Our Hearty Seed Blend is our most heart healthy blend. We mix up the most influential seeds for your cardiovascular system to make this blend. The seeds we include are Pumpkin, Flax, Chia and Sesame.
According to the latest statistics from the American Heart Association, more than 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) a day (based on 2007 mortality rate data). That averages out to one death every 39 seconds. Putting it another way, CVD accounted for 33.6 percent (813,804) of the roughly 2 million deaths in 2007 in the United States. And nearly 33 percent of those occurred before the age of 75, while more than 150,000 of those people were under the age of 65.
Sesame seeds: Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which could lead to stroke, myocardial infarction, renal failure and death.
Past research has found that sesame seeds can improve oxidative stress because they contain antioxidants vitamin E and lignans, including sesamin, sesamolin and sesamol. In addition to impaired balance between relaxing and contracting factors in blood vessels, hypertension is also caused by increased pro-oxidant and decreased antioxidant activities. Thus, sesame could be helpful in decreasing the risk of CVD.
Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seed oil can help moderate cholesterol levels in the blood. By lowering the LDL (bad) score and increasing the HDL (good) score, pumpkin seed oil may improve cardiovascular functioning. Maintaining a healthy balance of cholesterol in the body is key to lasting overall health, especially to those who are overweight or obese, who have a higher risk of cardiac problems.
Chia seeds: High blood pressure is a significant problem for diabetes sufferers. The U of T study indicates when type-2 diabetes patients ate up to four teaspoons of chia seed a day it had a major impact on high blood pressure readings. Another effect was an increase in EPA, a beneficial omega-3 fatty acid most often found in fish.
Although Lilian Thompson, PhD, an internationally known flaxseed researcher from the University of Toronto, says she wouldn’t call any of the health benefits of flax “conclusively established,” research indicates that flax’s possible health benefits include reducing the risks of certain cancers as well as cardiovascular disease and lung disease. Here are more details:
Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect against cancer, particularly breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. At least two of the components in flaxseed seem to contribute, says Kelley C. Fitzpatrick, MSc, director of health and nutrition with the Flax Council of Canada.
In animal studies, the plant omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseed, called ALA, inhibited tumor incidence and growth.
Further, the lignans in flaxseed may provide some protection against cancers that are sensitive to hormones without interfering with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen. Some studies have suggested that exposure to lignans during adolescence helps reduce the risk of breast cancer and may also increase the survival of breast cancer patients, Thompson says.
Lignans may help protect against cancer by:
- Blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism.
- Interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells.
Some of the other components in flaxseed also have antioxidant properties, which may contribute to protection against cancer and heart disease.
Ingredients: Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds