SEEDsons Greetings: The Benefits of Adding Seeds to Your Diet
If you think about it, how does a plant become a plant? It starts as a seed, containing all of the necessary materials needed to develop into a complex plant. Seeds are extremely nutritious and great sources of fiber.
They contain healthy monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and when consumed as part of a healthy diet, seeds can help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.
We’ve selected four of the healthiest seeds you should incorporate into your diet ASAP!
Flax seeds are an excellent source of fiber, omega-3 fats, lignans and other nutrients. Evidence has shown flax seeds may reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and even the risk of cancer.
Hemp seeds are one of the few plants that are complete protein sources, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids that your body can’t make. Hemp seed oil may help reduce symptoms of eczema and other chronic inflammatory conditions.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the most commonly consumed types of seeds and are good sources of phosphorus, monounsaturated fats and omega-6 fats. Pumpkin seeds may also help improve heart health and symptoms of urinary disorders.
Eating chia seeds is perhaps the easiest way to get omega-3 fatty acids, which are super important to brain health. Chia seeds are high in calcium, which is very helpful to those with bone issues, like osteoporosis. They are effective at lowering blood sugar and reducing risk factors for heart disease.
Seeds are extremely easy to include in your diet. Grab a handful as a snack, toss some in your salad for a healthy crunch, or add some to your morning smoothie/oatmeal/yogurt. The options are endless! Here are some of our favorite seed-filled products:
SEEDsons Greetings from St. Eden!