How flaxseed, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds can help your immune system
The first thing to consider here is the role that each of these super seeds play in helping your immune system. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet allows you to stay healthy, and a healthy body is the best way of fighting harmful viruses and bacteria's that can often leave us feeling worse for wear.
The role of flaxseed in helping the immune system
There are many great benefits to flaxseed including weight management, added protein and the transport of oxygen around the body. Flaxseed is a great source of iron and it is iron that helps transport oxygen around your body to your organs and cells. Iron plays an important role in helping your body fight infection by ensuring your immunes system gets oxygen. Iron also helps reduce tiredness and fatigue levels, and these are occasions when we can often easily contract a virus or infection. The Omega 3 fatty acids in flax seed, work with lignans to help your white blood cells and immune system fight off disease. Flaxseed is a great food to introduce to young children to help their developing immune systems.
The role of pumpkin seeds in helping the immune system
Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, but they also contain the essential minerals of zinc and magnesium. Magnesium plays an important role in helping you maintain a healthy heart and zinc plays a big role in helping your immune system, and is particularly popular among men as it is a prostate protecting mineral. Pumpkin seeds also contain tryptophan which the body converts to serotonin to help you get a good night's sleep. Being well rested and getting 6 – 8 hours sleep each night can go a long way to helping your immune system fend off unwelcome illnesses.
The role of sunflower seeds in helping the immune system
Last but by no means least is sunflower seeds, another super food that helps our immune systems. Like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium, but they also contain the mineral copper, which is good for the development and maintenance of healthy bones. Sunflower seeds also contain selenium which help your body fight against certain cancers, while also helping your immune system to control cell damage. Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E, which helps maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. Looking after your immune system starts with your skin and helping maintain a healthy body on the outside, so sunflower seeds and their vitamin E power, will help you to do this.
Benefits of Linwoods flaxseed, pumpkin seed and sunflower seed mix
Linwoods organic flax seed, sunflower & pumpkin seed mix is a great blend of seeds for your body and provides you with many great benefits. These benefits not only help your immune system but also the rest of your body and they include:
- 6.8g protein per 30g serving to help the growth and maintenance of muscle mass and bones
- 3.1g of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) per 30g serving, which helps your body maintain normal blood cholesterol levels
- Great source of vitamin E with 25% RDA per 30g serving, providing your body with antioxidants that help protect your cells
- A great source of Zinc which helps maintain healthy skin, nails and hair. Each 30g serving provides your body with 16% RDA of Zinc
The mix of flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds is packed with many great benefits for your body, and it also adds a textural element and flavour to your favourite dishes. Sprinkle it over your lunchtime salad, mix into a vegetable risotto or add to your breakfast omelette to start enjoying the great benefits of this tasty mix. For more tips on helping improving your immune system, read our previous blog post, 5 foods that can help your immune system – the last one may surprise you.