Tukmaria Seeds (ocimum basilicum) are also known as Basil Seeds and Edible Vegetable Seeds. They are holy seeds in many Asian countries, due to their exceptional qualities.
Although tukmaria has been part of a balanced diet in many countries for ages, it is almost unknown in many western countries. In part due to the success of their "cousin" chia seeds, they are now being discovered and gaining popularity in Europe and America.
Tukmaria Seeds have antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antifungal, carminative, galactagogue, stomachic properties.
Tukmaria contains many polyphenolic flavonoids especially Orientin and Vicenin. These provide the antioxidant benefits.
It's leaves are rich in many essential oils like eugenol, citronellol, linalool, limonene, citral and terpineol. These provide antibacterial and anti inflammatory benefits.
Low in calories and free of cholesterol.
High levels of beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, Vitamin A and Vitamin K.
Contains good amounts of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, calcium and magnesium, and vitamins C and folates.
Excellent source of iron at 40% RDA per 100 grams.