We hear this a lot “Gee, I really like your website but why would I eat seeds? Isn’t that for birds?”
Besides pooping on my car and eating left over french fries at the beach those feathered friends are pretty smart for eating seeds. Have you ever seen an unhealthy bird? Seeds are packed with all sorts of nutrients. Those nutrients can help with almost any ailment you might have. Let’s take a look at a few common annoyances we might be facing and see what seed could help.
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Got Inflammation? Hemp Seeds / Omega 3 Blend: Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids. The oil in the seeds is a source of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, ALA, as well as omega-6 fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, advises the University of Michigan. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in your body.
Sunflower seeds: Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol. By protecting these cellular and molecular components, vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role.
Got Energy? Chia Seeds: Keeping balanced levels of blood sugar is important for both health and energy. Blood sugar may spike after meals, especially if you eat high-starchy foods or sweets. This can lead to ‘slumps’ in your day where you feel tired and out of energy. By balancing your blood sugar, you not only lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, but you also ensure steady, constant energy throughout your day. But how does the Chia Seed help with this? Both the gelling action of the seed, and it’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars. If you eat chia with a meal, it will help you turn your food into constant, steady energy rather than a series of ups and downs that wear you out.
Your energy levels have a lot to do with what you eat. Chia is one of nature’s highest plant-based sources of complete protein. Usually protein from items like peanut butter and some beans are incomplete, meaning you have to combine them with other foods to get the full benefit. Not Chia though, it’s protein is complete to raise your energy levels. The combination of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and blood-sugar balancing gel all work together to make sure you have steady, never jittery energy.
Got Constipation? Flax Seeds: A 2 tablespoon serving of ground flax seed can provide 4g of fiber, which is nearly one quarter of the recommended 20g to 35g daily intake for fiber. Flax seed is an easy way to add fiber to your diet to help to promote heart health and bowel regularity and to reduce cancer risk. Flaxseed forms a gel in the stool that helps the body eliminate waste via peristalsis waves in the intestine.
Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds can help you if you are constipated because they act as a bulk-forming laxative, according to the University of Michigan. Bulk-forming laxatives can improve the frequency and consistency of stools.
Got Insomnia? Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium which serves to calm the body down. Magnesium helps to relieve the stress that can keep us up all night. Just 1 oz. of pumpkin seeds has 151 mg of magnesium, making it one of the most magnesium-rich foods out there. Pumpkin seeds and the powder from pumpkin seeds have relatively high amounts of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is the amino acid the body uses to make the feel-good and relaxation neurotransmitter serotonin.
Got Memory? Hemp Seeds: Hemp seeds have an unidentified compound in it that may help to promote learning, memory and immune function. It may stimulate the brain enzyme known as calcineurin, according to the University of Michigan. Calcineurin plays an essential role in some brain synapse activities.
Got Cholesterol? Sesame Seeds: The phytosterols in sesame seeds help the body absorb cholesterol and may help balance good and bad cholesterol levels.
Chia Seeds: Chia seed supplies fiber in 2 forms: insoluble (won’t dissolve in water) from its outer coat and soluble fiber (will dissolve in water) from its inner shell. Soluble fiber has been found helpful in lowering cholesterol and diabetes.
Got Fertility? Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds are also a good source of zinc. Adequate intakes of zinc are important for male fertility. A lack of zinc in the diet may cause your sperm to clump together. Men need 11 mg of zinc a day. A 1/4-cup serving contains 1.75 mg of zinc.
Got Healthy Skin? Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are rich in beta carotene, which your body uses to create vitamin A. Preliminary evidence suggests diets high in plant foods and antioxidants such as beta carotene may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Beta carotene may also help combat visible signs of aging. It helps to protect your skin. Pumpkin seeds also provide vitamin K, another vitamin helpful to your body and skin.
Got Arteriosclerosis? Sunflower Seeds: High levels of Vitamin E in sunflower kernels translate into health benefits that include lower risk of cardiovascular disease and arteriosclerosis, as well as lowered cholesterol levels and higher mental acuity.
Got Confidence? Super Sexy Seeds: Pumpkin seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are the precursors of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that play a key role in sexual desire and sexual health.
Flaxseeds are also packed with essential fatty acids (omega-3, omega-6, etc.) which Women’s Health says are “the major building blocks of all sex hormones.”
Sunflower seeds and pumpkin, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, and other nuts all contain the necessary monounsaturated fats with which your body creates cholesterol—and your sex hormones need that cholesterol to work properly.
Chia seeds are packed with omega 3′s and 6′s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc (again!), fiber and antioxidants, chia seeds will give you stamina to burn, improve circulation and increase your body’s ability to feel stimulation.
To help you remember seeds are good for you. If you shrunk the word nutrients down you would get nuts and seeds are nuts! I feel a little nuts for even saying that. I hope you found this post interesting and even learned something about our super seeds and why you should be adding some seed to your diet! If you want more specific info about each seed check our Seed Benefits links at the top. If you’re wondering how to add seeds to your diet you can check out our Seed Recipes links at the top too.