Have you ever been eating into a delicious piece of fruit, and annoyingly, been having to pick out the seeds every other second? Well, turns out that you might actually want to start eating some of those seeds!
Current research is starting to show that many of these seeds are incredibly nutritious! Not only do many of them contain valuable macro-nutrients such as fiber, protein, and healthy fats, but many of them also contain phytochemicals that can combat many of the most dreadful diseases that we are plagued with today.
The seeds from fruit can also create another avenue for sources of protein for those that are living vegetarian or vegan lifestyles as well. So, let’s get this show on the road and let me introduce you to the TOP 4 fruits which YOU should be eating the seeds from!
Polyphenols! These are the planet molecules that give fruit their color and supply them with heavy antioxidant capacity. A study reported in October of 2002 in “Food Journal” compared the total polyphenol content of extracts from various seeds of several different citrus fruits, which included two varieties of tangerine. Kaew-wan, which was one of the tangerine varieties included, had the highest content of polyphenols of the seven citrus types that were studied.
Limonoids are the bitter citrus compounds found in the seeds, peel and fruit. This group of compounds exhibit a wide range of potential health benefits in clinical study, including anticancer, antibacterial, antifungal, antimalarial, and antiviral activities.
There has even been significant progress on the role of limonoids as potential candidates for cancer prevention and use an adjunct to cancer therapy. So next time you’re chowing down on one of these baby’s, you may not want to be spitting out these possible benefits!
For one, these bad boys are loaded with B vitamins, with the highest amounts in niacin and folate. B vitamins help convert our food into energy and help many bodily functions stay in balance.
Although folate has many health benefits, it is mainly needed for the formation of red and white blood cells in the bone marrow, conversion of carbohydrates into energy and the production of DNA and RNA. It plays a vital role in DNA synthesis and repair.
Niacin on the other hand, can have vast benefits upon your cardiovascular health. It has been used by conventional medicine for heart disease patients for a very long time because of it’s ability to reduce LDL (the “bad” cholesterol).
Of all the minerals in the seeds, Magnesium is the most abundant, weighing in with 139 percent of the recommended daily value, in 1 cup of dried seeds. Many Americans are deficient in this mineral due to poor soil quality and bad diet, which may make these seeds of good use to many.
There are by far too many health benefits of magnesium to name them all, but it helps regulate the absorption of calcium and vitamin D, which is very important considering these are also common deficiencies. It is also known as the “calming” mineral because of it’s relaxing effect upon the nervous system. Notice any overly stressed out individuals around you?
I know that many of you have always bought the seedless grapes for most your lives because that is what is most widely sold, or for the convenience of not having to chew on seeds, but it is my belief that everything is always better if we eat it as mother nature intended and you are about to figure out why!
Grape seeds contain proanthrocyanadin complexes, which in clinical research have shown to be potent antioxidants, along with other powerhouse nutrients such as vitamin-E, flavonoids and linoleic acids. The September 2009 issue of “The Journal of Nutrition” stated that the phytochemicals and antioxidants in grape seeds have the ability to fight cancer, improve insulin sensitivity, and decrease inflammation in the body.
Although, not necessarily by eating the whole grape itself, a study of healthy volunteers found that taking grape seed extract substantially increased their blood levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are very important for destroying free radicals which are created in our bodies everyday from environmental toxins and poor dietary choices. There is a myriad of evidence that free radicals contribute to aging, as well as the development of a number of disastrous health problems, especially heart disease and cancer.
If you’d like to have your shot at some of these potential benefits, do your best and shop at your local farmers markets or health food stores where you have access to grapes that have seeds as nature intended them too!
Although not necessarily a food source, a teaspoon of these seeds can have great medicinal value for a few different things. The seeds have a very spicy taste to them, sort of like a mixture of mustard and peppercorn.
The fruit and the seeds contain a proteolytic enzyme papain which can help kill parasites in the body and digestive tract. In the same way, papain also breaks down undigested protein waste within the body. The seeds also contain a unique anthelmintic alkaloid called carpaine that has been shown to be very effective at killing not only parasitic worms, but also amoebas and protozoa.
In one study, researchers found that a mixture of honey and papaya seeds cleared stools of parasites in 23 out of 30 subjects. If one is treating a parasitic infection it is wise to drink A LOT of water while doing so in order to flush out the dead parasites.
Liver cirrhosis, another major problem here in the United States due to excess fructose and alcohol consumption, can also be relieved with this miraculous little seed.
One method is to grind up about half a teaspoon of dried seeds in a pepper grinder, or crush up fresh ones in a mortar and pestle, and mix them with a tablespoon of fresh lime juice.
The average dosage for this papaya seed treatment is to drink this combination twice a day for a month. Many cirrhosis sufferers have had substantial improvements with this natural remedy.
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