|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 a lot of nutritionists 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.
Which of our seeds are a source of protein?:
Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseeds, sesame seeds, rape seeds and apricot kernels, whilst hemp seeds are high in protein, even more than other seeds
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.
Which of our seeds are high in fibre?: sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, rapeseeds, linseeds, and apricot kernels. Pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds are a source of fibre.
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.
Which of our seeds are high in zinc?: hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseeds, rapeseeds and sesame seeds
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 is 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 the 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.
Which of our seeds are high in niacin (vitamin B3): hemp seeds and sesame seeds. Sunflower seeds and linseeds are a source of niacin.
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 rapeseed 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.
Which of our seeds are high in thiamin (vitamin B1)?: sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a source of thiamin.
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.
Which of our seeds are high in vitamin E and zinc? Sunflower seeds and rapeseed. Sesame seeds are a source of vitamin E and high in zinc.
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.
Which of our seeds are high in riboflavin (vitamin B2) and zinc?: Pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds are both a source of riboflavin and high in zinc.
So, as you can see seeds are simply amazing little POWERHOUSES of goodness and as Lisa suggests, we should be eating them every day to layer in the goodness.
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