In this part of the world, chia seeds are often mistaken for basil seeds, better known here as tukh malanga. Chia seeds are native to South America and don’t have a desi name. Tukh malanga seeds have a mild flavor of basil and have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines for centuries.
So their origin is different. Also, basil seeds are a similar size as chia seeds, but the difference is that basil seeds are entirely black and tear-shaped, whereas chia seeds are typically mottled shades of grey with brown and have a more rounded shape.
Benefits of Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.
Chia Seeds Benefits and Uses Weight Loss & Constipation
Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke. They also aid in weight loss and prevent digestive disorders.
Benefits of Basill Seeds: Basil seeds are reported to have antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, antispasmodic and antifungal properties. They help in lowering the cholesterol and blood sugar too. One of the most interesting benefits of tukh malanga seeds is their calming and stress relieving properties. They are good for the skin and hair also.
While both seeds offer certain nutritional benefits, it’s generally thought that chia seeds are ‘better’ as they contain antioxidants, fiber, calcium, protein, and many other vital minerals.