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    Makhana is an aquatic weed which grows in shallow water bodies. India is the largest producer of Makhana, with 90% of the global makhana productions coming from north-east bihar, although it is also cultivated in China and Japan. The makhana plant produces starchy white seeds, and the seeds are edible. The plant is cultivated for its seeds. The plant does best in locations with hot, dry summers and cold winters. In India, particularly in the northern (Punjab) and western parts of the country, Makhana seeds are often roasted or fried, which causes them to pop like popcorn. These are then eaten, often with a sprinkling of oil and spices.

    Makhana has many benefits when consumed regularly. It is low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol and are high in magnesium potassium and phosphorus. So it is very useful for people with high blood pressure. Contains flavonoid which are anti-oxidants, thus acts as an anti-aging food too. Makhana is very helpful in treatment of arthritis and rheumatic pains, helps strengthen heart and kidney. According to ayurveda it decreases the vata and pitta doshas which are the air and fire imbalances. These imbalances can further lead to many health problems.