Top 10 Healthiest Seeds

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Seeds are filled with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes.  The best way to eat seeds to acquire its full nutrition is to eat them raw. Once they are exposed to heat, they produce toxic substances and the vitamin, mineral and essential oil profiles become structurally changed. By roasting a seed, its classification moves from a living food to a dead food. There is no seed on earth that can withstand roasting or heating without breaking down its nutritional components. Always eat seeds naturally…eat them raw.  It is okay for seeds to be soaked, ground or mashed (i.e. tahini), especially if a seed’s shell or coat is too difficult to pierce with the teeth.

– Choose raw and unsalted seeds
– Avoid coated or roasted seeds
– Avoid sugar-coated seeds

The 10 Healthiest Seeds on Earth

1) CHIA SEEDS

Serving Size = 1 teaspoon

Consider these facts about Chia seeds:

  • 2.5 times more protein than kidney beans
  • 3 times the antioxidant strength of blueberries
  • 3 times more iron than spinach
  • 6 times more calcium than milk
  • 7 times more vitamin C than oranges
  • 8 times more omega-3 than salmon
  • 10 times more fiber than rice
  • 15 times more magnesium than broccoli

The seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals, are an excellent source of fiber, protein and antioxidants, and are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Consumption of chia seeds could help reduce joint pain, aid in weight loss, deliver an energy boost and protect against serious ailments such as diabetes and heart disease. The seeds are gluten-free, which also makes them appealing to people with celiac disease or an aversion to gluten.

Chia Seeds have been associated with heart and liver protection due to its alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).  IT is definitely considered to be a superfood.

2) HEMP SEEDS

Serving Size = 1 Tablespoon

Hemp contains:

  • All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
  • Strengthens immunity and fends off toxins.
  • Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases.  Hemp seeds have been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.3
  • Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
  • Excellent for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
  • A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
  • A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
  • The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.

Eating hemp seeds gives the body all the essential amino acids required to maintain health, and provides the necessary kinds and amounts of amino acids the body needs to make human serum albumin and serum globulins like the immune enhancing gamma globulins. Eating hemp seeds could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed was used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.

3) POMEGRANATE SEEDS 

Serving Size = 1/2 Cup

Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants. Therefore, it helps to protect your body’s cells from free radicals, which cause premature aging. In simple words, pomegranate juice pumps the level of oxygen in your blood. The antioxidants fight free radicals and prevents blood clots. This eventually helps the blood to flow freely in your body in turn improving the oxygen levels in your blood.

Pomegranates are especially high in polyphenols, a form of antioxidant purported to help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. In fact, pomegranate juice has higher antioxidant activity than green tea and red wine.

The pomegranate, with its edible seeds inside juicy sacs, is high in vitamin C and potassium, low in calories and a good source of fiber.

Pomegranates prevent the hardening of the artery walls with excess fat, leaving your arteries fat free and pumping with antioxidants.

Pomegranates can also reduce the damage on the cartilage for those with arthritis. This fruit has the ability to lessen the inflammation and fights the enzymes that destroy the cartilage.

4) FLAX SEEDS

Serving Size = 1-2 teaspoon (ground)

Dietary fiber from flaxseed suppresses rises in blood levels of lipids after a meal and suppresses appetite.

The main health benefits of flax seed are due to its rich content of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), dietary fiber, and lignans and has been known to block tumor growth in animals and may help to reduce cancer risks in humans.

Lignans are phytoestrogens, plant compounds that have estrogen-like effects and antioxidant properties. Phytoestrogens help to stabilize hormonal levels, reducing the symptoms of PMS and menopause, and potentially reducing the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer.

The fiber in flax seed promotes healthy bowel function. One tablespoon of whole flax seed contains as much fiber as half a cup of cooked oat bran. Flax’s soluble fibers can lower blood cholesterol levels, helping reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Ground flax seed provides more nutritional benefits than does the whole seed. Grind the seeds at home using a coffee grinder or blender, and add them to cereals, baked goods and smoothies.

5) PUMPKIN SEEDS

Serving Size = 1/2 Cup

Pumpkin seeds are the only seed that is alkaline-forming.

Pumpkin seeds are a good source for vitamin B like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates.

Pumpkin seeds can help fight depression. The chemical component L-tryptophan is the secret ingredient to boost your mood.

Pumpkin seeds can help prevent certain kidney stone formations like calcium oxalate kidney stone.

Pumpkin seeds even hold the secret to fighting parasites, especially tapeworms.

6) APRICOT SEEDS

Serving Size = 1/4 Cup

Apricot kernels are, like most nuts and seeds, very nutritious. Among the nutrients they contain is one called amygdalin, which is also known as vitamin B17. This attacks cancer cells, and thus can help prevent cancer from breaking out in our bodies.

Apart from apricot kernels, examples of other amygdalin rich foods are bitter almonds (amygdalin tastes bitter – sweet almonds do not contain it, and apricot kernels that are not bitter do not contain it).  Other foods containing amygdalin are apple pips, grape seeds, millet, broad beans, most berries, cassava and many other seeds, beans, pulses and grains, but not ones that have been highly hybridized.

7) SESAME SEEDS

Serving Size = 1/4 Cup

Sesame seeds a very good source of manganese and copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber.

Sesame seeds also contain two unique substances:  sesamin and sesamolinBoth of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals.

Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

8) SUNFLOWER SEEDS

Serving Size = 1/4 Cup

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol.

Sesame seeds have some of the highest total phytosterol content of seeds. Phytosterols are compounds found in plants that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol, and when present in the diet in sufficient amounts, are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers.

Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium. Numerous studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

9) CUMIN SEEDS

Serving Size = 1 Tablespoon

Cumin is useful for digestive disorders and even as an antiseptic. The seeds themselves are rich in iron and help boost the power of the liver.

Cumin also helps relieve symptoms of common cold. If you have a sore throat, try adding some dry ginger to cumin water, to help soothe it. Cumin juice makes for a great tonic for the body even if you don’t have a specific ailment. It is said to increase the heat in the body thus making metabolism more efficient.

It is also considered to be a powerful kidney and liver herb which can help boost the immune system. It’s also believed that black cumin seeds can treat asthma and arthritis.

10) GRAPE SEEDS

Serving Size = 1-2 Tablespoon

Grape seeds have a great concentration of vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and polyphenols.

Grape seed extract may prevent heart diseases by inhibiting platelet aggregation and reducing inflammation.

Grape seeds can also reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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