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What are some examples of healthy seeds?

Joel H. Fuhrman, MD
Family Medicine
The following are examples of healthy seeds to eat:
  • Flaxseeds aren't just a beneficial omega-3 source, they are also rich in anti-cancer lignans, and their mucilage lubricates and eases bowel movements. It is best to grind your own fresh at home. The best type are the flaxseed grown in low-cadmium soil, such as Northern Edge flaxseed. Of interest is a study that reveals when flaxseeds are given to women with breast cancer, they show reduced tumor growth and enhanced survival compared to women who were not given flaxseeds.
  • Sunflower seeds are exceedingly rich in vitamin E, selenium, iron, and other minerals. With 22% of calories from protein and rich in tryptophan, sunflower seeds are a healthy way that vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians and nutritarians can ensure they get sufficient protein.
  • Pumpkin seeds are a good source of omega-3s, high in phytochemicals, and rich in zinc, calcium, and iron.
  • Sesame seeds have the highest level of calcium of any food in the world. Interestingly, they not only have a highly absorbable full spectrum of various vitamin E fractions, but they also increase the bioactivity of vitamin E in the body.
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