Do you know the difference between a nut and a seed: Seeds are what develop into plants, so they are extremely nutritious for people as well as plants. We’ve written often about nuts but not as much on seeds, so we decided to remind you of some very healthy seeds.
Pumpkin Seeds — These are known for the benefits they have in fighting chronic inflammatory diseases, which are said to be the most significant cause of death in the world. They’ve also been linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. And on top of all that, they are very high in magnesium (one ounce of pumpkin seeds equals 37% of the Recommended Daily Intake — RDI for short). Magnesium is involved in over 600 of the body’s reactions. It also controls blood pressure, reduces heart disease, maintains bone health and regulates blood sugar.
Hemp Seeds — Hemp seeds have been found to possibly reduce your risk of heart disease due to its high levels of the amino acid arginine. Arginine produces a gas—nitric acid — in your body that makes your blood vessels dilate and relax… which leads to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease. Additional research has found that hemp seed is extremely rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, and it’s also rich in two essential fatty acids: linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, which help fight inflammation and protects your heart and immune system.
Sesame Seeds — A study on sesamin, a compound in sesame seeds, found it has anti-inflammatory and antioxident properties that may help protect cartilage. It is also a good source of selenium which is necessary for thyroid health. Sesame seeds are also a good source of copper, iron, zinc, and vitamin B-6, which are more nutrients that support the thyroid.
Flax Seeds — Vegetarians and other people who don’t like eating fish, or who are allergic to fish, but want to find a good food source of Omega-3s can stop searching at Flax seeds. The human body can’t make its own Omega-3 fatty acid, unlike the other fatty acids that the body can make itself. Omega-3 fatty acids are helpful for blood clotting and contracting and relaxing artery walls. They have been shown to help prevent heart disease and strokes. And, in addition to all that, they help to control diseases like eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus as well as some studies that foud they can help fight and prevent cancer and other health problems.
Chia Seeds — are truly a wonder. In fact centuries ago chia seeds played a vital role for the Aztecs and Mayans… they were prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy. In fact the word “chia” meant “strength” in the Mayan language. Today they have become known as a sort of super-seed. Calorie for calorie, chia seeds are one of the world’s best sources of nutrients. Get this… one ounce of these little seeds provides: 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of omega-3s, 18% RDI of calcium, 30% RDI of manganese, 30% RDI magnesium and 27% RDI of phosphorus. On top of that, many health experts believe chia seeds can help people lose weight. They believe that due to the fact that the soluble fiber in chia seeds can absorb large amounts of water, allowing it to expand your stomach which results in decreasing a person’s appetite while making them feel full.
And, as we often remind you, studies confirmed Willard’s Water increases nutrient absorption into one’s cells. And that means that nutrients in the foods you eat, and any nutritional supplements you take, and any nutritional beverages you drink, will all do more for you if you are regularly drinking Willard’s Water, and/or washing them down with Willard’s Water. And remember, you can add Willard’s Water to other drinks you make — smoothies, malts, whatever, and WW can also be added to the foods you make and the baked goods you make. People say their baked goods stay fresh longer and foods, drinks, and those baked goods all seem to have a “fuller flavor” than they do when they aren’t made with Willard’s Water in them… it doesn't change the taste, it just enhances the flavor is how most people describe it. So as you help yourself to some healthy seeds, why not drink a glass of Willard’s Water along with those, too, as well as with your meals and snacks?