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5 Healthy Seeds You Must Eat for Good Health

Shivam Dwivedi
Shivam Dwivedi
Healthy Seeds

Seeds are good sources of plant-based protein, fiber and healthy fats. The impact of these tiny seeds on your body are massive. Seeds are loaded with many minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus which are helpful in maintaining good health. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of five major seeds:

List of Healthy Seeds:

Below we have mentioned about some very healthy seeds;

1. Chia Seeds: 

Chia seeds are an excellent plant-based source of omega-3 fats, or alpha linolenic acid. The benefit of chia seeds is that they absorb up to ten times the amount of water that they’re put in. So you can turn them into a gel and use it as a vegan egg substitute. Chia seeds may also help reduce blood sugar. A couple of studies have shown that whole and ground chia seeds are equally effective for reducing blood sugar immediately after a meal. 

Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds

2. Flaxseeds:

Flaxseeds or linseeds are loaded with fiber, protein and potassium. Flaxseeds also contain a number of different polyphenols, especially lignans, which act as important antioxidants in the body. Flaxseeds helps in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol. A couple of studies have shown that eating flaxseeds may reduce markers of tumor growth and may also reduce cancer risk. 

Flax Seeds
Flax Seeds

3. Pumpkin Seeds:

Pumpkin seeds are one of the most widely used seeds, and are good sources of phosphorus, monounsaturated fats and omega-6 fats. They are also good sources of phytosterols, which are plant compounds that may help lower blood cholesterol. A couple of studies have shown that pumpkin seed oil can improve symptoms of prostate and urinary disorders. These studies also showed that pumpkin seed oil may reduce symptoms of overactive bladder and improve quality of life for men with enlarged prostates.

Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds

4. Sunflower seeds:

Sunflower seeds have a good amount of minerals, B vitamins and antioxidants like vitamin E and selenium. These seeds are also associated with reduced inflammation in middle-aged and older people, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Sunflower seeds contain high levels of monounsaturated and omega-6 fats, helps in reducing inflammation and cholesterol levels.

Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower Seeds

5. Sesame Seeds:

In addition to the minerals and fibers, sesame seeds are high in selenium, an antioxidant that helps in reducing the risks of chronic disease. Sesame seeds may also help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which can worsen symptoms of many disorders, including arthritis.

Seeds are of immense biological and health importance. Seeds may be small, but they are calorie- rich, too.  A spoonful of seeds each day is enough to reap the benefits. Also seeds are extremely easy to add to salads, yogurt, oatmeal and smoothies, and can be an easy way to add healthy nutrients to your diet.

Plant a seed. Watch it grow. Eat a seed. Reap the health benefits.

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