Health Benefits Of The Lotus
The lotus plant has been used in East and Southeast Asian traditional medicine and cuisine for centuries. Anyone who has ever seen a lotus flower growing and emerging from a dirty pond can’t help but see the beauty and pure meaning that this healthy plant provides.
The lotus is a bowl-shaped perennial and is often confused with water lilies. There are over 100 species of lotus. The lotus has the title of India’s national flower and is a symbol of purity in Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
In Buddhism the lotus is associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. The flower is considered pure because it is able to emerge from murky waters in the morning and be perfectly clean. The breaking of the surface every morning is also suggestive of desire, this leads to it being associated with spiritual enlightenment.
In Egypt, lotus flowers represent rebirth in the afterlife. In India
Some people drink lotus tea because it contains a lot of fiber and can promote large intestinal peristalsis and help digestion which can remove toxins. It has been know to facilitate absorption of nutrients by triggering the secretion of gastric and digestive juices in the intestine.
Lotus tea can actually be beneficial to your cognitive function. Zinc, a mineral contained in lotus tea, is shown to pair up with vitamin B6 and improve the function of neurotransmitters.
What kinds of conditions might this flower be able to treat?
Can Lower Your Blood Sugar And Cholesterol
With Lotus root containing complex carbohydrates and fiber, it helps to manage the body’s cholesterol and blood sugar. Fiber and complex carbohydrates help keep a steady digestive process.
Recent studies suggests that the seeds of both red and white lotus varieties could help reduce inflammation. A (study in 2013) found that two polysaccharides in lotus plumule have significant anti-flammatory effects and show promise as a base for future treatment.
Helps With Your Acne
Sebum is the waxy substance that can cause acne breakouts when it builds up and clogs your skin’s pores. By adding lotus to green tea and applying it to the face can significantly reduce the amount of sebum that your glands produce, (shown in a 2013 study).
May Help Stop The Spread Of Lung Cancer
(Studies in 2014) found that neferine, an organic compound in the lotus seed embryo, has the potential to kill and hinder the spread of lung cancer cells.
Hopefully you learned some exciting benefits this beautiful plant has to offer. Please feel free to share your experience in the comments below! Stay safe and God bless.