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Seeds are Small in Size But Big on Health Benefits

 

Easily available to purchase from health stores, bakeries and even supermarkets, we just love to include these different seeds in our everyday diet.

The image below shows all the jars of seeds that sit on my pantry shelf and get used all the time.

  • One way is to add plenty of seeds to your own homemade muesli along with oats, some dried fruits and a dash of cinnamon.
  • You can also grind the seeds to a finer texture and add to your oatmeal when making porridge with a spoonful of maple syrup or raw honey for sweetness if required.
  • And a third suggestion is to include seeds, nuts, oatmeal, butter and some brown sugar when making a topping for a fruit crumble.  Here is the recipe...

You will need:

4 tablespoons of flour; 3 ounces butter; 3 ounces of soft brown sugar; 2 ounces of rolled oats and 2 ounces of nuts and seeds.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C and place cut up fresh fruit of choice in oven-proof dish.  In a food processor, combine all your crumble topping ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture to spread over the fruit.  Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until the top is golden and the fruit mix is bubbly.

 

PUMPKIN SEEDS

These are high in protein, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, copper, B vitamins, vitamin K and vitamin E.  Including them in your diet helps to protect against osteoporosis.  Pumpkin is the most alkaline-forming seed, helping to fight chronic disease.

SESAME SEEDS

Rich in calcium and phosphorous which helps to promote bone health.  These seeds are high in antioxidants and manganese, helping to neutralize free radicals.  The presence of zinc promotes bone health while helping to prevent osteoporosis.  These seeds will also help to ease stress and reduce hypertension.

HEMP SEEDS

These provide a complete protein.  They contain the essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3 and are a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber.  They are also a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E.

CHIA SEEDS

Rich in calcium and phosphorous to promote bone health while the fiber content promotes digestive health.  Then there are Omega-3s to reduce inflammation, antioxidants to neutralize free radicals and being high in protein helps to regulate insulin levels.

SUNFLOWER SEEDS

These seeds from the much loved sunshine flower have plenty of vitamin E to neutralize free radicals.  In addition, there is selenium to induce DNA repair; magnesium to build strong bones and help lower blood pressure, decrease muscle tension, migraine headaches, soreness and fatigue.

FLAX SEEDS

Flax seeds are thought to possibly help lower blood pressure.  In addition, omega 3s reduce inflammation, ALA promotes bone health, fiber and lignans help promote digestive health while lignars are thought to have a role in serious disease prevention.

 

AN IMPORTANT POINT TO REMEMBER

Try to choose organic when buying your seed selection.  This is because, with their high fat content, seeds soak up pesticides like little sponges.