Wednesday, November 11, 2009

100 Healthy Living Tips - #14 - Add Seeds to Your Diet

Did you know that adding sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and flaxseeds to your diet is good for your heart, your joints, your eyesight and your skin? Just 2 tablespoons of seeds daily can give great health benefits:
  • Sesame seeds are great sources of copper which is an anti-inflammatory that will help ease joint pain. Inflammation also contributes to allergies and other health problems.
  • Flaxseed contains heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid with helps lower cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
  • Sunflower seeds contain Vitamin E, which helps prevent sun damage to skin. Sunflower seeds also contain zinc which helps prevent macular degeneration in the eyes and helps boost your immune system.
How to get healthy seeds into your daily diet:
  • Add 2 TBS of seeds to cereal, a smoothie or yogurt.
  • Add sunflower seeds to your salad.
  • Mix into salad dressings.
  • Add a few tablespoons of seeds to your bread mixes, muffins, brownies,  pancakes or just about anything you bake.
  • Keep sunflower seeds around for snacking. They also contain muscle building protein.
Adding seeds to your diet is a quick and easy healthy living tip that can fit into just about any meal or snack during the day.

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