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10 Kinds of Seeds with Surprising Health Benefits.

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Do you ever get tired of reading labels on vitamin supplements to figure out which ones are best for you? Here are 10 types of seeds that will give you all the nutritional value you need and they taste good too:

Alfalfa seeds are known to be high in protein, calcium plus other minerals; they also contain vitamin A, B, C, D, E and K. They extend appetite which is helpful for diabetes, anemia and weight issues. Alfalfa seeds are also used for helping problems such as increased urination, indigestion and bladder disorders. In addition, these seeds have been known for increasing breast milk, helping with premenstrual syndrome and lowering cholesterol levels.

Chia seeds are great for the digestive system. Just two tablespoons gives you 4 grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and 7 grams of fiber. These seeds absorb water so when they are consumed with liquid they thicken and become extremely filling, therefore making you feel full. That’s why chia seeds have sparked controversy about helping with weight loss.

Cilantro/Coriander seeds are often called the healing spice in parts of Europe and India. Research studies confirmed that coriander seeds can help control blood sugar, cholesterol, and free radical production in animals. In addition to having a good source of dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese, coriander is known to fight salmonella.

Cumin seeds, because of their good source of iron and manganese, promote energy and immune function, especially for menstruating women. They are also beneficial for your digestive system and may help prevention of certain cancers. Cumin is available both in its whole seed form and ground into a powder.

Flax seeds must be ground before eating to unleash the nutritional values, but the extra step is worth it. Flax seeds can improve digestion, reverse constipation, stabilize glucose levels, improve cardiovascular health, and inhibit tumor formation.

Hemp seeds have been used by humans for hundreds of years. Hemp seed from plants that can be bought legally differs from cannabis plants that are illegal (marijuana).

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