Halim seeds: A natural elixir for hair growth and weight loss

Packed with dietary fiber and proteins, these seeds impart a sense of fullness, curbing untimely cravings and promoting a balanced approach to eating. Photo: Shutterstock/Indian Stock Images

Move over Chia seeds, it’s time to shine the spotlight on the humble yet powerful Halim seeds. These tiny red-colored seeds, derived from the halim plant, are not only tasty but also offer an array of health benefits. Among others, they can quietly weave their magic for those seeking luscious locks and trimmer silhouettes if consumed regularly. Halim seeds, also known as ‘Ashali’ or Garden Cress, have long been celebrated in traditional Ayurveda for their diverse health benefits. One of the most enchanting qualities of halim seeds lies in their ability to promote hair growth.

Rich in antioxidants, they are loaded with essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6. Besides, they are also enriched with calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, proteins, iron, and folic acids and can thus offer a nourishing elixir for your locks. Halim seeds are also revered for their potential in supporting weight loss. Packed with dietary fiber and proteins, these seeds impart a sense of fullness, curbing untimely cravings and promoting a balanced approach to eating. The fiber content and fatty acids aid in maintaining a healthy digestive system by ensuring that your body efficiently absorbs fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients while eliminating waste.

Incorporating Halim seeds into your diet
Take half a spoonful of Halim seeds and mix with milk or smoothie. You can have a drink three times a week. You can mix it with lime juice and have half an hour before food. This will help in increasing the iron levels of the body. You can have sprouted Halim seeds along with salads. You can also consume the Halim seeds along with low-calorie dishes or with coconut water. Another delightful way to enjoy the nutritional benefits of these tiny seeds is by making a healthy drink using them. Here’s the recipe:

2.5 tbsp clean halim seeds
3 cups cow milk
1 tsp jaggery syrup
1 tsp powdered badam, pista, and cashew each

Take 2.5 tablespoons of halim seeds in a bowl and properly wash them
Add enough water to cover the seeds
Allow the seeds to soak for five hours
They will swell and form a gelatinous texture
Boil three cups of cow milk and add three spoons of soaked halim seeds into it
Boil for three to four minutes
Don’t forget to stir in between
Those who like to taste it sweet should add jaggery syrup (prepared by boiling) or sugar
Now add powdered badam, pista, and cashew nut to the solution
The healthy halim seeds drink is ready
You can have it hot or after cooling it
Enjoy the wholesome drink as part of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle

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