Tiny seeds we can’t ignore
Minerals & chemicals : Manganese, Magnesium, copper, zinc, iron & phosphorus
Sunflower seeds are rich in dietary fiber which improves digestion, help growth of good bacteria in the intestine and help weight loss.
Magnesium maintains blood pressure at optimum levels, good for bone health. It also works on migraine.
Copper strengthens bones and brings flexibility in bone joints. It also acts as anti ageing agent.
These seeds have exceptional amounts of Vitamin E which can reduce inflammation in the joints and there by good for arthritis. It also reduces asthma. Vitamin E also protects skin from ultra violet damage. Vitamin E is also good for healthy hair. Fatty acids in these seeds keep the skin hydrated.
These seeds are good source for anti oxidants, which can fight with free radicals [Definition link].
A compound called Phytosterols present in these seeds can dissolve plaque deposits in the blood vessels and thereby improves blood circulation. Blood pressure is also controlled. Regular consumption of these seeds can balance cholesterol levels and also reduces hyper tension.
These seeds contain large amounts of trace mineral selenium that can improve the functioning of thyroid gland which in turn regulates hormone levels in the body. Selenium deficiency is one of the reasons for thyroid disorder.
Regular consumption of these seeds can control several types of cancer.
These seeds produce a hormone called serotonin in blood that can relax the body and promotes good sleep. This hormone also works on depression.
These seeds contain vital amino acids and proteins which help growth and development of the body.
Minerals & chemicals : Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Potassium
Vitamins : Folate, Vitamin A, C, Vitamin B group, Omega 3 fatty acids
These seeds are packed with nutrients, high in protein and amino acids. An amino acid called Arginine found in these seeds is beneficial for hair growth.
In general iron deficiency leads to hair loss. Iron content present in these seeds prevents hair loss and promotes growth or healthy hair. Also these seeds aid formation of collagen, a kind of protein that is beneficial for hair and skin health.
These seeds keep skin moisturized. They actually shrink the body tissues which in turn imparts elasticity to the skin.
Free radicals in our body damage the skin cells and internal tissues. Anti oxidants fight with free radicals and prevents the damage caused by them. Watermelon seeds are packed with anti oxidants which can reduce the free radical damage and keep the skin young.
Watermelon seeds help prevention of infertility and impotence in men. They help production of increased sperm count and thereby increase the chance of conception in couples trying to get pregnant.
Watermelon seeds are rich in nutrients and low in calories. Roasted seeds can be a substitute for any snack. These fiber rich seeds keep digestive system healthy.
Magnesium present in these seeds is essentially required for body metabolic function. A quantity of 400 mg per day is required for the body. A handful of seeds weighs about 4 gm and contain 21 mg of this mineral.
Iron present in these seeds required for the body for produce red blood cells which can establish strong immune system. It also has wound healing property.
Folate also known as folic acid has an important property of prevention of birth defects. This is an essential element to be consumed during child bearing stage of women. This vitamin is available in grain products like bread, cereal, pasta, rice, green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, orange juice and avocado.
These seeds also contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids which are highly beneficial for healthy body.
Minerals & chemicals : Magnesium, Phosphorus & Zinc
Pumpkin seeds are high in calories that can provide you instant energy.
Pumpkin seeds contain zinc which is a trace element and is essential for healthy immune system. Zinc also improves male sexual function. It is also responsible for cell growth and cell division and tissue cell repair. Zinc also keeps prostate gland in healthy condition.
Rich levels of magnesium present in these seeds is good for diabetes. Magnesium deficiency often leads to type 2 diabetes. Wide array of health benefits are associated with magnesium.
Phytosterols, a plant based compound with the structure similar to cholesterol. Pumpkin seeds are rich in phytosterols, have the quality of lowering the LDL / bad cholesterol levels and are found to be good for heart health.
Antioxidant property associated with pumpkin seeds reduces the inflammation caused by Arthritis. Antioxidant property safeguard body from free radical damage.
Fiber rich pumpkin seeds keep liver to work at optimum level. Flax seeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are mixed and consumed often, to get best result.
These seeds contain good amounts of Magnesium, Phosphorous & Zinc which safeguard healthy bones from osteoporosis and similar kind of deceases.
Pumpkin seeds contain stress regulating amino acids and promotes good sleep. They also considered to be mood elevator and also good for depression.
Pumpkin seeds are good source for omega 3 fatty acids which are immensely good for body health. There are numerous health benefits associated with omega 3 fatty acids and few of them include anti-depression agent, good for eye health, heart health, inflammation, mental disorders, Alzheimer’s decease and so on.
SESAME SEEDS (White)
Minerals & chemicals : Zinc, Calcium, Phosphorous, Copper & Magnesium.
Sesame seeds are high in protein which can be an alternative choice for meat.
