INGREDIENTS: Poppy Seeds
With the name "poppy seeds", we refer to many varieties of this plant, very different in colors and properties. The most widespread is the Papaver rhoeas, bright red, which grows spontaneously and from which nothing is usually obtained, as it has no particular properties.
As for the ambino of medicine, there is also the Papaver somniferum, the one best known because of the use that has been made of it for centuries and that continues to be made: the extraction of opium. The somniferum has white petals sometimes with slight pinkish reflections and from the unripe capsule that contains the seeds the latex is obtained that will be used for opium.
As for food use, Papaver nigrum and Papaver setigerum (or silk poppy) are used instead. Once the flower is dry, the seeds are obtained from its pod.
Poppy Seeds: Properties and Benefits
- Cholesterol control: oleic acid and potassium help keep bad LDL cholesterol levels low in the blood, in favor of the good one;
- Control of the cardiovascular system;
- Bone health: poppy seeds contain very high levels of calcium (more than 1400 mg per 100 g of product), which makes them a valid ally to keep teeth and bones healthy;
- They promote metabolism: the abundant presence of B vitamins helps digestion and the correct assimilation of fats and proteins. Vegetable fibers, on the other hand, help to regulate intestinal activity;
- Antioxidant properties: the huge amount of manganese and the presence of vitamins C and E help slow down cellular aging and the appearance of free radicals;
- They fight anxiety and stress: they contain alkaloid substances, which have a slight relaxing effect on the nervous system and promote relaxation and sleep.