Health Benefits of salba seeds (mint leave seeds)

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 12, 2015

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Salba seeds are the next big thing. But, why, you wonder. Chances are you’re not familiar with salba seed. For starters, salba is a great source of omega-3 fats, calcium, fibre and antioxidants. Learn the 5 amazing health benefits of salba seeds.
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    The amazing salba seeds

    Salba seeds are the seeds of a flowering plant called Salvia hispanica which belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae. The plant is native to Central and Southern Mexico and has been cultivated since pre-Columbian times for its health and healing benefits.


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    Types of Salba seeds

    They come in two varieties- white and black. The white salba seeds are more nutritious than their black counterparts. While the white variety of salba seeds is linked to a long list of health and medicinal uses, the latter is not used for healing purposes. In Mexico, their native place, salba seeds are used as natural remedy against sickness.


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    In what form can you have salba seeds?

    These seeds are conveniently available in most supplement stores. You may find them in powder and pill form. Although salba seeds are loaded with nutrients, talking to your doctor before starting any health supplement is a wise idea.


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    The newest superfood on the block

    Experts have found salba seeds to be an excellent source of protein and dietary fibre. In fact, according to a 2007 study published in the Diabetes Care Journal, they were found to be the highest source of fibre and healthy fat ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) ever found in nature. Chia seeds, as salba seeds, are commonly known to be an “exceptionally rich source of vegetable protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants”, according to another University of Toronto research. All these nutrients are critical for your health.


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    Contain omega-3 fatty acids

    The most known source of omega-3 fatty acids is seafood, but it’s interesting to know that salba seeds contain more essential fatty acids than salmon. The ALA present in them is converted by the body into EPA and DHA—two essential fatty acids critical for brain development, especially in infants and toddlers. Consuming salba seeds reduces risk for cardiovascular diseases and neurological disorders.


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    Packed with antioxidants

    They’ve been named superfoods for a reason—salba seeds are a storehouse of antioxidants. These nutrients protect the body against oxidative stress and prevent free radicals from destroying healthy cells. By eating antioxidant-rich foods, you can lower your risk for chronic diseases such as, diabetes, cancer and heart ailments.


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    Promote weight loss

    Salba seeds are popular for their weight loss benefits too. An abundance of fibre in these seeds keeps the heart healthy and promotes weight loss. Regulation of bowel movement, improved nutrient absorption and curbing cravings are some benefits salba seeds can provide. If you are suffering from digestive problems, you can have salba seeds to recover.


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    Packed with calcium

    Apart from fibre, salba seeds are a rich source of calcium. Having them regularly promotes healthier bones and stronger teeth.

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