If you want to enrich your diet with useful nutrients while eating in moderation, give preference to various seeds, which are considered a treasure trove of proteins, fiber, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Some seeds can be eaten on their own or added to dishes and drinks, giving them a higher nutritional value.
Raw cocoa powder contains 4 times more antioxidants than regular dark chocolate. In addition, it contains proteins, calcium, carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, magnesium, sulfur and many phytochemical compounds. To preserve the beneficial properties of cocoa powder, it is preferable to grind the fresh seeds immediately before use.
Black sesame is the unrefined version of white sesame, which has a unique taste and aroma and contains a great treasure of nutrients.
It surpasses all other foods in terms of calcium content, it is also rich in magnesium, copper and zinc. Black sesame contains plant compounds called lignans, which are an excellent source of polyphenols and insoluble fiber. In the digestive system, lignans are converted into weak forms of phytoestrogens, helping to regulate the hormonal balance in the body and thus reducing the risk of developing hormonal types of cancer (breast, uterine, ovarian, prostate cancer).
The beneficial properties of flaxseed are due to these three main components: omega-3 fatty acids in the form of anti-inflammatory alphalinolenic acid, lignans, which are 10 times more abundant in flaxseed than in black sesame, and soluble and insoluble fiber. These seeds will be more useful if you salt them before using them, and even better if you soak them first and then add them to your favorite dishes.
Important warning: try not to use pre-crushed seeds or old linseed oil, which usually does not retain its beneficial properties.
For the ancient Aztecs and Mayans, chia seeds were a source of strength and energy. And it’s not accidental, because chia seeds are a source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.
Attention: if you drink water directly on the chia seeds, it can turn into a jelly-like mass and block the esophagus, which is very dangerous for health.
It is important to know here that black cumin seeds and cumin spice are different things. Black cumin seeds are not so easy to buy in stores, but you can order them online.
Black cumin seeds have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, immunity-strengthening, antioxidant properties, help fight obesity, especially helping to get rid of excess weight around the waist and hips.
Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamins B, E, copper, manganese, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects cell membranes from oxidative stress, having an anti-inflammatory effect.
We will conclude this series with pumpkin seedsabout which you can read in detail here.
Prepared by Marine ALEKSANYAN
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