Superfoods and Superseeds
Chia seed is well known as a great source of antioxidants and healthy fatty acids where it contains around 30% of omega 3 and 40% of omega 6. On top, it is a complete protein that contains around 14% protein by weight. The substantially dense percentage of alpha-linolenic fatty acid is attractive to consumers where the commodity packs in more omega 3s than salmon on a gram to gram comparison.
Hemp seeds are rich in protein and consists of various amino acids, including all the essential amino acids. The protein amount is comparable to beef and lamb on a gram to gram basis. The commodity consist of 35% essential fatty acids, including the rare omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acids (GLA).
Pumpkin seed is a nutritional powerhouse that consists of a wide range of minerals, including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. The extreme high level of magnesium is vital for many essential organ functions and is shown to benefit blood pressure/cardiovascular problems. The diversity of antioxidants provide many positive health impacts.
Buckwheat provides a rich supply of flavonoids, especially rutin. The phytonutrients are linked to contribute against diseases. On top, minerals are densely packed in the commodity as it contains very easy digestible protein.
Teff is part of an increasing consumer desire for ancient grains. This high in fiber food, especially resistant starch, is excellent for blood sugar balance and gut health. Also, it is a strong source of protein as it holds all amino acids. With the rich contents of calcium, manganese, and iron, this has become a popular ingredient for outdoor activist.
Amaranth is a pseudograin like quinoa. The food is a complete protein where it contains the essential amino acid lysine, which is deficient in wheat and barley. Besides being 13% in protein, it is also a very good source of vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and riboflavin. One cup of uncooked amaranth surprisingly provide 31% of RDA for calcium, 14% for vitamin C, and 82% for iron.
Sacha Inchi Seeds
Sacha Inchi seeds is a perennial plant that can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, altitudes, and soil’s pH. Consist of high level of protein, fatty acids, vitamin E, carotenoids (vitamin A), and fiber. With a 5:3:1 ratio of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9, this has attracted many health enthusiasts. On top, tryptophan helps maintain emotional well-being as it is a precursor to serotonin, which is a hormone that makes us feel good.
Sunflower naturally produce grey/green seeds that are edible and nutritious. They contain high levels of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, especially an excellent source of Vitamin E (around 35g per 100g), which helps reduce inflammation through neutralizing free radicals that can be harmful to the body. Rich contents of polyunsaturated fatty acids like linolenic acids and oleic acid help maintain cholesterol level.
Djulis (Chenopodium formosanum)
Djulis belongs to the Amaranthaceae family and pseudo cereals. Other names include Taiwanese quinoa or red quinoa as it has been eaten by the natives for hundreds of years. Besides containing all essential amino acids, it has a high level of lysine, which participates in lowering cholesterol and absorbing calcium. Moreover, the extensive nutritional profile includes high amount of dietary fiber, folate (vitamin B9), iron, zinc, selenium, and manganese.
Quinoa is one of the most well-known superfood. The concentrated quantities of flavonoids, especially quercetin and kaempferol, can be comparable to cranberry. The food packs in a high level of fiber even when compared to other grains based on gram to gram basis. On top, it has a very low glycemic index. Besides being a rich source of minerals, it contains heart healthy fats like monosaturated fat in the form of oleic acid.