Zee Media Bureau/Salome Phelamei
Los Angeles: Many of us don't know the priceless health benefits of seeds although we relish the fruits considering their delicious tastes.
Every seed has something different to provide to the body- from pomegranate, hemp to chia. But it is important to know which ones deliver health benefits before choosing to have one.
Here are some seeds that have immense benefits for your body:
Pomegranate for slimming: Packed with antioxidants and fat-burning vitamin C, this nature's “sweet tarts” is an ideal option if you want to lose some weight. It's juicy seed is a low-calorie winner.
Hemp for toned muscles: It's one of the few vegetarian sources of complete protein as it contains all 20 amino acids, key to building calorie-burning muscle. Sprinkle some in a post workout shake for a pine nut-like flavour.
Chia for strong bones: Taking good care of your bones is important, especially as you age. This earthy-tasting seed, which is rich in calcium, is beneficial for your bone health. Two tablespoons offer as much as a slice of cheddar! Mix half a cup with two and a half cups of unsweetened almond milk, one tablespoon maple syrup and cinnamon to taste, and chill for a tapioca like pudding.
Pumpkin for energy: The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends pumpkin seeds consumption as a good way to obtain its nutrients. This light and nutty pepita houses iron, a mineral that helps maintain high energy levels. Roast one cup of seeds with half a tablespoon each of paprika, chili powder and sea salt for an easy to-go snack.
Sesame for a healthy heart: Sesame seeds contains linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that may help control harmful cholesterol. Toasting amplifies flavour and adds a nice crunch to salads.
Flax for cancer prevention: There is some evidence that flaxseeds may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Though it contains all sorts of healthy components, it is well-known for these cancer-thwarting compounds- lignans and omega-3 fatty acids that reduce disease-causing inflammation.
Wheat germ for digestion: Wheat germ can help boost immune system. Its health benefits also include a preventive measure against cardiovascular disease and cancer. The nutrients in wheat germs also aid in digestion and help in losing weight.
(With Agency inputs)