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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:

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      TheListLady 4 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.

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      stealth 4 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)

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      giong dua hau thailand 6 years ago

      famous thailand watermelon seeds

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      prettydarkhorse 6 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

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      jim10 6 years ago from ma

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

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

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

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      fucsia 7 years ago

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

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      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! :)

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      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..........

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

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

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      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!

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      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!

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      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!