Eat more seeds!
OK, so we might be just a little biased, but there are SO many good reasons why you should be eating more seeds. You don’t just have to take our word for it, we asked top nutritional therapist, the lovely Lisa Blair, to give us the low down on why they are so good for you. Here are 10 great reasons why you should be eating more of them:
1. Source of protein
Think about protein being a bit like building blocks – it is what you are made of. It’s needed to help you grow muscle mass and maintain normal bones.
2. High fibre
Is a really important part of a healthy diet and the fact is that most people do not eat enough of it – not nearly! Did you know, you can only get fibre from plant-based foods and that seeds are a great natural source of this.
3. Beauty maintenance
The mineral zinc plays a role in maintaining normal skin, hair and nails…and guess what…you would have to work hard to find a food that is a better source of zinc than pumpkin seeds….yes indeedy.
4. Brain performance
There are loads of nutrients that are important for the brain and nervous system. Many of the B vitamins play a role, but we are going to single out superstar vitamin B5, which is also known as pantothenic acid. This key nutrient contributes to normal mental performance – so for the brain it’s simple, eat seeds.
Which of our seeds are high in pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)?: sesame seeds
5. Bone maintenance
We all know that calcium is important for bone health but that’s only a small part of the picture. There are a host of other nutrients that contribute to the maintenance of normal bones such as phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and manganese. Which all happen to be nutrients found in abundance in …….seeds.
Which of our seeds are high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and manganese?: sesame seeds are high in all of these nutrients. Rapeseed and hemp seeds are high in most of these minerals including calcium, manganese and zinc in rapeseed, and phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and manganese in hemp seeds.
6. Energy production
When we are talking about energy we are back to the B’s again. Vitamin B3, which is also known as niacin, supports the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. So if you are flagging and feeling a bit snoozy think about boosting your B’s.
7. Immune system
We need our immune systems to be tip top to help us fight off all those coughs and sneezes. Vitamin B6, folate, iron and zinc are a fab nutrients and minerals that help to keep your immune system working normally.
Which of our seeds are high in vitamin B6, folate, zinc and iron: sesame seeds contain all these nutrients. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and rapeseeds are high in the two minerals zinc and iron whilst rapeseeds and linseeds are also a source of vitamin B6.
8. Heart function
Your heart is the hardest working muscle in your body. It beats more than 2.5 billion times during an average lifetime. You can support your heart with vitamin B1, which is also known as thiamin, a nutrient that contributes to the normal function of the heart.
9. Cell protection
There are certain nutrients that according to the scientists protect cells from oxidative stress. Let’s face it nobody likes to be stressed and we are sure that your cells don’t like it either! Vitamin E and the mineral zinc play a role in protecting cells from this type of stress.
10. Vision support
We have all heard that carrots can help you see in the dark. But did you know that some of our seeds could play a role in helping you to see too? It’s because they contain high levels of vitamin B2, which is also known as riboflavin, and zinc which both support normal vision.
So, as you can see seeds are simply amazing little POWERHOUSES of goodness and as Lisa suggests, we should be eating them everyday to layer in the goodness.