Today we want to explore the magic power of seeds together with you. We all know that there is a lot of healthy food on the market, but, believe me, seeds are a true miracle. Those guys may be small, but, for sure, they are significant in terms of the health benefits. Let’s dive into the science of seeds and understand whether you should introduce them into your daily diet.
Humans know and eat seeds for thousands of years, and many of them are known for their outstanding properties. But nowadays, there is even more information (thank you, science) about what seeds can do for your health. In particular, 4 super seeds are known to be one of the healthiest seeds – flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds. Let’s talk about each one of them, shall we?!
The flax plant itself has extensive usage, and flaxseeds are used in medicine. The amber oil of flaxseeds is very rich in a type of fat called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid that is good for the heart. Many doctors consider these acids important for cardiovascular health. Studies suggest that they can lower triglyceride levels and reduce blood pressure. Omega-3 fatty acids may also decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes by preventing dangerous blood clots in arteries. In high dosages, the fatty acids may help to alleviate arthritis.
Besides, flax seeds are high in lignan and fibre. These compounds have a significant effect on preventing heart diseases as well as have anti-inflammatory effects. But one of the most incredible features of flax seeds is their ability to fight cancer. You heard me right, not just prevent it, but also reduce the growth of the existing tumours, especially when we are talking about breast cancer.
But that’s not it – flax seeds are also a great source of dietary fibre. It means that flax seeds can keep your digestion regular, flushing toxins and excess fats out of the body. A spoon of flax seeds a day keeps a doctor away, as they say 🤔.
But what we are also very interested in is the effect on the menstrual cycle, right?! No doubts, flax seeds can help here too. Thanks to vitamin B1 and magnesium, flax seeds can help reduce PMS symptoms, period cramps, mood swings and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Moreover, flax seeds can also help to lengthen the luteal phase of your menstrual cycle and; As a result, they can help improve ovulation and reduce PMS symptoms such as cramping and breast pain.
So here you have it – great for your body, great for your menstrual cycle. Don’t know how about you, but we also love how flax seeds look – so shiny and attractive!
Pumpkin Seeds are no joke as well. They can help maintain blood sugar level and may help prevent diabetic complications. Additionally, pumpkin seeds can help you sleep better as well asprevent or treat urinary disorders. All of those benefits are already enough to love pumpkin seeds, but wait, there is more. Pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium, which in turn is associated with increased bone density.
And now, let’s specifically talk about the benefits of pumpkin seeds for women. As you already know, pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium. But they are also rich in zinc. That means that pumpkin seeds can increase the body’s ability to produce progesterone and therefore thicken the walls of the uterine lining. Besides, pumpkin seeds can help reduce menstrual migraines, PMS symptoms, period pains and premenstrual water retention.
Just as flax seeds, pumpkin seeds are great for your health. And by just eating them regularly, you could avoid a vast number of health-related problems. So hooray to pumpkin seeds! 🎉
Alright, let’s move to the sesame seeds now. These tiny guys are incredible. Probably the smaller the seed, the healthier it is…🤔 Actually, sesame seeds are used far beyond food: they are widespread as an ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, lubricants, and medicine. Truly universal stuff!
But we are talking about health here, so let’s see what’s in it for you. Sesame seeds are a rich source of lignans, phytosterols, magnesium and zinc. Those microelements help the body lower cholesterol levels, enhance immune response and decrease your risk of certain cancers. Sesame seeds also help wounds heal faster, treat acne, and make hair grow stronger and faster. They also protect the liver from oxidative damage.
For women’s health, sesame seeds are also beneficial. Sesame helps to deal with irregular periods (oligomenorrhea) without any side effects. Sesame seeds are also a rich source of zinc, making them effective when it comes to boosting progesterone production. Plus, they contain lignans, which helps them block out excess estrogen to let the progesterone levels rise uninterrupted. This is precisely why it is recommended to have them during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle when the progesterone levels peak.
Last but definitely not least, there are sunflower seeds. Just as other seeds, sunflower seeds are great. Being rich in magnesium, flavonoids, linoleic acid and selenium, they help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, support thyroid health and fight oxidative stress. But sunflower seeds are great not only for physical health but also for achieving mental health and preventing neurodegenerative disorders (like Alzheimer’s). Moreover, thanks to vitamin B6, sunflower seeds can boost your mood and improve concentration and memory.
But vitamin B6 is good not only for your head but also for your menstrual cycle. Together with magnesium, it reduces PMS symptoms like period cramps. And Vitamin E in sunflower seeds can help reduce menstrual pain. It is believed vitamin E reduces the effects of the hormone prolactin, which can contribute to cramps, weight gain and breast tenderness. And that’s not all — magnesium and vitamin B6 that we already talked about, they reduce bloating and increase mood.
To Sum Up
So as you can see, these 4 hero seeds can give you incredible benefits. And we even barely touched the surface here. We believe that every person would greatly benefit from introducing seeds into their diet. Still, the outcome for women is even better. Menstruation is an incredible, complex and fragile process, so it should be treated with all due respect! And here, where those four seeds come on to the scene. And when you combine all four of them, introduce them to your diet and cycle them monthly, great results will not keep you waiting for long!
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