Seeds for life!

Now- days, we get to hear a lot of different types of seeds which are available in the markets. These are the power house for many nutrients. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Each seed has its own benefit. You can add them in food, salads, soups, buttermilk ,mukhvas or just garnish desserts with it. These seeds are added to many processed foods like multigrain bread, chikki, chivdas etc to add nutritional value to this food. I would like to share some health benefits of these seeds:

  1. Watermelon seeds:
  • It is low in calories. A large handful of watermelon seeds weighs about 4 grams, which contains about 56 seeds and just 22 calories.
  • It is a very rich source of magnesium, iron, folate.
  • They also contain good source of fats. According to the American Heart Association,  these fats are useful in protecting against heart attack and stroke, and lowering levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood.
  1. Flaxseeds:
  • These are commonly known as ‘alsi’ in hindi.
  • It is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids which makes it heart healthy reducing cholesterol.
  • It is a good source of proteins too. Moreover, It is a good source of fiber and lignans too which helps in better digestion and relieves you from constipation and also helps in regularizing the blood sugars. 2 tbsp of flaxseeds is highly recommended for good results.
  1. Sunflower seeds:
  • This seeds contain phytosterols (chemical compounds similar to cholesterol) which are known to reduce cholesterol levels.
  • It’s an excellent source of magnesium which helps in muscle relaxation and also reduces blood pressure.
  • It is also a good source of selenium (trace mineral) which is a powerful antioxidant and known to fight against cancers.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties too which helps in fighting arthritis.
  • It is recommended to take during PMS as it has an ability to regulate estrogen in the body.
  1. Pumpkin seeds:
  • It has a good quality protein.
  • They are a good source of MUFA (good fat) which lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in the blood.
  • It also carries good amount of Vitamin E and manganese which is an antioxidant and helps in killing free radicals in the body.
  • Zinc in this seeds help in boosting immunity, regulates insulin, helps in cell growth and division.

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