Like nuts, seeds are a great provider of various vitamins, minerals and are also a source of proteins. They are good to snack on and excellent included as part of a healthy diet. The health benefits of seeds include offering you with nutrients you require for a healthy diet and also includes treatment for different diseases and also help in reduction of high blood pressure and bad forms of cholesterol. Seeds contain most of the fatty acids that your body cannot manufacture like omega 3 and 6.
Sesame seeds provide calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, B vitamins, and dietary fibre. Due to their antioxidants, a recent animal study showed sesame oil may help lower inflammation and improve brain health. They are popular in many Asian dishes, also used to make sesame paste or tahini, which can be spread on crackers or toast and often used in Middle Eastern dishes to make hummus and falafel.
The pumpkin plant, along with its seeds, has been used in the traditional medicine of many countries, including India and Mexico. Pumpkin seeds contain protective compounds called phytosterols which can contribute to good prostate health and offer anti-inflammatory and cholesterol-lowering benefits. They are lower in fat than other seeds and offer essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and potassium.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of protein, iron, folate, zinc, dietary fibre, and vitamin E. They are in fact, the best whole-food source of vitamin E, a nutrient that may slow the effects of ageing, boosts the immune system, and prevents cardiovascular disease. They are also packed with four times more antioxidants than blueberries, walnuts, and peanuts, boosting the immune system and lowering blood pressure and bad cholesterol.
Hemp is considered one of the world’s most nutritious plants. Hemp seeds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids and contain all nine essential amino acids, making them a complete protein source, especially good for vegans. The essential fatty acids (both Omega-3s and Omega-6s) are abundant in hemp seeds and magnesium, iron, and potassium are in good supply along with fibre. Some of hemp seed’s supply of antioxidants comes from its vitamin E content. Hemp belongs to the genus Cannibis sativa and has been cultivated for thousands of years as a source of fibre, edible seeds, edible oil, lubricant, and as a fuel. Hemp Seeds are a more digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk, or any other high protein food. They have a better spectrum of available proteins than soybeans–without the soybean anti-nutritional factors. They are an excellent protein product for everyone – mothers, babies, body builders, convalescents, the elderly.
Cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC, flaxseeds have long been known to provide medicinal benefits. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, and lignans (beneficial plant compounds), recent studies show flaxseeds may help reduce belly fat and lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. For better absorption of the nutrients, they are best used in their ground form.
Chai seeds were used long ago by Mayan and Aztec cultures to boost energy. They have hydrophilic properties, (able to absorb more than 10 times its weigh in water) therefore can prolong hydration, helping retain moisture and regulate more efficiently the body’s absorption of nutrients and body fluids, including electrolyte balance. They are gluten/grain free naturally and one tablespoon of Chia Seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk. They are also an excellent source of antioxidant and fibre. They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 containing more than salmon, this fat protecting against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease. Chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar and thus leading scientists to believe chia seeds may have great benefits for diabetics.
So as you can see by combining a mixture of nuts and seeds into your diet you could benefit from many different vitamins and minerals and maybe protect yourself from some diseases.