Hemp, Chia, and Flax Seeds
Which seeds should you add to your diet, and what are their benefits?
- Hemp seeds are derived from the same Cannabis species as marijuana, however do not worry about testing positive for drugs after consuming these seeds. The minuscule amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in hemp seeds make them perfectly safe to incorporate into a healthy diet. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids, which is uncommon in plant protein sources. Additionally, these seeds are full of fiber and other nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, B vitamins, and folic acid.
- In addition to being an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, and protein, chia seeds are also very rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, this tiny seeds may have over three times more calcium than milk! Chia seeds form a gel when they are added to liquid and absorbs ten times its weight in water, which makes these seeds an excellent source of hydration as well. Another benefit? When you consume chia seeds, you are ingesting both soluble and insoluble fiber; the outer part of the seed is insoluble and the inner part of the seed is soluble.
- Flax seeds are derived from the flax plant, and are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an essential fatty acid and powerful anti-inflammatory. Research indicates that these seeds’ anti-inflammatory properties may aid in preventing heart disease and reducing certain types of cancers. In addition, flax seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber, lignans, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. In order to maximize flax seeds’ potential, first grind them because grinding these seeds will make it easier for you to digest and absorb all of the nutrients.
With any of these seeds – chia, hemp, or flax – simply sprinkle them into cereals, oatmeal, rice, baked goods, smoothies, and yogurt for an extra boost of vitamins and minerals.
Enjoy! Feel great, feel healthy!
Integrative Nutrition, http://blog.integrativenutrition.com/2013/02/chia-hemp-and-flax-are-you-eating-these-super-seeds