By including seeds in your weekly diet, the natural fibre, iron, protein, good fats, vitamins, and minerals they contain contribute to a wide range of potential health benefits.
Seeds are simply amazing little POWERHOUSES of goodness and eating seeds regularly will only help them layer in the goodness. Here’s how:
- Energy production
Seeds can be a tremendous source of good energy especially those that contain good levels of Vitamin B3, which is also known as niacin, a natural nutrient that supports the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. So if you are flagging and feeling a bit snoozy think about boosting your B’s.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.