5 reasons to be seed savvy

We all know that eating the correct fats is great for your health. But did you know that having a small amount of omega and nutrient-rich seeds from pumpkin, hemp and sesame is a simple way of reducing sugar cravings?

For those who want to stay healthy but are always on the go, nutritionist Cassandra Burns is a big advocate of seeds; from sunflower to pumpkin, flax to hemp.

‘It’s important to get a wide variety of seeds in your diet, as each one has a different ratio of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that help our bodies in specific ways,’ says Cassandra.

Here are five reasons why it’s high-time you included seeds in your daily diet ….

 

Youthful Skin

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How they work…

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has powerful antioxidant activity, helping to prevent free radical damage that can cause skin aging. In particular, vitamin E is thought to help protect against sun damage to the skin caused by UV radiation.

 

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Savvy Seed: Pumpkin seeds

How they work…

Pumpkin seeds are particularly high in protein, containing between 25 and 30g of protein per 100g. Protein is vital for repair and recovery after exercise, as well as building and maintaining muscle. This is not only important for bodybuilders – good muscle tone and recovery are vital for improving your fitness and strength.

 

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Bad mood buster

Savvy Seed: Flax Seeds

How they work…

Flax seeds are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 and 6 fats have been found to help balance hormones and support mood. Keeping your hormones on an even keel and your stress levels under control is important for great skin.

 

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Savvy Seed: Chia seeds

How it works…

Chia seeds consist of almost 40% fibre, relative to only 8% in sunflower seeds and 4% in pumpkin seeds. They absorb many times their weight in water and ‘bulk up’, meaning they can help to fill you up for longer. Like other seeds, they’re also a good source of protein and healthy fats too.

 

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Savvy Seed: Hemp seeds

How they work…

Hemp seeds are a great source of magnesium. Magnesium has many vital roles in the body including supporting energy release from foods, and helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue. Many people may be deficient in magnesium, so we need to get our sources where we can!

 

Cassandra recommends 9Bar, an energising natural snack packed full of pumpkin, sunflower, flax, hemp and chia seeds, and free from wheat, gluten and dairy. 9Bar also has stacks of information on tasty ways of boosting your health and wellbeing with seeds. Range

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