If you’re looking to work on your health and eating habits post Ramzan, then there are many healthy changes you can make to achieve your goals. For starters, you can add seeds to your meals and drinks as they contain all the nutrients and fibres needed for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Not only do they contain monounsaturated fats and important vitamins, but also important minerals and antioxidants which promote glowing skin. Here we outline the health benefits of of the healthiest seeds you can eat.
Flaxseeds contain several nutrients which act as important antioxidants in the body. The fibre and omega-3 in flaxseeds can all help reduce cholesterol and other risk factors which contribute to heart disease. This super food can also help reduce blood pressure especially when eaten whole every day for more than 12 weeks.
2. Hemp Seeds
These seeds are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and contain more than 30 percent protein, alongside other essential nutrients. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids that your body can’t make. Studies have also proven that the protein quality of hemp seeds is better than most other plant protein sources.
3. Sesame Seeds
Sesame seeds are popular in Asia and in western countries as part of a paste called tahini. The contain a wide variety of nutrients and help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress; which can worsen symptoms of many disorders, including arthritis.
4. Pumpkin Seeds
One of the most commonly used typed of seeds are extremely rich in omega-6 fats. Studies have shown that those who had a higher intake of pumpkin and sunflower seeds had a significantly reduced risk of breast cancer.
5. Sunflower Seeds
These seeds contain a good amount of protein, monounsaturated fats and vitamin E. Just one ounce of (28 grams) of sunflower seeds contains 47% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin E.
Seeds are a great source of protein, fibre and healthy fats. They can help reduce the risk of several diseases and the risk of cancer. They are easy to add to meals like salads, smoothies and shakes and are the perfect way to consume healthy nutrients.