The seed family includes sprouts, nuts, seeds, grains, and beans.
Sprouts are the healthiest of them all because they are less concentrated, full of enzymes and easy to digest. In nuts and seeds the enzymes are dormant, which is why their digestion is a bit harder.
Beans and grains are very rich in proteins and other important nutrients but cooking destroys or alters them and causes them to produce mucus.
Raw seeds are always a better choice than deep-fried, baked and salty seeds found in stores. This is because in raw seeds the delicate and nutritious oils are much more present than in processed seeds. Flax seed
Flax seed is one of the healthiest seeds and generally among the healthiest foods there are. It is made from one third oil and two thirds fiber, protein and mucilage. High quality flax oil, meaning that it has been extracted with great care, is one of the best sources of essential fatty acids.
The fiber, of which flax seed is very rich, is very beneficial for intestines, because it cleans them of toxins, waste materials and dried mucus, and it also contributes to the good bacteria, which are important for good gastrointestinal health and proper absorption of nutrients.
Flax mucilage is very beneficial for persons who suffer from chronic constipation, sensitive stomach, ulcers, excess acids in stomach or irritable bowel syndrome.
The important thing is to take flax seed with a lot of water, otherwise it will have no effect and it may even aggravate the constipation.
Flax seed is also believed to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Sunflower seeds
These seeds are rich in protein and in oil. Essential linoleic acid they contain is beneficial for persons who have high levels of bad cholesterol. Flour made in coffee grinder from sunflower seeds is an amazing source of iron, comparable maybe only to brewer’s yeast.
Because sunflower seeds are rich in potassium, they are very useful for flushing excessive sodium out of the body. They also contain magnesium and phosphorus, which is important for proper calcium absorption.
Vitamin of B group, especially thiamin and niacin, can be found in significant amounts in these seeds. Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are maybe a bit difficult to find, but cold-pressed pumpkin seed oil is widely available. This oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and it is a good source of B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium and iron.