About Health Properties and Nutrients of Lotus Flower
Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, Egyptian bean or simply lotus, is one of two extant species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. The Linnaean binomial Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn. is the currently recognized name for this species, which has been classified under the former names, Nelumbium speciosum Willd. and Nymphaea nelumbo, among others. (These names are obsolete synonyms and should be avoided in current works.) This plant is an aquatic perennial.
Under favorable circumstances its seeds may remain viable for many years, with the oldest recorded lotus germination being from that of seeds 1,300 years old recovered from a dry lakebed in northeastern China.
Health properties and nutrients
All parts of Nelumbo nucifera are edible, with the rhizome and seeds being the main consumption parts. Traditionally rhizomes, leaves and seeds have been used as folk medicines, Ayurveda, Chinese traditional medicine and oriental medicine.
While leaves are used as drug against hematemesis, epistaxis and hematuria, the flowers should help against diarrhea, cholera, fever and hyperdipsia. Rhizomes are promoted due to their diuretic, antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Seeds are used to treat, for example, tissue inflammation, cancer and skin diseases, leprosy and poison antidote. In Chinese medicine seeds are still used as Lian Zi Xi.
Lotus rhizomes and seeds and their processing by-products are widely consumed in Asia, Americas, and Oceania for high content of physiologically active substances.
Especially in China, lotus seeds are popular with a cultural history going back about 3000 years. As early as the Han Dinasty, lotus seeds were already recorded as sweet, astringent, nourishing the heart and kidney in “Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic”.
Nowadays there are 22 varieties for the four known Chinese lines, which are found particularly in Jianning (still called “the town of Jianlian lotus seeds in China”) and Guangchang (“the town of white lotus seeds in China”).
These days the perennial aquatic herb is gaining popularity because of its nutraceutical and historical importance. It will be of economic value if the different parts of lotus can be developed as functional food.
Because of the special role in human health and richness in nutrients and bioactive substances, the Chinese Ministry of Health approved the use of N. nucifera as both “food and medicine”. Wikipedia
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