Lotus seeds are a rich source of phosphorus, protein, potassium and
magnesium. They may also contain zinc and iron. The seeds contain low
levels of sugar, sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat. One ounce of raw
lotus seeds contains approximately 94.3 calories.
Dried lotus seeds that are sold in packages must first be soaked in
water overnight prior to use due to their hardness and toughness. They
can then be added directly to soups and congee, or used in other dishes.
Fresh lotus seeds are sold in the seed heads of the plant and eaten
by breaking the individual seeds out of cone shaped head. The soft
rubbery shell that surrounds each seed should be removed before
Crystallized lotus seeds (蓮子糖), made by drying lotus seeds cooked in
syrup, are a well-loved Chinese snack and are eaten especially near
Chinese new year. The most common use of the seed is in the form of
lotus seed paste (蓮蓉), which is used extensively in Chinese pastries.
The paste is also used in Japanese cuisine, as an ingredient in cakes
and other dessert items.
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Health Benefits and Therapeutic Uses of Lotus Seed
Lotus seeds are popular for their nutritional benefits and healing
properties. They are commonly used in Chinese medications and also in
various recipes. Lotus seeds contain L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase, an
enzyme with anti-ageing properties. It is known to help in repairing
damaged proteins. The seeds contain kaempferol, a flavonoid known for
its anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to help in repairing aging
The astringent properties of lotus seeds make them beneficial for the
kidneys. They help to regulate the energy levels of the body. Some
studies indicate that lotus seeds may be used to treat various sexual
conditions. Lotus seeds are used in Chinese medicine to relieve the
problem of diarrhea. They are also used to improve the health of the
Lotus seeds were used to treat people with sleeping disorders such as
insomnia. They are also known to be effective in alleviating
restlessness. This is due to the natural sedative and calming effects of
the seeds. The center of the lotus seed is known to be beneficial for
the heart due to its cooling properties. The bitterness of the seeds
comes from isoquinoline alkaloids which are believed to induce a calming
effect and are also anti-spasmodic in nature. They cause dilation of the
blood vessels and thus help in controlling blood pressure levels.
Some medicinal researchers believe that lotus seeds help to strengthen
the digestive process and relieve diarrhea. The seeds are sometimes
combined with other herbs in order to treat urinary ailments such as
prostatitis and reproductive diseases. However it is advisable to
consult a doctor before using any natural remedies such as lotus seeds.