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Seeds: What You Need To Know

By Jarrod Roussel | May 22, 2018 | No Comments

Sounds crazy I know, but those seeds you have been spitting out or throwing away all this time are actually powerhouses of nutrients!

Did you know that they contain vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, and other beneficial compounds?

Seeds are reported to have many health benefits including anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the ability to help fight off parasites. Now, you may be asking yourself, but aren’t some seeds like apple seeds harmful?

 

 

Many seeds, such as apples and apricots, contain a compound called amygdalin (also known as vitamin B17) that can create small amounts of cyanide when they are digested. Some seeds do have higher quantities of it than others. The seeds from one or two apples won’t cause any harm, and in fact to cause harm, the average 150lb adult would have to consume anywhere between 200 to 5000 (that’s right, 5000!) apple seeds at one sitting. Your body is equipped to handle small amounts of cyanide without any ill effect. What many people also don’t know is that common veggies and berries contain small amounts of vitamin B17  too.

Vitamin B17 is one of the compounds within seeds believed to have anti-cancer properties, but there is still on-going debate within mainstream medicine concerning its effectiveness for fighting cancer. As with all things, consume seeds in moderation and enjoy their many health promoting benefits! If the idea of crunching on a seed while eating fruit seems too much for you, then try tossing some them into your juice or smoothie for a delicious nutritional boost!

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