Seeds: So Much More Than a Tasty Snack
Eating seeds isn’t just for the birds. Our clever avian friends have been reaping the health benefits long before people learned how beneficial seeds are.
For foods that come in such a small package, seeds pack a mighty punch. Unlike factory-produced vitamins and minerals, seeds come directly from plants – they’re young plants wrapped in a protective coating (but chock-full of many health benefits!).
Seeds provide a combination of phytonutrients (natural nutrients that come from plants) and antioxidants (substances that protect cells against damage from free radicals). Good nutrients and protective substances make for a snack that does wonders for the body.
LOVE ME SOME crackers use four types of seeds, each with their own benefits.
- Pumpkin seeds are sources of magnesium, monounsaturated fats and zinc .
- Sunflower seeds contain protein, monounsaturated fats, and vitamin E.
- Flaxseed offers fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and more.
- Sesame seeds are another awesome source for lignans and omega-6 fatty acids.
Vitamins and minerals help with hundreds of functions inside the body from sending messages from the brain to regulating your blood pressure.
What You Eat is Important
Your body needs healthy fats. Fats can help you absorb certain phytonutrients, so fewer nutrients go to waste. Monounsaturated fatty acids can help improve the function of your blood vessels, benefit your insulin levels, and help you control your blood sugar. Both omega-3 and omega-6 are healthy unsaturated fats. Omega-3 helps keep the immune system healthy and helps lower your risk of heart disease. Omega-6 helps promote immune health.
Have you ever tried to drive a car without gas? Protein is the fuel that gives your cells what they need to power the day. It helps build bones, muscles, cartilage, and skin and repairs damaged body tissues, helps red blood cells bring oxygen throughout the body, assists in digestion, and regulates hormones.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that’s healthy for vision, reproduction, and the health of the blood, brain, and skin. It works with vitamins A, D, and K to keep your nervous system in top shape and is also considered an antioxidant.
Most fiber-containing foods are good sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s made of the structural part of the seed (or plant) that the body can’t digest. It can help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar levels, keep you fuller longer, and relieve constipation.
Lignans are chemicals found in plant cells that are a type of phytoestrogens. They have many health benefits including benefits to the cardiovascular and immune systems.
Get Those Health Benefits!
There are so many benefits found in each seed, it’s no wonder our feathered friends eat them up quickly. LOVE ME SOME is here to make sure you get all the goodness from seeds that you need in a day.
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