These seeds contain Phytonutrients in the form of Lignans, that are plant based nutrients contain soluble & insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is particularly useful of constipation. Soluble fiber decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the blood. They also reduce inflammation and improve blood pressure and have other heart health benefits. Lignans also act as antioxidants and saves human body from free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable atoms containing only one electron. These atoms have tendency of absorbing one electron from the tissues of the body. This kind of absorption eventually leads to tissue damage that can lead to heart decease, cataract, ageing and other range of deceases. Free radicals also damage DNA which can lead to development of cancer. Antioxidants are the molecules that can donate single electron to free radicals, without becoming free radicals themselves. Hence presence of Lignans in sesame seeds can hinder with free radical damage. Lignans are considered to prevent certain type of cancers especially prostate cancer.
These seeds contain high amount of copper. It is a trace mineral required by the body in small quantities which has good anti-inflammatory properties. It can relive pain and swelling caused by rheumatoid arthritis. It also act as an anti cancer agent. Copper helps absorb iron from food and intestines of body and releases it to the essential organs of the body. Copper help sustain elasticity of blood vessels and the skin on the body. Iron greatly improves the blood circulation and also plays vital role in production of red blood cells.
Sesame seeds contain both magnesium and calcium in relevant ratio which works well with anxiety and stress. Magnesium works well for asthma and respiratory problems and promotes good sleep. Also magnesium deficiency leads to diabetes.
The combination of minerals in sesame seeds viz., zinc, calcium & phosphorous are required for healthy bones. They help create new bone matter, repairs bones and prevent osteoporosis.
Folic acid also known as vitamin B9 present in sesame seeds is required for vital functions in the DNA of the body. This can lower the chances of birth defects. This should be consumed regularly during pregnancy period.
Oleic oil present in these seeds is great for skin and promote skin repair. This oil also lowers cholesterol, aids in fat burning, fights with infections and cancer.
These seeds contain a oil called sesamol acts ultraviolet protective agent. It protects skin from UV rays from sun and also prevents skin cancer and DNA damage caused by radiation.
Minerals & chemicals : Calcium, phosphorus, iron, papain, thiamine, niacin.
These cannot be consumed immediately out of the fruit, they need to be sun dried or freeze and consume after one week. They can be powdered easily with pepper mill / pepper grinder.
These can be stored frozen for 6 to 12 months without losing any nutrients. Before consumption, remove the frozen seeds and put them in hot water for few minutes. Because of the bitter taste, one should start chewing few seeds at first and can gradually increase the number till the taste buds adjusted to the taste. The seeds can be consumed by mixing with honey may reduce bitter taste. But natural tendency for us is to swallow the seeds along with honey, instead one should chew the seeds along with honey.
The combination of honey & papaya seeds is very effective in fighting with parasites without any side effects.
The seeds contain a plant based compound called “carpaine” that can kill intestinal worms, parasites and other infection causing germs, harmful bacteria, and body toxins. It safeguards good bacteria and help the body in eliminating bad bacteria in the digestive tract. It can also alleviate food poisoning. It also brings down high blood pressure.
They contain an enzyme called “proteolytic enzyme” which breaks down protein food particles into smaller units and digest them.
These seeds contain “oleic” and “palmitic” acids in high levels and these acids are highly effective in fighting with cancer.
Papaya seeds and leaves contain a compound called “acetogenin” which has anti-tumor properties by triggering a process called apoptosis. This process involves self destruction of cancer cells by themselves.
Kidney and liver are two major organs of the body and these seeds are very beneficial for kidney problems & detoxifies the liver. Filters out toxins from blood before reaching liver. Old Chinese and Japanese medicine use papaya seeds to cleanse the liver. Japanese people include the seeds into their daily tea to stay healthy.
Anti-inflammatory property of the seeds is beneficial for people with arthritis and joint pains.
Fiber content is high in these seeds, hence are good for digestion. Majority of the fiber is soluble type and is good for constipation and healthy bowel movements.
They absorb excess fat and sugar from food and also burn excess fat in the body. These seeds prevent the body to absorb excess fats and sugars and thus contribute to weight loss.
SIDE EFFECTS –
Papaya seeds do have side effects and hence do not eat them in large quantities. Eating of 5 to 6 seeds a day can do good for body without any side effects.
Consumption of the seeds will result in low sperm production in men.
They also used to stop pregnancy in women.
Pregnant & breast feeding women and younger children should not consume the seeds.
Over consumption can lead to digestive problems.
Since these seeds naturally decrease blood pressure, people with low blood pressure should not consume.
Minerals & chemicals : Copper, Sulphur
Cucumber seeds and the peel are more nutrient dense part of cucumber. They help to cool the body. Cucumber seeds are good for skin health. They keep the skin hydrated. Protect skin from sun burn. They reduce skin inflammation, and act as anti-aging agent. They provide relief from sun burns. They keep the skin hydrated and the oil extracted from these seeds can act as natural moisturizer.
These seeds are low in calories. Mixing these seeds with any recipe helps in weight loss.
Sulphur content in cucumber seeds help grow hair. These seeds relieves from head ache.
They are extremely beneficial for brain health. Copper present in these seeds improves neurotransmission process. A compound called “fisetin” present in the seeds stops memory loss and acts on Alzheimer’s decease. They also protect brain from inflammation.
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