Health benefits of super seeds

Lifestyle Saturday 19/March/2016 20:12 PM
By: Times News Service
Health benefits of super seeds

It is said best things always come in small packages. Packed with healthy fats, protein, fibre, and lots of minerals and vitamins, these seeds have many health benefits.
Hemp Seeds
Packed with protein, hemp seeds are good for the hair and skin. They are also rich in antioxidants, fibre, various minerals such as zinc, and many vitamins. They have all the essential omega-3 and 6 fatty acids needed by the human body. You can add them to your smoothies, cereals, oatmeal, and salads. It can also be blended with water to make a nice milk substitute. It helps with muscle regenerations, reduces inflammation, wards off heart disease, and improves immune system function.
Chia Seeds
High in iron, folate, calcium, and magnesium, chia seeds have loads of fibre too. It is said they have more iron than spinach, more potassium than bananas, and more antioxidant than blueberries.
They contain more calcium than milk too. Soak them in water or juice for about 10 to 15 minutes results in a gelatinous liquid. You can also add them to smoothies, or use as an egg or oil replacement in baked goods recipes. Good for joint pain and inflammation.
Sunflower Seeds
An excellent source of folate and vitamin E, sunflower seeds are a perfect snack and are a powerful antioxidant. They can be eaten raw or toasted, put on salads, or in breads. Sunflower-seed butter is also a great substitute for butter. It helps to keep one focused and alert.
Sesame Seeds
High in antioxidants and rich in protein, sesame seeds are a great source of zinc. They are rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Add them to stir fry, in sushi rolls, or on salad. Tahini, is made from sesame seeds.
Pumpkin Seeds
A great source of iron, zinc, B vitamins, magnesium and protein, pumpkin seeds make a tasty snack too whether you roast them or toast them. If you prefer a salty snack, boil them in salty water before you dry them. You can also grind them and add to baked dishes. Add protein, iron, zinc and especially magnesium to your diet by having these seeds. It helps to stabilise blood pressure, assists in bone strength and even reduces stress.
Flax Seeds
A great source of soluble fibre, flax lowers cholesterol and makes you feel full longer. These seeds are also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for brain health. As well, they are associated with boosting eye health, as they can lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Studies show flax may help prevent certain cancers. [email protected]