Seeds & Nuts

The nature, characteristics and therapeutic effects of seeds and nuts


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Seeds and nuts are high in fiber, vitamin E and monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fatty acids help to lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol", lower the risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and cancers. They are also great sources of protein, minerals, iron, magnesium, zinc and other life-enhancing nutrients and can prevent weight gain. Some of them contain omega 3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and can benefit rheumatoid arthritis, Schizophrenia, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.  

Nuts and seeds should be a vital part of our diet. However, it is necessary to consume them in limited amounts because they are hard to digest and over eating them can cause obesity. When nuts and seeds are eaten as whole and unprocessed, the polyunsaturated fats preserved within them are the freshest and most beneficial form and with the correct balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

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Nuts and seeds are the most concentrated form of energy and nutrients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Read more on functional usages of each seed or nut:


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Almond

Nature : Cool, Taste : Bitter

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Chestnut

Nature : Warm, Taste : Sweet

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Coconut

Nature : Cold, Taste : Sweet

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Cotton seed

Nature : Hot, Taste : Pungent

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Flexseed

Nature : Warm, Taste : Sweet

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Hazelnut

Nature : Neutral, Taste : Sweet

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Lotus seed

Nature : Neutral, Taste : Sweet

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Peanut

Nature : Neutral, Taste : Sweet

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Pine Nut

Nature : Cool, Taste : Sweet

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Pumpkin seed

Nature : Warm, Taste : Sweet

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Sesame

Nature : Warm, Taste : Sweet

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Sunflower seed

Nature : Neutral, Taste : Sweet

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Walnut

Nature : Warm, Taste : Sweet

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