Seeds have a high concentration of fiber, fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants because it has all the materials needed to make a larger plant. There are 6 seeds that hit the top of the list that have great benefits. Even though all seeds have similar components they can can have more of one thing then the other depending on the seed itself.
Flaxseeds – high in antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3 fats reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart disease. (Reduce cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.)
Chia Seeds – Increase ALA (omega-3) that helps reduce inflammation on top of having antioxidants and fiber similar to flaxseeds. (Can reduce appetite.)
Hemp Seeds – Have 8.8 grams of protein per 1oz serving, thats 30%. They are one of few complete proteins by having all the essential amino acids that the body doesn’t make. The high fatty acids can reduce symptoms of eczema and other chronic inflammatory conditions.
Sesame Seeds – Can be converted into enterolactone that acts like estrogen and helps postmenopausal women lower blood cholesterol and improve sex hormones.
Pumpkin Seeds – Eating pumpkin seeds can reduce breast cancer, reduce bladder stones in children. As well as, improve health of the bladder and prostate.
Sunflower Seeds– Reduce inflammation, cholesterol and LDL Cholesterol because of its monounsaturated and omega – 6 fats.
Nuts and seeds are very high in calories so a small amount is a serving… keep it small.
Portion control is critical!
Secret: Flaxseeds have 7.8 grams of fiber and 5.2 grams of protein in a serving, but is out done in fiber by chia seed at 10.6 and hemp seeds at 8.8 grams of protein.