Seeds are a common dietary choice and contain plenty of nutrients. Some popular seed choices include:
According to the experts at House Call Doctor, chia seeds are high in vitamins and minerals, high in fibre, omega-3, calcium, protein, iron, electrolytes, and B-vitamins. They have been shown to reduce risks of cardiovascular issues, aid weight loss, reduce risk of diabetes, support a healthy complexion and increase energy.
It is best to mix chia seeds into another food before consuming as when chia seeds are combined with water they can form a gel which can cause difficulties with swallowing.
Chia seeds can be added to smoothies, cereals, yoghurt, or baked goods.
Sunflower seeds contain plenty of fatty acids which are a great source of fibre and amino acids. Sunflower seeds have been shown to balance cholesterol, lower blood pressure, prevent cancer, support thyroid function, combat osteoporosis, improve skin health, reduce the risk of heart disease, and reduce hypertension.
Sunflower seeds can be added to muffins, biscuits, salads and stir-fries. It is best to avoid salted sunflower seeds due to high amounts of sodium.
Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, fibre, amino acids, protein, omega-3 and zinc. They can be used as a natural option to help with enlarged prostates, and also to lower cholesterol, decrease the risk of bladder stones and improve heart health.
Pumpkin seeds can be enjoyed in bread, smoothies, oatmeal, cakes or roasted for a quick snack.
Hemp seeds are an excellent choice as they contain all nine essential amino acids. They are also high in omega-3, iron, protein, and magnesium. Hemp seeds may reduce the risk of heart disease, help skin disorders, aid digestion, reduce symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Hemp seeds can be added to cereals, salads, yoghurts, and even used as a breadcrumb to coat chicken or fish.