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We humans I tell you. We do not even leave the smallest of things on this planet untested. And thank God we did! Otherwise how would we have known that seeds of certain plants can be eaten too? Not only do they taste good, they also have many benefits. These edible seeds help in maintaining the overall health of our body. Some of these seeds can be eaten as snacks whereas some are eaten mixed with other ingredients in our diet. But it is advisable to include these seeds with planning. Seeds are known to have proteins, complex carbohydrates, fibre and healthy fats. Let us take a look at some of the edible seeds which help in strengthening our immune system.
Rich! Yes you heard me right. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, magnesium, vitamin E, phosphorous and manganese. These seeds are also a good source of antioxidants as these contain vitamin E, zinc and manganese. Pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed oil help in insulin regulation in diabetic patients. They are known to have antiviral, anti microbial, anti fungal and anti bacterial properties. Wow! Whole lot of properties, isn’t it?
Flax seeds need to be grounded to be consumed. It is rich in fibre, lignin which helps as it act as an estrogenic compound and an antioxidant. It also contains omega 3 essential fatty acids. According to researchers, flax seeds prevent cancer, heart diseases and lung diseases. Flax seeds help maintain your cholesterol level. The hot flashes that women usually come across can be controlled by mixing grounded flax seeds to juices or cereals.
Rich in copper, sesame seeds contain a good amount of oil. They are rich in calcium too. Sesame seeds are of two types – black and white. Sesame helps in lowering high blood pressure and maintaining your cholesterol level. Being rich in copper, sesame helps in relieving rheumatoid arthritis. It helps in preventing migraine attacks and reduces PMS symptoms. It also takes care of the bones.
Want to stay fit? Have a handful of these sunflower seeds daily. These seeds help in maintaining cholesterol levels, keep your muscles, cardiac muscles and brain active and reduce anxiety. Like the other edible seeds, these also act as antioxidants. These can also be counted as healthy snacks.
Good news! Chia seeds help you get slimmer as these contain proteins and fibre. It controls your blood sugar level and reduces the risk of heart diseases. Chia seeds are also known to maintain good bone health.
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