Introduction

The seed contains all necessary items for the formation of a new plant so it is a very important nutritional supplement that will provide us with minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids.

This section is dedicated only to seeds that are consumed directly, with or without shell, in salads, soups, breads, etc ... and we talked at length seeds to germinate in paragraph Sprouts and features seeds of legumes, nuts and grains in the different sections of the Natural World.

Black pudding. Photography by mmate. Creative Commons Licence

 

Properties

To explain more properly the properties of the seeds is first interesting to know the structure of a seed: 

The seed consists of two distinct parts: the integument and embryo. 

  • The integument is the envelope that protects the embryo which is the internal part of the seed. Depending on what appropriate plant that seed, the integument can be thin as the skin of a pea or as a hard coconut shell. In addition to its protective role in the integument are microphyll, a pore through which pass the water needed for plant germination. 

  • The embryo contains a plumule which will be the stalk when the plant grows up, a radicle which will be the root and endosperm consists of one or two cotyledons which are nourishing reserve for the plant. 

In general all the seeds are rich in B vitamins and E vitamin which are very necessary for the formation of the new plant. The B vitamins are very important for the maintenance of the nervous, digestive system and skin system. E Vitamin is necessary for the heart, nerves and reproduction, is a vitamin that helps in the renewal of tissues and glands in general.

Millets & traditional indian recipes. Photography by balusss. Creative Commons Licence

The seeds have unsaturated fatty acids that contribute to the proper functioning of the skin and kidneys and along with lecithin that also they contain, contribute to emulsify cholesterol. 

The seeds are composed of elements at such proportions that how rare find in other nutrients, contain little sodium which is excellent for people who have to make a low-salt diet, heart problems, etc. and are interested in benefiting from the nutritional properties of the seed, so it is very important to incorporate the seeds to your diet. 

However the seeds are rich in calcium so they are very suitable for the maintenance of bones, teeth and muscle toning. They also provide much magnesium, very calming to the body and especially necessary for the intestines. 

Ultimately seeds are highly recommended for nutrition and maintenance of our body and mind.

Article written by Shauri.