Healthy Seeds You Need in Your Diet
By Sara Butler
Seeds have everything they need to turn into beautiful and complex plants. Because of this fact, they’re incredibly nutritious. Seeds also happen to be a great source of fiber, polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and other important antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
Seeds as part of a healthy diet can have a big impact on your health. They can reduce blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Here are a few seeds that you should consider adding to your diet and how they can help be a cornerstone to good health and wellness.
Flaxseeds are pretty popular, but for good reason. Also referred to as linseeds, flaxseeds are a great source of omega-3 fats and fiber. They’re especially high in something called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is particularly good for your vision.
Due to their rather tough outer shell, flaxseeds can be difficult to digest. So, when you eat flaxseeds it’s a good idea to eat them ground. That will make it easier for your body to absorb all the good stuff in them.
Chia seeds are for more than just a Chia Pet. They’re similar to flaxseeds due to the fact that they’re packed with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids that help to combat inflammation. They have been found in some studies to help lower blood sugar and reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease. So, when in doubt, throw a few chia seeds on it!
Open sesame -- seeds, that is! These seeds are probably not unfamiliar to you, but they can be used for far more than just a garnish on a bun. Sesame seeds have a large nutritional profile, supplying you with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Its antioxidants are interesting, since they can help to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the most common types of seeds people eat, so chances are you’ve seen them around if you haven’t tried them yet. These seeds are good for you because they’re full of omega-6 fatty acids and phosphorus. These nutrients can help support a healthy heart and help with urinary disorders.
Seeds are a great source of many things your body needs to stay healthy and strong, so try incorporating more into your diet. They're portable, easy to eat, and taste delicious, so you don't have an excuse to skip them!
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