaped seeds are black-blue in color and have a nutty flavor. From raitas to curries to desserts, poppy seeds are vastly used in India. Incorporating poppy seeds into your diet can help boost your mineral and fiber intake.

Health Benefits of poppy seeds

  • Poppy seeds are effective in treating fever, constipation or abdomen problems.
  • Drinking milk with poppy seeds can help you conquer insomnia.
  • As poppy seeds contain a high level of calcium and phosphorous, these seeds will help you manage the pain and symptoms of joint pain and swelling. Apply a paste of poppy seeds on the affected area for an instant relief from bone and joint pain.
  • These seeds also contain linoleic acid that helps in preventing abdomen and heart problems.
  • They contain high levels of dietary fiber. So, consuming it with your meals will make you feel satisfied and full and this way you can avoid overeating.
  •  Poppy seeds will be enormously beneficial to those who are suffering from constipation. For this, include some poppy seeds in your food and you will feel a lot better.
  • Being a good source of fatty acids, poppy seeds can help lower blood cholesterol level in the body.
  • Since poppy seeds are rich in calcium, they are also very beneficial for pregnant and lactating women.
  • These seeds are also used in treating respiratory problems.
  • Poppy seeds are rich in zinc and consuming these seeds can help in strengthening the immune system.
  • These seeds are rich in minerals such as copper, iron, and calcium, which helps in the development of neurons and improve brain functions.
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Dr. Dolly Khanka is a Masters in Neuro Physiotherapy and has 4 years of experience in treating paralysis patient. Currently, she is working with Portea as a physiotherapist. Her constant endeavor to update her skills and passion for learning makes her stand out from the crowd.


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