A simple addition to your porridge, salad or even dinnertime rice, yet seeds are so powerful. They hold so many nutritional benefits. This is why we have include them in our breakfast smoothies! Here’s our guide to 5 of the most nutrient rich seeds. Read this and tell us seeds aren’t your new favourite food!
Flax seeds are one of our favourites here at Zaggora. In fact, we love them so much that they are in all of our breakfast smoothies! Why are we so obsessed? They’re rich sources of Omega-3 and fibre which promotes functional digestion. They also contain lignins which are chemical compounds found in plants. Flax contain oestrogen and antioxidant qualities. This means they are fabulous for overall body and hormone health. Flax also help reduce inflammation as well as menopausal hot flushes! Now, tell us you’re not hooked as well!
Chias are a fabulous source of fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. They also contain Zinc, Vitamin B3, potassium, Vitamin B1 and B2. This is why they are great for bone and blood pressure maintenance. These delicious seeds are also packed with anti-oxidants and hold a high content of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Their high content of fiber and protein can aid weight loss by regulating water levels and keeping you fuller for longer. Chias also contain great carbs which can boost your exercise performance as much as an energy drink! Chias are another seed that feature in our breakfast smoothies.
Hemp seeds are also at the top of our seed list. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, they are great for your heart. The more good cholesterol you have in your blood, the less bad cholesterol there will be. This helps prevent against cardiovascular disease, cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar. Hemps are also fab for gut health. They cleanse the colon which helps with the digestive system, preventing constipation. The protein in hemp seeds helps reduce sugar cravings, keeps you fuller for longer and will help regulate your energy levels. Hemp protein is also made up of 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential ones. This is why (along with pea protein) we use hemp protein in our breakfast smoothies.
Another benefit of hemp seeds are their nutrient content. They are a great source of magnesium. This is crucial to bodily functions because it activates over 300 enzyme reactions. Magnesium is also vital for your nervous system, muscle function, blood coagulation, metabolism, cell formation and energy production. Hemp seeds are full of iron which increases haemoglobin levels. This allows more oxygen to be transported around your body. More oxygen means you will feel more energised and is also good for your hair, skin and nails.
Pumpkin seeds are another source of magnesium which you now know is super for bodily functions. They are also low sin saturated fat, but high in Omega-3 fatty acids. This means they are a source of good cholesterol – great for your heart. Pumpkin seeds also provide antioxidants and fibres which are known for improving liver and heart health. They are high in tryptophan – an amino acid that your body is able to turn into serotonin. Serotonin is converted into melatonin – the sleep hormone. This promotes good sleep! Finally, the oil in pumpkin seeds are anti-inflammatory. They have been found to be a side-effect-free drug for arthritis.
The final seed on our list is the sesame seed – small but mighty. Sesame seeds are low in cholesterol. In fact, they are packed with phytosterols which are plant sterols. These are similar to cholesterol and help the intestine lower cholesterol absorption. This means they promote heart health. They also improve blood pressure! Our favourite benefit of sesames? Their ability to balance hormones. This is due to the fatty acid metabolism. Sesames are especially good for pregnant women because they improve blood lipids, are anti-oxidising and might even improve sex hormones! (1) The lignans in sesames help the absorption of Vitamin E which is useful for protection against free radicals (2). Sesames also reduce the hunger hormone ghrelin, helping you lose weight. And, finally, sesame seeds contain a vast amount of nutrients. These include fibre, protein, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.