The poppy is the raw material from which poppy seeds are obtained. In temperate and warm climates, this annual herb grows well. It is known to most people as the source from which opiates are derived, but this is true for some parts of it.
Poppy is grown and bred because the seeds and poppy oil contain almost no narcotic substances. In return, poppy seeds are beneficial from a health perspective.
The contents of poppy seeds are quite valuable substances, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, zinc. They are responsible for the series of health benefits, some of which are not well known but very valuable.
Poppy seeds have a pain-relieving and antioxidant effect, help with insomnia, because the alkaloids in it have a calming effect. The magnesium in it ensures a good quality of sleep, guaranteeing peace throughout the night's rest. Before sleep, warm milk with poppy seeds is recommended.
It is a valuable remedy for problems in the gastrointestinal tract and is a prevention against the formation of kidney stones.
The dried seed contains the alkaloids morphine, codeine, papaverine. Small doses of them are pain relievers and have a beneficial effect on the nervous system.
Poppy seeds are very popular in cooking as an additive to pastry products and sweets, sauces and various dishes. Not only do poppy seeds improve the taste of the food to which they are added, but it has its benefits for physiological processes in the body. The dietary fiber it contains helps the peristalsis of the intestines and prevents constipation. They also prevent type 2 diabetes.
Poppy seeds also contain a number of B vitamins. B-complex vitamins are part of the metabolic processes with the participation of fats and carbohydrates, that is, they support the supply of the body with energy, improve the condition of the muscles, the heart, the skin, and also the production of red blood cells.
Oleic and linoleic acids reduce the production of bad cholesterol and increase levels of good cholesterol.
Wounds heal faster when using poppy seeds.
And to get poppy seeds into your menu faster, check out these delicious poppy seed pastries or poppy seed rolls.