By now we all know we get tons of nutrients by eating our fruits and vegetables, but are we embracing seeds as we should, for all the wonderful health benefits they offer? Let’s take this morning to look at some of these and see how we can incorporate them into our body “gardens”.
First, let’s say open SESAME: Sesame seeds are a great source of copper, calcium and magnesium. Copper may provide arthritis relief and calcium and magnesium can lower blood pressure and protect against osteoporosis.
And from the beautiful sunflower, we get the SUNFLOWER seed which also give us some copper and selenium which protects our muscles. Please, protect your muscles, especially if you workout a lot! I will be adding more of these to my life, immediately! They are also a great source of vitamin E, which is both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. Win, win.
Another familiar seed, the PUMPKIN. Rich in protein minerals including manganese, iron, copper and zinc, along with anti-inflammatory properties they are also high in iron, copper and zinc. They are believed to promote prostate health and strengthen bones.
FLAXSEED has done a good job of making it’s way to the mainstream. With alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat that also promotes bone and heart health it also aids in reduction of inflammation. Additionally, it is shown to positively impact blood cholesterol and who of us doesn’t want that?! Look for an already ground version of the seed which is much easier to digest and be absorbed by our bodies.
Here is one I have never heard of…the SACHA INCHI. Along with omega-3s it contains the amino acid, tryptophan, which can help control appetite and aid with sleep. They are also a great source of protein. Look for these at your local health food store.
And last, but definitely not least….chi chi chi CHIA. Yup, those very same seeds that make the chia pets turn out to be a wealth of health. This little guy is also high in omega-3 fatty acids. They are quite small and they can be left whole or ground. Adding them to your hot or cold cereal or yogurt to get a boost of fiber, calcium and protein. I have been known to sprinkle them over my popcorn…or google them to find some funny recipes like chia pudding!
I’ll be sure to be putting seeds on the VFT dinner table tonight. They can be sprinkled on salads (or almost anywhere you can imagine), used in shakes and trail mixes, or eaten out of the palm of your hand. However you get em, make sure to get em. Just like in the garden, your seeds will do beautiful things for your body and your health!