Poppy Seeds

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The benefits of Poppy Seed in daily life (Kas Kas)
Kas-kas or it’s scientific name Semen Papaveris also known as Opium Poppy in English, is an erect annual herb, growing up to a meter and a half in height with large hairless, almost grayish-green, serrated leaves. Poppy seed, tiny dried seed of the opium poppy, used as food, food flavouring, and the source of poppy-seed oil. Poppy seeds have no narcotic properties, because the fluid contained in the bud that becomes opium is present only before the seeds are fully formed. The plant, Papaver somniferum, is an herbaceous annual native to Greece and the Orient. Poppy seed is an ancient spice; the seed capsules have been found in Switzerland in the remains of prehistoric lake dwellings. The centre of origin of Poppy is the Western Mediterranean region of Europe and is cultivated in India, Russia, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, China, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Portugal for its legal pharmaceutical use. It is also grown illegally for the narcotic trade in Burma, Thailand and Laos (Golden Triangle) and Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran (Golden Crescent). Besides single harm to human being, Poppy seed provide a lot of benefits especially in medical and human daily life. The term “Kas Kas” or poppy seeds will be used interchangeably in the entire essay. This paper will discuss several advantages of kas kas over our daily life and how kas kas could effects living in general. There are so many benefits of Kas Kas and two of its benefits are in medical and nutritional field. Major benefit of Kas-Kas is in medical field. Kas-Kas contain linoleic acid and oleic acid. Linoleic acid protects the heart from many heart diseases and conditions, while oleic acid is known to help in prevention of breast cancer. Calories in poppy seeds is also comparatively less than other spices and herbs. For household medicinal applications, an infusion can be made from the mature seed pods. A typical...
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