Poppy seeds are harvested from the dried seed pods of the poppy. Believe it or not in some countries it is illegal to grow poppies, but in europe they are freely grown and sold.
Interesting fact: Poppy seeds are used in the production of morphine due to their sedative analgesic properties.
Health benefits Poppy seeds
Traditionally poppy seeds and extracts have been used as muscle relaxants due to their sedative analgesic properties. This means they could be a good alternative treatment for muscle cramping. Since then there has been no definitive research to prove all the health benefits; however people have been using the poppy seeds natural relaxant to help the body in a more natural way:
To help with sleep
The high quantities of magnesium within the poppy seeds are directly linked to having a peaceful and longer sleep. They can also reduces symptoms of disorders such as insomnia by regulating the metabolism.
Managing blood pressure
The relaxation properties of the poppy seeds contribute to a decrease in hypertension because the blood vessels relax and dilate allowing the pressure within them to drop.
High in fibre poppy seeds may aid digestion by stimulating contractions through the smooth muscle forcing food through your system. Lots of other foods do contain fibre but the ratio of content of fibre to the size of poppy seeds is very high.
Red blood cell formation
Copper and iron is essential for red blood cell production and a deficiency in iron can cause anemia and general fatigue. Poppy seeds have not been proven to prevent this but have been used to help avoid deficiencies such as these.
Aids bone health
Known as an excellent source of zinc which is proven to increase bone mineral density and general bone health.