Poppy was one of the favorite flowers of Venus, Roman Goddess of Love and Beauty. For centuries, poppies have been used as a symbol of eternal rest, sleep, and peace. In Greek and Roman myths, poppies were used as offerings to the missing ones as a symbol of remembrance. Even nowadays, poppy is a symbol of sacrifice and remembrance in many European countries and else. Regardless of its symbolic, poppy grows lays dormant and reappears in great numbers all over Albania. It is very popular here due to its important values. If you ask your grandparents, they will tell you more about the effects of poppy to put children and the elderly back to sleep.
Some of the most important health benefits of poppy include its ability to boost the immune system, protect heart health, improve vision, increase blood flow, optimize digestion, strengthen the bones, regulate the nervous system, increase eye health, and prevent Type 2 diabetes.
These small red flowers produce an edible seed, poppy seeds that are packed with not only essential nutrients and unique minerals, but also certain alkaloids that can have strong effects on the body in large doses.
These magical seeds can be found on everything from hot dog buns to pretzels and poppy oil is commonly used in salad dressings, soups, and even breads and cakes. This small, but versatile, seed from this unassuming flower is extremely powerful, and even small doses can have measurable effects on the body. But let us take a look on what this red flower can do for our bodies.
Analgesic Effect: The most widely studied and utilized aspect of poppy is the analgesic qualities that it provides. If you consume poppy seeds, you can soothe small aches and pains, relieving headaches, and even speed up healing. The rich combination of nutrients found in poppy seeds, including zinc, can help increase the metabolism to accelerate the recovery process.
Boost the Immune System: Studies have directly linked zinc to an improvement in the strength of immune systems. This mineral, found in significant levels within each poppy seed, can stimulate the production of white blood cells and boost the body’s response to foreign substances and agents.
Vision Health: As we age, our eyes naturally begin to fail us, but there are certain things we can do to stop this process. Antioxidant compounds are one great way to protect our eyes, but so is zinc, found in significant quantities in poppy, which can reduce the occurrence of macular degeneration and keep our vision strong.
Heart Health: One of the other key minerals found in poppy is iron, an integral component in the production of red blood cells. By increasing your iron intake, you can boost blood flow, thereby increasing the oxygenation of vital parts of your body. This can reduce symptoms of anemia, boost energy levels, and speed up the healing process.
Digestive Help: If you are suffering from constipation or diarrhea, you need fiber in your diet. Poppy seeds have a surprisingly high level of dietary fiber, which can help to bulk up stool or promote peristaltic motion to regulate your bowel movements. Poppy seeds have been directly linked to soothing inflammation and pain, thereby promoting normal functioning in your gut.
Type 2 Diabetes: Although this is more of a preventative measure, low levels of zinc can be a large indicator for Type 2 diabetes. To protect yourself against this nearly global epidemic, adding zinc to your diet (in the form of poppy seeds) can be a quick and tasty solution.
Nerve Function: Many people fail to realize the many roles that calcium plays in our body, but when it comes to the functioning of our nervous system, few minerals are more essential. The high levels of calcium found in poppy make it a very impressive nerve tonic and can help prevent nervous disorders and promote healthy function.
Bone Health: Calcium is also an integral aspect of bone mineral density, so the calcium in poppy can ensure that our bones stay strong and resilient as we age, rather than slowly weakening as a result of osteoporosis or other bone-related disorders.
Blood Pressure: The analgesic and anesthetic qualities of poppy can protect heart health in another way. The potassium found in poppy seeds acts as a vasodilator, easing the tension in arteries and blood vessels while promoting normal blood flow throughout the body. This can help prevent the development of atherosclerosis and the subsequent heart issues, like strokes and heart attacks that can so often result./AgroWeb.org