Are puffed lotus seeds effective in osteoporosis?
Q: My mother is 60 years old and has osteoporosis. She has elementary diabetes as well. I have heard that makhane (puffed lotus seeds) are effective food for osteoporosis. Is it advisable for my mother to take them, as she has Type 2 diabetes? Can my mother consume light quantity of honey i.e. a spoonful everyday? Is it going to worsen her diabetes?
A:Lotus seeds benefit the spleen, kidney, and heart. The seed also has calming properties that alleviate restlessness, palpitations, and insomnia. The medicinal dosage is 6-15 grams when it is combined with other herbs that have similar applications and double that when used as the main ingredient. It is rich in calcium and can be used for a diabetic. There are some misinformed people who support the use of honey instead of white sugar because it is natural. Chemically, honey contains fructose and sucrose, which in the end, breaks down into glucose that will increase her blood sugar the same way that sugar does. Avoid. If she is a diabetic, PLEASE follow her health care providers and dietician's advice on total sugar intake and in regulating her blood sugar. Ask for specific and clear directions before making any modifications to her diet.