Here is a wonderful snack which actually is the seed of the lotus flower. The Fox Nut has been around for more than 3,000 years and is written about in ancients texts... and they taste great. With all the junk food on the market... these seeds are a wholesome treat anyone can enjoy and they are packed full of great nutrition, lots of healing agents, and they help with stress.
Other Names - These seeds are also called Makhana in many places in the world. Also known in Latin as Euryale ferox, Gorgon nut, Thang-jing, Manipuri, Nikori, Onibasu, and Onibas.
Where They Grow - They grow in India, China, Russian, Korea, Japan and other areas.
Lots of Antioxidants - Fox Nuts also contains lots of kaempferol which is a powerful anti-aging antioxidant that helps to prevent and repair DNA damage. Also, contain phenols like green tea.
Anti-Inflammatory - Fox Nuts contain lots of antioxidants that get rid of inflammation in the body without side effects. Helps with arthritis, joint pain, redness, swelling, and other inflammatory diseases. And remember inflammation is the first step towards disease.
Very Astringent - Fox Nuts are very astringent and thus help get rid of excess fluid in the body. But at the same time, they help hydrate mucous membranes which is very interesting.
Helps with Infertility - Fox Nuts supply nutrition and hydration to male and female reproductive organs and improve semen quality.
Good for the Kidneys - In Ayurvedic medicine in India it is thought that Fox Nuts are astringent and very good for the kidneys. And in Ayurvedic medicine, it is thought that they regulate blood pressure in the kidneys and thus help to prevent kidney disease. Fox nuts help to improve the proper function of the kidneys and can also be used for polyuria, incontinence, and chronic kidney disease. Try them and see how Fox Nuts work for you... everyone is different and thus one has to try Fox Nuts to find out how effective it is for you.
Low in Calories - These nuts are low in calories making them great for losing that extra 10 pounds.
Good for Diabetics - Fox Nuts have a low glycemic index making them an ideal snack food for diabetics. Also, Fox Nuts are high in fiber thus helping to lower blood sugar.
High In Fiber - Fox Nuts are high in fiber thus helping to promote the growth of good bacteria in our gut and thus supporting our immune system.
High in Protein - Fox Nuts contain 19% of our daily needs of protein making them great for vegans and vegetarians.
Lowers Blood Pressure - Fox Nuts contain a good amount of magnesium and are very low in sodium thus they help to lower blood pressure. And Fox Nuts contain up to 14% of our daily needs of potassium thus helping to regulate blood pressure and help with heart contractions.
Rich in Calcium - Fox Nuts are rich in calcium and thus they are great for preventing osteoporosis.
Coffee Substitute - Roasted Fox Nuts makes a great coffee substitute for those who are cutting back on caffeine.
Very Low in Cholesterol - Fox Nuts are very low in cholesterol making them an ideal snack for any time of day. 100 grams of Fox Nuts only contains 0.9 grams of fat... Wow... Great... and no saturated fat.
Therapeutic for the Spleen - Fox Nuts help the spleen to be cleansed of old blood, platelets, white blood cells, and helps the spleen to rejuvenate in general. As the spleen also works with our immune system... Fox Nuts might help boost up our immune system.
TCM - In Traditional Chinese Medicine Fox Nuts are used as an astringent for healing kidney and spleen challenges.
Helps with Diarrhea - Fox Nuts are astringent and heal diarrhea.
Good for the GI Tract - Fox Nuts contain lots of great fiber making them great for those who have digestive challenges.
Gluten-Free - Fox Nuts are gluten-free and can be made into a wonderful flour.
Helps with Stress and Insomnia - Fox Nuts are soothing and relaxing and thus they help with stress and insomnia. More than likely this has to do with all the magnesium they contain which is very relaxing.
Great for the Respiratory System - Fox Nuts are also great for the respiratory system because of being highly anti-inflammatory and soothe away irritations of the mucous membranes of the lungs.
Lots of Energy - Fox Nuts also contain good carbs which give a person energy to make it through the day.
Good for Those Who are Pregnant - These nuts are high in lots of nutrients making them great for those who are pregnant.
Used in Cooking - Fox Nuts can be popped like popcorn and they are delicious and look similar to popcorn. Avoid frying Fox Nuts because you lose the nutrition of the nuts and with all that oil they are fattening... use an air popper or an air fryer instead. They have a mild flavor and pick up any flavor that you put with them just like popcorn. Great with salt and pepper or salt alone or chili powder and other seasonings. Also, Fox Nuts can be made into a paste and used in Chinese and Japanese desserts. The nuts are used in lots of different cuisines around the world. And the popped nuts can also be used like croutons in soups and stews.
Taste - Like popcorn popped Fox Nuts don't have a whole lot of flavor but they pick up any added flavorings. Look for recipes using Fox Nuts online.
Finding - You can find Fox Nuts at any Asian Market, on amazon.com and ebay.com and other places online. And you can find them popped, as the brown looking raw nuts and in other forms.
Side Effects - There are no real side effects of Fox Nuts. But those who take antibiotics should not take Fox Nuts because it may reduce the effectiveness of the medication.
Enjoy Organic Fox Nuts or Makhana.
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
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