ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Seeds for Good Health: 7 Kinds Including Watermelon Seeds

Updated on November 3, 2011

Watermelon

Enjoy the seeds!
Enjoy the seeds!

Healthy Seeds

Did you know - watermelon seeds are super healthy? Perhaps more familiar are the sunflower seeds that seem to have been ithe snack of choice when I was growing up. We'd spit those shells everywhere, (and watermelon seeds), even have distance contests. Although junk seems to have taken over in the snacking world, seeds are returning as a snack. Good thing too, because they are loaded with nutrition and are quite satisfying. Very little goes a long way in providing nutrition.

7 Healthy Seeds and Their Benefits:

1 - SUNFLOWER SEEDS - Sunflower seeds have folic acid which helps reduce stress by increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a natural antidepressant - which may explain why children are so happy eating these seeds. Sunflower seeds also have B vitamins to provide energy, as well as magnesium which helps control stress. Sunflower seeds are easily found, and still sold in those tiny snack-sized bags for children - costing maybe 25 cents. A nice alternative when offering snacks to children.

2 - WATERMELON SEEDS - Surprise! Watermelon seeds are packed with super healthy benefits. There are more than 1,200 varieties grown all over the world. In the US, while we have been demanding seedless, we are missing the benefits of the seeds. Watermelon seeds (an ounce) contains 3 grams of zinc (which is 25% of the RDA), 2 grams of iron, and are high in protein. Watermelon seeds also have essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals and are known to provide energy. A few seeds are all that is necessary for the benefits.

3 - FLAX SEEDS - Flax seeds have compounds that are similar to the hormones that make progesterone more efficient. Additionally, the fatty acids in flax seeds are known to help reduce depression. It is recommended that flax seeds to consumed when they are ground - which I do in my coffee grinder. Although I do just chew them as well (flax is also being used to manufacture cars, see link below).

4 - SESAME SEEDS - Sesame seeds are beneficial for reducing cholesterol levels. This is due to the lignans in the seeds, which block the absorption of cholesterol. Sesame seeds are easily added to the diet by sprinkling on any food you are preparing, such as stir-fried vegetables. It is sometimes recommended that you toast the seeds in a pan before eating - but it is not necessary.

5 - CHIA SEEDS - Yes, these are the same seeds that have been used on those pets, as in chia pets - that are sold every Christmas. Chia has a lot of healthy benefits, such as protein, omega-3 fatty acids, micro-nutrients, and hydrophilc colloid. Chia seeds slow the conversion of dietary carbohydrates and are beneficial in controlling type 2 diabetes (for an article on more chia benefits please see the link below).

6 - GRAPE SEEDS - If you are a grape lover, get the grapes with seeds. Like watermelon, we are becoming a culture that wants everything seedless, but it is those grape seeds that also have antioxidants, as well as flavonols which strengthen capillaries. This is beneficial for shrinking arterial walls and reducing swelling if varicose veins are a problem. Plus seeded grapes are cheaper than the seedless variety.

7 FENNEL SEEDS - Fennel seeds are those tiny little seeds that taste like licorice - good for chewing and freshening the breath, but also good for stopping menstrual cramps. Fennel seeds contain the oil known as anethole which helps relax muscles.

For more healthy benefits of seeds used as an oil and in recipes please see links below:

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • TheListLady profile imageAUTHOR

      TheListLady 

      5 years ago from New York City

      giong dua hau thailand - I wish I knew this when I visited Thailand!

      Stealth - it is so hard to find those luscious watermelons with big black seeds here in the USA. We are being deprived of a great source of nutrition.

    • profile image

      stealth 

      5 years ago

      I'm addicted to watermelon seeds. When I eat these all day I can see shine on my face and hair gets bit oily (like taking V'E)

    • profile image

      giong dua hau thailand 

      7 years ago

      famous thailand watermelon seeds

    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 

      7 years ago from US

      Oh I don't know about the last four seeds, when I go to Walmart, I will look for chia, am curious about the seed of it and the grape seed, I will try it, Thanks, Maita

    • jim10 profile image

      jim10 

      7 years ago from ma

      I knew seeds were healthy. But, never knew what nutritional value each actually had. Thanks for the great Hub.

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Thelistlady, Great hub! Thank you for the tips on which seeds are healthy to eat! Peace & Blessings!

    • fucsia profile image

      fucsia 

      7 years ago

      This Hub is full of news that I did not know ! Pleasure to read you! :))

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Watermelon seeds are beneficial......Who knew? I have some watermelon in the fridge right now and I am off to eat it now....a few seeds included! :)

    • profile image

      jo 

      7 years ago

      I am not a seedy person, but I might give this a try.

      I take out the white seeds in the seedless watermelon,

      so you know I am hopeless..........

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Great information - I love growing sunflowers for the seeds, although I confess I leave them mostly for the birds because I love attracting them!

    • theherbivorehippi profile image

      theherbivorehippi 

      7 years ago from Holly, MI

      You know...another hubber I follow...BkCreative....told me about the wonderful benefits of chia seeds so of course I have since eaten them and I started eating watermelon seeds. I agree with TheVacationLady...I have never had fennel seeds but I really love licorice so I must be missing out! Wonderful hub! Rated up for sure!

    • profile image

      bayoulady 

      7 years ago

      And to think, Daddy always told us to BE CAREFUL and don't swallow the seeds. To scare us, he asked us weren't we afraid that if we swallowed a watermelon seed it would growin our tummy!

      Good hub!

    • LivingFood profile image

      LivingFood 

      7 years ago

      Excellent list! Sunflower seeds are my absolute favorite...they are a must have in my diet! Grape seeds are bitter, but I eat them anyway, and now I have another reason to do so.

    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Who knew this about watermelon seeds. So true we are taught to look for seedless grapes and watermelons. What an added benefit - I mean if you are buying the fruit anyway - why not get the added benefit of the seeds.

      Great information. Rated up!

    • TheVacationLady profile image

      TheVacationLady 

      7 years ago from Everywhere

      Do you know I have never eaten fennel seeds??? I didn't know they taste like licorice?! I must get some! I love licorice!! Thanks for the information!

    • GreenThumbLady profile image

      GreenThumbLady 

      7 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      I was eating watermelon seeds tonight! lol I will have to try some of these others. What a fabulous hub! I always forget about how much I love sesame seeds....I must put them on my shopping list!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)