Nature has got a storehouse of resources to help us improve our lifestyle. We may not be aware of all the plants and their benefits. Still, the ones that are known to us and can be of great help to us should certainly be a part of our regime. Apart from fruits and vegetables, some seeds too can be extremely beneficial for us. Seeds are a powerhouse of antioxidants and have dietary fibers, protein and healthy fats in them. They are nature’s best storehouse and can be wisely included by us in our lifestyle.
Let’s know about the most important seeds around us –
Hemp seeds are truly a storehouse of some immensely beneficial nutrients. It’s perfectly balanced with omega-6 to omega-3 oil ratio particularly gamma-linolenic acid (or GLA). It is a fantastic source of magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Magnesium is very good for your bone health, it powers our enzymes thus giving us the source of energy. Zinc is needed for the body’s immune system to work perfectly. Iron we all know is present in our blood from childhood and is crucial to send oxygen from lungs. As this seed is a rich source of protein it promotes hair and skin health.
45 calories per 1 tsp, 3 g fat, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein
This is the perfect phytochemical-rich food. They are an excellent source of Vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant, selenium and copper, all crucial elements to support your health.
It helps to reduce the risk of heart attacks, migraine headaches, lower high blood pressure.
These seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, fiber, phosphorus. It contains linoleic acid ( Omega 3 fatty acid).
It helps you to fight against cholesterol. Studies show that it reduces blood pressure, and protects your liver. As it has a high percentage of zinc, it strengthens hair, skin, muscles and also reduces signs of premature aging.
50 calories in 1 tsp, 5 g fat, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein
Pumpkin seeds known as pepitas are high in form of antioxidants known as carotenoids. They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iron. It helps to maintain high energy levels.
Regular consumption boosts your immunity, lower bad cholesterol, reduce diabetes, keep your anxiety at bay, makes male prostate health better.
80 calories in 1 tsp, 8 g fat, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein
Pomegranate seeds are considered as nature’s sweet nectar. The juicy seeds help you to reduce your excess flab. It’s packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C and helps to reduce fat.
80 calories 1/2 cup, 2 grams fat, 4 g fiber, 2 g fiber
Wheat germ helps to boost the immune system by fighting with the number of diseases. It improves heart health. It has antioxidants which destroy free radicals. It has anti-aging properties as it is packed with nutrients and vitamins. It makes your stomach happy by aiding good digestion. It boosts metabolic function and research shows that it reduces stress levels as well.
26 calories per 1 tbsp, 1 g fat, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein
7. Flax Seeds –
Do you need a seed for weight loss? Then try this as it helps in healthy bowel functioning, reduces appetite and thus aids in weight loss. It reduces cholesterol, aids heart health, stabilizes blood sugar levels and reduces cancer risks. It has lignans and Omega-3 fatty acid that reduces inflammation. These seeds are helpful for eye health as well.
50 calories per 1 tbsp, 5 g fat, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein
Cumin seeds popularly known as Jeera in India is a widely used spice for making curries and gravies. Add this wonderful seed to your dishes and reap its benefits. It is widely known for aiding in digestion. Just having two teaspoon of cumin gives you 15% of your recommended iron intake which reduces the risk of any cognitive disease. It contains Vitamin C and boosts the immune system, helps in treating insomnia, has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It also contains phosphorus which helps our body to detoxify on its own. Cumin promotes skin health and also helps to prevent diabetes.
Next time when you add cumin in your curries, know that are getting so many benefits out of it.
A seed which is gaining popularity every day. These small seeds are packed with fiber, protein, nutrient oils, antioxidants, and calcium. Consumption of this seed can reduce your joint pain, keep your digestive system happy, and help you to reduce weight. Chia seeds tend to absorb much more water than its actual weight and thus keeps your tummy fuller within fewer calories. It also improves your brain health, diabetes is also curbed, liver health is increased. It can be included in your breakfast recipes and will keep you going for long hours!
70 calories per 1 tbsp, 5 g fat, 5 g fiber, 3 g protein
Do include these seeds in your daily regime and feel the difference. Small changes can go a long way in making you healthier. Do let us know your thoughts on these seeds!
Article- Debolina Ghosh
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