Basil seeds, also called sabja seeds, are small black seeds that has many health benefits given the high content of fibre, carbs, good fats and protein. The calorie-free seeds have a hard shell, which is why these cannot be consumed raw. It is advised to soak the seeds in water before consuming. The appearance of the basil seeds is a lot more like chia seeds. These seeds are beneficial in controlling blood sugar levels, losing weight, treating acidity, curing cough, relieving constipation and bloating.