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Super Seeds

Flax, chia, and hemp seeds are making appearances in more and more places lately - and for good reason! These tiny seeds pack gigantic nutritional punches. Each seed has its own unique health benefits, so it's great to take advantage of them all and aim for 1-2 tablespoons per day. Below is a brief breakdown of the benefits of each seed:
Flaxseed: Contains phytochemicals called lignans, which may help to prevent breast, prostate, and colon cancer Helps to lower "bad" or LDL cholesterol High in omega-3 fatty acids, which help protect our hearts and prevent other diseases *Flaxseed must be ground before eating in order to be digested. Never cook or bake with flaxseed oil, and try to use the ground seeds in their raw form as much as possible - some studies show that heating flax not only depletes it of nutrients but can also lead to the creation of free radicals.
Chia seeds: High in insoluble fiber and omega-3 fatty acids A good source of calcium Have more fiber than either flax or hemp seeds
Hemp seeds: Higher in protein than flax or chia seeds Contain all the essential amino acids Help to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar What's the best way to get your seed fix? They make wonderfully healthy additions to smoothies, salads, oatmeal, and more. Have fun experimenting with different combinations and reap the benefits