We are big fans of seeds here at I AM Co. They might be small, but they sure can be nutritionally mighty. We love adding seeds into every single meal for the wonderful nutritional benefits, especially some of the less commonly used seeds. We’ve put together our top four fave seeds for you to read up on below:
Packed with healthy fats and 25% protein, hemp seeds are a must for vegetarians and vegans. Being a complete protein source, they contain all of the essential amino acids needed in the body, something that is rare to find in a plant source. Need another reason to start enjoying hemp? It has been shown to minimise the symptoms of PMS and menopause. Hemp contains an amino acid called Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which produces a hormone in the body that helps to relieve the PMS symptoms caused by Prolactin.
The humble poppy seed, one that tends to go unnoticed. Popp seeds are a good source of fibre and minerals including calcium, phosphorous, iron and zinc. They also contain oleic acid, which has been shown to help reduce LDL cholesterol. Poppy seeds may even help you sleep as they are a natural source of alkaloids, which provide a calming effect on the nervous system. Try a warm cup of almond milk, honey and poppy seeds before bed to unwind and say bub-bye to disturbed sleep.
Mmm we love these heavenly jewels and not just because they are gorgeous and tasty but they are also a super seed! These beauties have been shown as a powerful cancer-fighting food, helping to slow down the growth of cancer cells, especially in cases of breast or prostate cancer. Pomegranate seeds have also been used as a natural arthritis treatment for many years due to their high content of flavanols, which have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body.
Move over chia, basil seeds are the new kids on the block and they are a powerhouse of nutritional goodness! Not only does 2 teaspoons contain 10% of your daily iron needs and 30% of your daily fibre needs, they also have 3x the amount of calcium than almonds and 2x the potassium found in bananas. They are super high in protein and antioxidants and can be used in all the ways you usually use chia as they swell up and absorb water in the same way, only faster.