The Power of Seeds

Did you know that some types of seeds can work magic and they should be included into the regular diet plan? Flax seeds and pumpkin seeds are also superfoods in my book.

Flax seeds
Flax seeds have a wide range of medicinal properties and should be considered a medical remedy rather than food. Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fat which helps to reduce cholesterol and protect the heart from developing illness. Flax seeds have a perfect balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which contributes to overall well-being by activating healthy organ functioning. Flax has a mood-lifting component called docosahexaenoic acid, which is important in normal brain functioning. Flax is also high in lignana, which act as antioxidants and show anti-cancer qualities. These potent seeds contain a high amount of fibre and work as laxative and detoxifier. Flax seeds have shown insulin resistance and can help to prevent diabetes. They also regulate oestrogen levels and help the production of testosterone.

Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and packed with other powerful health-promoting minerals and vitamins, which makes this food a perfect aphrodisiac. This sex-drive booster is full of zinc and can easily replace oysters as a zinc source. Pumpkin seeds support the health of the prostate gland and minimise the issues with urination, in case the prostate is enlarged. They are good sources of energy, as they are high in calories, protein, and fatty acids. Monosaturated fatty acids, known as oleic acid, help to lower bad cholesterol and boost the levels of good cholesterol. The carotenoids present in the seeds, together with omega-3 benefits prostate health and steady erection. Omega-3s also act as a precursor of prostaglandins, a hormone substance that protects sexual health in both genders and prevents prostate and ovarian cancer. The seeds also contain a generous amount of amino acids such as tryptophan and glumate, which are converted into serotonin and help reduce stress, anxiety, and nervousness in males and females. Pumpkin seeds also have antioxidant properties because of their vitamin E, C, B6, K, and folic acid content. Among other minerals, seeds contain manganese, selenium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. Manganese contributes to antioxidant functioning, since it has an enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which develops resistance against infections and free radicals. Pumpkin seeds have been a food source in Central America for many centuries. Native Americans used pumpkin seeds in medicine as a parasite remedy, as well as for kidney disorders and gastric disease.

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This article was written on 05 Mar 2014.