Antioxidant Seeds ... size doesn't matter

Sunflower Seeds

Seeds are not meant just for birds, but the birds sure know how to pick their food. 

Seeds are packed with loads of nutrients, including antioxidants.

Many plants are best grown from seeds - seeds being packed with the nutrients, it is the natural source for plants to germinate from. Some humble tiny seeds can grow to be huge trees - that is just a demonstration how power pack these little tiny works of Nature can be.


Seeds as Antioxidant Foods

Examples of seeds as sources of antioxidants are:

  • Seeds from flowers (example, sunflower seeds, chia seeds)
  • Seeds from vegetables (such as, pumpkin seeds, buckwheat)
  • Seeds from fruits (such as, watermelon seeds, grape seeds, )
  • Seeds from other plants  (such as gingko seeds/nuts)


Please note some of the seeds and nuts are covered in other pages.


Some Well-known Super Seeds

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flex Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Wheat Germ


Seeds' Main Nutrients

Depending on the seeds ... in general, seeds have one or a combination of the following nutrients:

  • Antioxidant:  Phytonutrients, Phytoestrogens, and specifics types of antioxidants depending on seeds (such as lignans in buckwheat)
  • Other:             Protein, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Folate, Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Fibre, Fat (good fats)


Interesting stuff on Seeds

Native of:

  • Depending on the types of fruits or vegetables or plants


Now Found/Grown in:

  • A lot of these fruits, vegetables and plants have "migrated" geographically, with many natives of one region now found or grown in other countries/regions.


Buckwheat is a seed

Buckwheat is not a grain...

Due to its looks ... looks more like grains and with a name that ends with "wheat", it is commonly mistaken as a grain.


But buckwheat is actually a seed, from the same family as rhubard.


Wheat Germ is also a seed ...

Wheat germ is one part of the whole grain.

Whole grain consist of 3 parts:

  • bran
  • endosperm
  • germ (the seed of the whole grain)


Examples of Health Benefits of Seeds

Depending on the type of seeds ... in general, the health benefits of the seeds could be one or a combinations of the following:

  • Prevent Heart Diseases (from its good oils contents - such as Omega 3 and 6)
  • Cancer fighter (from its antioxidants contents)
  • Control blood sugar
  • Prevent gallstones (from its fiber)
  • Control cholesterol (from its fiber and good oils)


Some precaution

Do note that if the seeds are from leguminous plants, it is possible that those allergic to legumes and nuts, should also take precautions on consumption of the seeds from these plants, as they may cause the same allergy as nuts and legumes.

Leguminous plants are plants where their root nodules or roots system are rich in nitrogen due its ability to support a type of bacteria that aids the production of nitrogen.

These plants includes plants that bears nuts and legumes. Some examples of other leguminous plants:

  • acacia (such as wattle)
  • alfalfa
  • clover
  • cassia tree
  • legumes
  • (some) gum trees
  • senna plants


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