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Seeds
Under the right conditions, seeds may lay dormant for thousands of years and still remain viable to sprout and produce a plant. Hence Seeds are nature’s way of perpetuating the life.


Seeds are the "eggs" that contain the nutrients needed to nourish the growth of a new plant. So their high nutrient content shouldn't come as a surprise. What's surprising is that we generally relegate these nutritional wonders to the occasional snack rather than making them staples of our diet.
With their gold mine of healthy minerals and their niacin and folic-acid contents, seeds are an excellent nutrition package. They are among the better plant sources of iron and zinc. In fact, one ounce of pumpkin seeds contains almost twice as much iron as three ounces of skinless chicken breast. And they provide more fiber per ounce than nuts. They are also good sources of protein. Sesame seeds are a surprising source of the bone-building mineral calcium and a rich source of vitamin E.

The only drawback is that some seeds are quite high in fat. Sunflower and sesame seeds provide about 80 percent of their calories as fat, although the fat is mostly of the heart-smart unsaturated variety.

Some seeds that have grabbed attention in recent years:
Flax Seed: It is very low in carbohydrates, making it ideal for people who limit their intake of starches and sugars. And its combination of healthy fat and high fiber content make it a great food for weight loss and maintenance. Flax seed is high in most of the B vitamins, magnesium, and manganese. Flax Seed is Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and has higher content of fiber -- both soluble and insoluble that helps stabilize blood sugar, and, of course, promotes proper functioning of the intestines. Flax seed is high in phytochemicals, including many antioxidants. It is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones. There is evidence that lignans may promote fertility, reduce peri-menopausal symptoms, and possibly help prevent breast cancer. In addition, lignans may help prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Pumpkin Seeds:
Pumpkin seeds are not only delicious but also provide many health benefits. They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with an enlarged prostate. Pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function. They contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression. Because they are high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis. Pumpkin seeds effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs. They prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation. 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium. Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that reduces the level of LDL cholesterol and also protect against many cancers.

Sesame Seeds: Not only are sesame seeds a very good source of manganese and copper, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both 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.

Sunflower Seeds: Sunflower seeds are power-packed with healthy fats, proteins, fibers, minerals, vitamin E, and phytochemicals - all important to the nutritional quality of the diet and of fundamental importance to human health. They can be eaten raw or roasted and are available both hulled and unhulled. They contain high levels of vitamin E, choline, betaine, and phenolic acids. Vitamin E may protect against cardiovascular disease, lignans may protect against some cancers, and choline has been shown to play a role in memory and cognitive functions. They are also among the best foods you can eat to get cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.
 
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