The word “Halem” gives a very Middle-East feeling to me, and maybe to you as well right? I just wondered while I looked at the packet of Halem Seeds, as to what in the world was Halem seeds?? On getting a few of these seeds on my palm, the colour of the seeds are reddish-brown. They have a peppery , tangy taste which I didn’t quite like. The seeds have derived names like cress, garden pepper cress, pepperwort cress, pepperwort pepper grass, mustard and cress or poor man’s pepper, due to this peppery flavour.
The seeds come in airtight, resealable, recyclable paper bags. The package has the brand name and the superfood name on the front of the pack. On the other side of the package it provides information about the product, ingredients, information on how to use the product, Allergy information, Nutritional information, Certification marks, net weight, manufactured date and MRP. It also has the symbol indicating the products are vegetarian. The packaging is simple yet attractive and keeps the seeds fresh. The packet has a pop of colour which makes the otherwise dull packet, attractive.
Benefits of Halem Seeds:
- Also known as Halim/Garden Cress seeds, Halem seeds majorly improve menstrual health and indigestion. One of the oldest cultivated seeds, Halem seeds also help in hair loss treatment and boosting immunity.
- Due to its high quality and quantity of iron and folic acid it helps to overcome iron deficiency anemia. Garden cress seeds being the richest source of non-haeme iron. It is advisable to have vitamin C half an hour after consumption of these seeds as it enhances iron absorption.
- High nutritive content of cress seeds. It’s given especially to post partum mothers and lactating mothers as it enhances milk production.
- It also has hypoglycemic properties which help to control glucose levels in diabetics
- It is used during constipation as a laxative . It is also used to treat intestinal problems and abdominal colic issues. It is laso very helpful in treating bleeding piles.
- Garden cress seeds are good expectorants and when chewed they treat sore throat, cough reliever, asthma and headache.
- cress seeds have anti-hypertensive property. It has diuretic property due to which it has blood pressure lowering property.
- it has good anti cancer property. Garden cress seeds contain antioxidants like vitamin A and E which help protect cells from damage by free radicals.
Side-effects of Garden Cress Seeds:
1.Diuretic Properties: Garden cress contains diuretic properties thus patients suffering from frequent passage of water and urine should be cautious when using this plant.
2.Abortifacient Properties: Garden cress is abortifacient in nature thus capable of inducing abortion in early pregnant women if taken in excess. Pregnant women should refrain from eating garden cress as it has the tendency to induce uterine contractions and abortion. Garden cress seeds can increase uterine contraction, thus certain people use it to induce labor in late stages of pregnancy.
3.Goitrogenic Properties: Garden cress contains goitrogens, which are substances that subdue the proper functioning of the thyroid gland through its interference with iodine absorption. If consumed in a very large quantities can cause the thyroid gland to enlarge, thereby causing goiter and hypothyroidism.
How to Use Halem Seeds/Garden cress Seeds:
- Halem seeds can be eaten raw and roasted before eating. They are peppery and aromatic ,hence, used with salads and vegetable curries .
- Roasted slightly with added salt.
- Soaked in water then added to milk or juice.
- Chikki or laddoo can be made. (preparation similar to til laddoo/chikki).
- The leaves go well in sandwiches or fresh, green salads
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