Inspiring Indian Superfood: 14 Health and Wellness Benefits of Sabja Seeds (Basil Seeds)

By Pankhuri Kumar

Sabja seeds have recently been gaining popularity as an Indian superfood. These seeds are identified with different names in different parts of the world. They are known as tukmaria seeds, falooda seeds and most commonly basil seeds.  We all know that the Tulsi plant is worshipped in India but what we do not know is that the sabja seeds come from this sacred plant.  Just like the Tulsi plant, sabja seeds benefits include their medicinal properties. Therefore, these awesome seeds should be a part of your diet.

They can be consumed in refreshing beverages, desserts and even separately. Sabja seeds are a complete package and there is hardly any vitamin or mineral not present in these healthy seeds. To top it all, they have dietary fibres and even healthy fats.


Sabja seeds are loaded with medicinal properties and should be a part of everyone’s diet (Image Source: apunginthekitchen)


Sabja seeds expand, about 20 times more than their original size when soaked in the water and are extremely fibre-rich. This makes you feel full and can prevent overeating and snacking between meals.


Our hair is made up of proteins, and the more protein we consume the healthier it becomes. Basil seeds are full of nutrition and have a lot of vitamins, minerals, proteins and iron.


Healthy skin is nothing but the reflection of overall good health. Sabja seeds keep acne, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads at bay due to their anti-fungal and antibiotic qualities a. The seeds also help in warding off premature skin  and also help brighten the skin.


Sabja seeds can cleanse the inner stomach and clear the digestive system. They help in removing waste matter and toxins, which helps clean out our  gastrointestinal tract. As the stomach becomes toxin-free, the process of digestion turns easier solving issues like upset stomach, cramps, constipation and acidity.

Sabja seeds benefits include helping in removing waste matter and toxins, which helps clean out our  gastrointestinal tract (Image Source: BetterButter)

5. Sabja Seeds Help Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Sabja seeds make one energetic and help regulate blood sugar levels. The seeds lower cholesterol levels . The abundance of antioxidants in the basil seeds are a big help in reducing oxidative stress, which improves the immune system. A lot of pathogenic infections and serious medical conditions can be prevented if the seeds are consumed regularly with sincerity.

6. Help Maintain Good Oral Health

The antimicrobial properties of sabja seeds kill bacteria and viruses very efficiently. The seeds help in reducing inflammation in the mouth. They also solve the problems of cavities, bad mouth ulcers, bad breath and plaque. Consuming sabja seeds gives you a healthier smile.

7. Sabja Seeds Help in Regulating Body Heat

In the scorching summer days, sabja seeds are a life saver. They have the ability to soak up the heat from our body and so are an effective effective body coolant. The seeds can be added to any food like milk, falooda, nimbu sherbet etc. which will be refreshing in the summer.

Sabja seeds can be added to any food like milk, falooda, nimbu sherbet etc. (Image Source: Gyan Unlimited)

8. Can be used to Treat Insect Bites

Sabja seeds can help ameliorate the itching that happens as a result of insect bites. When the seeds are crushed and mixed with coconut oil, they act as excellent insect repellents.

9. These Super Seeds Promote Good Bone Health

Sabja seeds have a variety of mineral nutrients including iron, potassium, copper, calcium and magnesium. Consuming the seeds on on a regular basis helps to maintain good bone density.

10. Sabja Seeds Can Help You Improve Your Vision

Due to the seeds being rich in vitamin A, they are often recommended for people with weak eye sight and high levels of stress both of which lead to headaches. Vitamin A acts as a powerful antioxidant in the retina which helps in preventing the development of cataracts.

11. Pain Relief Benefits

Sabja seeds are nutrition rich and help avoid conditions of arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, gout etc. as the can play the role of natural pain killers. The seeds provide pain relief rather quickly.

12. Fight Anaemia with these Iron-Rich Seeds

Sabja seeds can be an anti-anaemic agent, because of the excellent amounts of iron in it. This helps increase the levels of haemoglobin in the blood and boosts the production of red blood cells.

13. Alleviate Respiratory Problems

The antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of basil seeds help in getting rid of flu, influenza, bronchial asthma and sore throat very effectively.

14. Consume Sabja Seeds to Strengthen Your Overall Immune System 

Vitamins E, C and the riboflavin and niacin content in the seeds and the loaded minerals found in the seeds also help with good health and stronger immunity.

Even though these seeds are not commonly found in many places, their potential health benefits are causing an increase in their popularity. With the onset of a trend of following a healthy lifestyle, people are becoming more and more aware and it is highly unlikely that such a super food does not come in the eyes of people. It is surprising how much difference can these otherwise small seeds make to one’s life. Make sure that you include sabja seeds in your diet to lead a fit life and be young at heart.

About the Author


Pankhuri Kumar is a student of Economics (Honours) at Hindu College, University of Delhi. She is a big believer in the power of positivity and plans to do her MBA in the future.  In her free time, Pankhuri can be found checking out new places to eat and shop at.










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