We use golden organic cold milled flax seeds. They have so many benefits we couldn’t leave them out of the blend. Because of their high levels of fiber, 7 different lignans and plant based Omega 3s, flax seeds can help with: improved digestion; clearer skin; and lowering cholesterol. The high fiber can help reduce sugar cravings and decrease the glycemic hit when combined with many high carb foods. Lignans can balance hormones and have been shown to fight cancer; the fullness factor and satisfaction from eating flax seeds can promote weight loss too.
WHAT ARE LIGNANS? Lignans are unique fiber-related polyphenols (micro nutrients) that provide us with antioxidant benefits for anti-aging, hormone balance and cellular health. Polyphenols support the growth of probiotics in the gut and may also help control overgrowths of yeast and candida in the body. Lignans are also known for their anti-viral and antibacterial properties, and consuming flax regularly may help reduce the number or severity of colds and flus.
In addition to the fact raw pumpkin seeds are deliciously rich in flavor, studies have shown raw pumpkins seeds to support: diabetes by its insulin regulating properties; antimicrobial and antifungal benefits for gut and cellular health; therapeutic oxidative stress reduction through their rich antioxidant spectrum.
While antioxidant nutrients are found in most whole foods, it's the broad range of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds that sets them apart from other seeds and why we chose to showcase them in our PowerBlends. Pumpkin seeds contain the antioxidant Vitamin E in a wider variety of forms and more abundantly than most seeds. Alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta- tocopherol, gamma-tocomonoenol & alpha-tocomonoenol, and are all forms of vitamin E found in pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds also have abundant mineral support; high in phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and copper and a good source of the minerals zinc and iron.
These seeds have been in the health industustry's spotlight for years with increasing popularity because of the many benefits their consumers are experiencing. Studies have shown the following benefits of having Chia in your diet: increased fiber Intake; increased levels of Omega-3 vs. Omega-6; lower blood pressure; improved blood sugar control.
We chose chia seeds to be in the blends because they are so rich in fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They also have essential proteins that compliment the amino acids in hemp seeds perfectly. Chia seeds contain 18 of the 22 amino acids, including all nine essential amino acids: isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine, and histamine. When combined chia and hemp seeds make a complete and perfect amino acid food.
OMEGA 3s Chia seeds hail to be one of the best sources of plant based omega-3 fatty acids. Because of this they promote a lower ratio of omega-6’s to omega-3s in the diet. So many of the typical American diets are so abundant in processed foods they very often disrupt the natural omega balance in the body. Omega 6's are important in the diet, however, they should be consumed in a non-processed, whole food form. Processed oils that contain Omega 6s can be too overwhelming for the system and can result in excess inflammation for the body – as most of us know, science is now discovering a litany of health issues attributed to increased inflammation.
FIBER We've all heard fiber is good for us. It really is, for most of us. Another reason we chose chia seeds is their high fiber content. 95% of the fibers are Insoluble. Insoluble fibers have been associated with blood sugar stabilization and heart health. Our gut is the seat of our health, insoluble fiber is a vital component of gut health and the prebiotic effect it has on the microflora in our intestines (see blog on gut health).
ANTIOXIDANTS We can't forget the antioxidants. Oxidative stress may be one thing that is on your mind? Maybe not, but it should be. Stress (we would call it an epidemic) is toxic, yes TOXIC to your body. The best way to fight it is to become friends with stress because it's not something that is just going to go away easily. The next step is incorporate as many antioxidants into your body as possible. Chia seeds are just the answer!
MINERALS - We know we are supposed to have minerals in our diet, but why? It's kind of off the radar for most of us. Here are a list of the minerals chia seeds have in abundance. Each of these minerals plays a different and synergistic role with the others in our body. We NEED them to give our system a fighting chance against the viruses, bad bacterias, and all the environmental stresses we are exposed to each day.
The part of the seed we use is called the hemp heart. It has a delicious and rich nutty flavor. For optimal nutrient potency we make small batches and order the seeds freshly hulled each time we batch. This is a much more expensive way to do it, but it stays true with our mission to provide only fresh amazingly power food to fuel you. We chose to add the super nutritious hemp heart to the blend because of their unique amino acid profile and perfect Omega 3 to Omega 6 balance. The Proteins (amino acids) in the hemp heart are methionine and cysteine, as well as very high levels of arginine and glutamic acid. Why are these amino acids so important?