Seeds contain the book of life. They have all of the genetic information necessary to create a new life. Thus, they contain various constituents that ensure their survival in nature. These powerful constituents have fantastic benefits for us when we consume them.
The bitter seeds of a grapefruit contain extremely potent anti-microbial compounds. To use this therapeutically, the seeds are processed to make grapefruit seed extract (GSE). GSE is particularly effective at killing yeast such as candida albicans.
Grape seeds contain some of the most powerful antioxidants found on earth. These antioxidants are called proanthocyanidins (PCs) and have shown great benefit in treating venous and capillary disorders including venous insufficiency, varicose veins, capillary fragility, and disorders of the retina (e.g., diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration). They have also been shown to lower cholesterol and even reverse atherosclerosis. PCs have a great antioxidant effect compared with vitamins C and E.
The extraction process of a constituent in the apricot kernel called Laetrile (also called vitamin B17) was developed by Dr. Ernst Krebs, Jr., who pioneered the use of laetrile in cancer therapy. Substantial amounts are actually found in peaches, cherries, berries, buckwheat, millet, alfalfa, and some strains of beans and peas.
Ralph W. Moss, one the worlds leading cancer researchers, talks about the political and scientific controversy that has surrounded laetrile in his book The Cancer Industry (Paragon House, 1989). He states, "Although spokespersons for orthodox medicine continue to deny that there have been many animal study data in favour of laetrile, this is contradicted by a number of studies, including -- but not limited to -- those at Sloan-Kettering." (Sloan-Kettering is one of the top cancer research centres in the world).
There is an old folk remedy that is often taught in herbal medicine that pumpkin seeds can help with eliminating parasites. Elizabeth Lipsky details it in her book Digestive Wellness (McGraw Hill 2011). The theory is that the pumpkin seeds paralyze the bugs and then, with the introduction of a mild natural laxative, they are eliminated. One of my students mentioned that, on her farm, they give pumpkin seeds to their animals to help with parasite removal. There could be something to this!
Papain is an enzyme found in the seeds of a papaya. It works by breaking down the membranes of parasites, ultimately causing them to die. Eating about 1/4 cup of papaya everyday for 10 days has been shown to help with the elimination of parasites.
Global Seed Vault: In the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, about 1,300 kilometres from the North Pole, there's a global seed vault. The vault houses a wide variety of seeds to preserve the genetics in case of a global crisis. They did this from an understanding that seeds are the key to life for the whole planet.
What Has Happened to Our Seeds?
Seedless grapes. Seedless watermelon. Seedless cucumber. Seedless bananas (yes bananas). Seedless oranges. What happened to all of the seeds? One word... convenience.
We have bred our foods to make them more convenient by eliminating the most important part of the food.
In addition, many foods are made from genetically modified seeds which our immune systems do not recognize. Eating these foods can wreak havoc on our health, as Jeffrey Smith teaches worldwide.
Next time you're at the market be sure to look for the whole food... seeds included.
Almonds are packed with nutrients and are a filling and flavorful snack. They contain protein, vitamin E, healthy fats, along with the minerals calcium and magnesium.
Pistachios contain healthy fats, protein, fiber, and the minerals phosphorus, copper, manganese. They are also rich in plant stanols; research found that substituting these jade gems for fatty meats can actually lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Walnuts not only taste great, but also provide a heart-healthy addition to your diet. Rich in the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid, and antioxidants such as selenium, walnuts also provide protein, fiber, magnesium and phosphorus to the diet.
Flaxseeds are high-protein and rich in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid. Its high fiber content (two tablespoons contain nearly five grams of fiber) can help to reduce cholesterol and regulate bowels. They are also rich in B vitamins, the minerals magnesium and manganese, and plant lignans, which may prevent certain types of cancer and diabetes.
Sunflower seeds contain the antioxidant vitamins E, and C, protein, and fiber. They make for a great heart-healthy snack eaten by themselves or sprinkled onto a salad or vegetable dish. When eating them as a snack, try "deshelling" them yourself, since a small portion goes a long way, both in terms of calories and flavor.
Chia seeds are rich in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Research found that that chia seeds may lower blood pressure and reduce an individual's risk of heart problems.
Hemp seeds contain both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which may offer protective benefits against inflammatory conditions, atherosclerosis, and certain neurological problems. Hemp also contains vitamin E, protein, fiber and iron, and is a healthy component of a plant-based diet.
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