The stars of our yummy products are of course the ingredients. Nuts and seeds are real powerhouses when it comes to nutrition. They contain heaps of protein, essential fats, dietary fibre and micronutrients essential for a healthy and happy life. And, on top of it all, they taste great. Listed below are just a few of the many amazing things our health boosters can do for you:
Cashews are a great mineral source, containing 31% of the daily recommended value for copper, 23% for manganese, 20% for magnesium and 17% for phosphorus, add to that 12% of the daily recommended value for vitamin K.
Magnesium helps diminish the frequency of migraines, improve cognitive ability and lowers blood pressure. Copper protects against heart disease and cancer. Magnesium works with copper to provide bone strength, with melanin and elastin to provide joint flexibility, giving the nerves just the right tension
Almonds contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids in addition to fibre, phytosterols, vitamins, other minerals, and antioxidants, which can help prevent cardiovascular heart diseases.
Also, almonds have two very important fatty acids, both linoleic and linolenic acids. Those fatty acids help to reduce inflammation all around the body. Manganese, copper and riboflavin in almonds helps in energy production and metabolic rate
Brazil Nuts are a very good source of vitamin-E; they contain about 7.87 mg per 100 g (about 52% of RDA). Vitamin-E is required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucusa and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
These creamy nuts are an excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin (51% of RDA per 100 g), riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and folates. They also hold good levels of other minerals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. Copper for example helps prevent anemia and bone weakness
Walnuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (about 72%) like oleic acid and an excellent source of all important omega-3 essential fatty acids like linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids. Regular intake of walnuts in the diet helps in lowering total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood which can help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes.
It has been recently discovered that walnuts have the highest levels of popyphenolic antioxidants than any other common edible nuts
Pecans are packed with antioxidants - one of those is vitamin E, which scientists say may convey neurological and cell protection. Betacarotenes, lutein, and zeaxanthin in pecans also help rid your body of harmful free radicals, protecting it from disease, cancer, and infection.
Pecans contain Manganese (245% of the daily value per serving), copper, magnesium (for a healthy immune system, nerve function, heart rhythm, muscle and bone strength) and zinc (for optimal immune function, protein synthesis, DNA synthesis, cell division, and wound healing). Plant sterols in pecans offer further cholesterol-lowering ability.
Hazelnuts are a rich source of numerous essential nutrients. High in protein, dietary fiber, vitamin E, thiamin, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium, all exceeding 30% of Daily Value, and help reduce blood pressure and inflammation. Plus several B vitamins. Lesser in volume but still significant (10-19% DV) are vitamin K, calcium, zinc, and potassium. Hazelnuts are a significant source of total fat, accounting for 93% DV in a 100-gram serving. The fat components are monounsaturated fat as oleic acid (75% of total) proven to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, polyunsaturated fat mainly as linoleic acid (13% of total) and saturated fat, mainly as palmitic acid and stearic acid (together, 7% of total).
Sunflower Seeds are especially rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid. Like nuts, they too are a very good source of proteins loaded with fine quality amino acids such as tryptophan that are essential for growth, They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sunflower seeds. Many of these minerals play a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme secretion, hormone production, as well as in the regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.
Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. They can lower blood sugar levels, reduce bone loss and increase immunity. Linseed is an ingredient in traditional herbal remedies registered with the medicines regulator MHRA for the short term relief of constipation.
Chia is filled with two times more protein than most grains and five times more calcium than milk, and no cholesterol. Plus, it has of high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, soluble fiber, potassium and antioxidants. With 27 per cent of the body's daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also help maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair, essential after exercise.
Hemp contains all 10 essential amino acids. It is high in fiber and rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium-beneficial for healthy bones and teeth and aids in proper muscle function, nervous system function and energy metabolism. Hemp contains an ideal ratio of the essential fatty acids Omega 3,6 & 9.
Cocoa Nibs, from cacao fruit beans, are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. One of the best sources of magnesium, needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body (272 milligrams per 100 grams) important for muscle and nerve function and heart rhythm. Dietary fibre, 1 ounce has 9 grams and iron, necessary for red blood cell production, are also found. 1 ounce of raw nibs has 6% of your recommended daily iron intake. Cacao's ability to act on neurotransmitters is why it's known for its mood-enhancing benefit. It stimulates the brain to release neurotransmitters that trigger emotions like euphoria. Phenylethylamine (PEA), an adrenal-related chemical our bodies make when excited makes us feel focused and alert. Anandamide, a lipid found in cacao, is also part of its feel-good factor. Theobromine, which makes up 1-2 % of the cacao bean, is a nervous system stimulant that dilates the blood vessels like caffeine. You also get more calcium from cacao than chocolate, because the sugar in chocolate takes calcium reserves from the body.