Did you know pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid, tryptophan, which can help alleviate anxiety issues? Did you know one ounce of flaxseed oil, 250 calories, packs about 15,000mg of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which helps lower depression? And did you know chia seeds are high in fiber and protein, which helps in weight loss? So, if you are not eating seeds, there is a lot you are missing out on. Apart from fatty acids, fiber and protein, seeds also contain loads of antioxidants, vitamins and much more. These five health benefits that you can get from eating seeds could possibly encourage you to incorporate some into your next meal!
Chia seeds contain high amounts of antioxidants that provide numerous health benefits, including anti-aging, improving cellular health and hormonal balance. Apart from chia seeds, flax seeds are also packed with antioxidants, which fight the production of free radicals that can damage molecules in cells and contribute to the aging process and several diseases, including cancer.
Chia, flax and hemp are all high in fiber, low in carbohydrates. Seeds containing fiber provides numerous health benefits such as maintaining a healthy weight, lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and preventing or relieving constipation. Almost all the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fiber, and its true carbohydrate content is only about a gram per ounce. Also, chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, thus expanding in your stomach, increasing fullness and encouraging you to eat fewer calories. In addition, flax seeds contain very high amounts of both soluble and insoluble fiber that helps support colon detoxification, fat loss and reduce sugar cravings.
The soluble fiber content of flax seeds can trap fat and cholesterol in the digestive system. Moreover, it traps bile, which is excreted, thereby forcing the body to use the cholesterol in the blood to make more, and as a result, lower cholesterol levels.
Healthy Skin and Hair
Flax seed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid and Vitamin B, which can help reduce dryness and flakiness of the scalp. Furthermore, it can help improve symptoms of acne, rosacea, and eczema on the skin.
Found in hemp seed oil, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, sterols can help improve immunity and also help control cholesterol levels. Furthermore, consuming these seeds naturally help increase your intake of dietary fiber.
Incorporating some of these seeds in your meals can be as easy as adding a tablespoon of chia seeds into your fruit juice or cooking your chicken with some pumpkin seeds; professional athletes love it and so could you. These seeds are so small and virtually tasteless that you will probably not even know there are there! For ideas for a main course or snacks instead, check out 5 simple healthy meals and 200 calories or less yoghurty, chocolaty and fruity snacks.
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