Making the healthiest nuts and seeds a part of your daily diet is a step in the right direction on how to prevent diseases. Like nuts, seeds are an important part of a healthy diet and should be eaten daily. Seeds are also a great source of protein, zinc, minerals, vitamins, monounsaturated fats (good for our heart) and other vital nutrients. They are also high in fiber. Many studies confirm that different types of seeds and nuts actually may prevent heart disease and other diseases. All the enzymes, vitamins and minerals that the body needs are found within the foods we eat. The art is to prepare the food to keep it all intact. Choose organic and raw seeds. Avoid roasted and irradiated seeds as they have lost much of their nutritional value. For optimum nutritious value sprout your seeds. The tiny seeds are packed with stored nutrients just waiting for the moisture to start the germination process. Germination is simply the birth and growth of a new plant.
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Tips on healthy living – 8 great seeds:
Health Benefits seeds – FLAX SEEDS – or linseeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds may provide anti-inflammatory benefits, protect your bones, protect against heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes. Eating flaxseeds also lowers blood pressure in men with high cholesterol. Flaxseeds are also rich in fiber and manganese and are a good source of folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous, copper and lignan phytonutrients. You’ll need to grind them up first (or purchase ground flaxseed) to gain the most nutritional benefits.
Health Benefits seeds – HEMP SEEDS – has been used by humans for hundreds of years. Hemp seed from plants that can be bought legally differs from cannabis plants that are illegal (marijuana). Marijuana contains high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive substance that gets one high. Legal hemp seed does not contain traceable amounts of THC. Hemp seeds are considered by leading researchers and medical doctors to be one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet. Hemp seed is a perfect protein supplement because it contains all the essential amino acids we need. No other single source of plant has all of these proteins that are so easily digested. Hemp seed is a great source of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 in the correct balance and it’s also a very good source of omega-9. These healthy fats are not stored in our bodies so we need daily supplements.
Health Benefits seeds – CHIA SEEDS – is in my opinion the number one seed – an amazing super food! Amazing amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, 5 times more calcium than whole milk (unhealthy), 13 times more magnesium than broccoli, 3 times more antioxidant power than fresh blueberries, more fiber than flaxseed, more protein than soy…, Great for your blood sugar, blood pressure, energy, cholesterol balance. Chia Seeds can absorb over 10 times their weight in water making them a great booster in hydrating our bodies. Good for digestion, joints and for the skin and very easy to digest.
Health Benefits seeds – SUNFLOWER SEEDS – contain high levels of vitamin E, betaine, phenolic acids and choline. Vitamin E may protect against cardiovascular disease, lignans may protect against some cancers, and choline has been shown to play a role in memory and cognitive functions. They are also among the best foods you can eat to get cholesterol-lowering phytosterols. They are easily digested and contain youth-protecting proteins.
Health Benefits seeds – ALFALFA SEEDS – are high in protein, calcium plus other minerals. Also contains vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, D, E and K vitamin. Alfalfa is a great supplementary food for people with diabetes and anemia. It is helpful in extending appetite, contributes towards weight gain, and is also used for increased urination, indigestion and bladder disorders. Alfalfa is also regarded as a helpful dietary supplement for increasing breast milk, to lessen problems with premenstrual syndrome and for lowering blood cholesterol levels.
Health Benefits seeds – MUSTARD SEEDS – (White,Black and Brown) are known to have anti-microbial effects. They can damage most food borne pathogens effectively. A compound found in mustard seeds, Isothiocyanates, has been found to stop the growth of cancer cells. Contain Selenium that is high anti-inflammatory. High content of magnesium helps people with high blood pressure, asthma and may give relief from certain symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis. Mustard seeds may help menopausal women having trouble in sleeping. Mustard is also said to be good for increasing metabolism. They are excellent for digestion. Mustard seeds can also give relief from migraine.
Health Benefits seeds – SESAME SEEDS – have large amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc, fiber, iron, B1 and phosphorus. Sesame seeds are unique in their chemical structure and possess critical cholesterol-fighting fibers known as lignans. Studies show that these seeds can protect the liver from damage and lower blood pressure. Sesame seeds also may help prevent arthritis, asthma, migraine headaches, menopause, osteoporosis and PMS.
Health Benefits seeds – PUMPKIN SEEDS – studies have shown that the content of pumpkin seeds may stop the activation of cancerous behavior in prostate cells. Pumpkin seeds are high in carotenoids, a special plant derivative that boost immune activity and disease fighting contents. Pumpkin seeds are also high in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, two influential nutrients that may play a role in blocking osteoporosis inflammation and arthritis. Finally, pumpkin seed are high in phytosterols, plant components that assist in keeping stable levels of cholesterol, increased immune response, and also cancer-fighting attributes.
A great combination – mix seeds and nuts!
You can use seeds to mix into breads, pasta, rice, smoothies, salads, oatmeal – use your fantasy.
When you realize the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how to prevent diseases, even how to reverse diseases, you will be motivated to continue living a healthy lifestyle.
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