The seeds and other nuts can be great allies in the diet of the person with diabetes. Anyone with special nutritional needs can find in seeds and nuts a significant contribution to the required nutritional balance, however, it is important to attend to some aspects to obtain the greatest benefits from their consumption. In this article, we tell you some things that you should keep in mind.
Different types of seeds for different health options
1. The Celery (celery or celery Spain). Celery seed is a plant in the Apiaceae family, as are fennel, parsnips, and parsley. It is generally used as a vegetable to add thickness to vegetable soups. Its cultivation areas are located in the North African and Mediterranean areas.
In the cuisine of Ireland, America, Australia, and Japan, the use of this seed is particularly widespread, because in addition to the particular flavor it brings to food, this plant is ideal for garnishing salads and soups.
Despite their high water content, celery seeds contain many health benefits:
- They are antibacterial. Celery seeds have long been used for their antibacterial content. Recently, research in the UK has found antibacterial effects against bacteria such as H. pylori in alcoholic extracts of celery seeds.
- They affect the control of diabetes. Celery seeds are useful for people suffering from type 1 diabetes, where there is a deficiency of insulin in the blood, as the daily consumption of celery seeds for diabetes is also useful to raise the level of insulin in the blood. Also, they are useful in preventing the blood sugar level from rising. However, the intake of celery is not effective for patients with type 2 diabetes who have a high content of insulin in the body. The seeds can be infused and consumed in amounts of approximately 2 to 3 cups of tea daily.
2. Squash: These seeds have antioxidants, in addition to having folate, vitamin B6, thiamine, vitamin A and selenium. Therefore, they are especially useful in fighting diabetes, heart disease, and cancer cells as well. Unfortunately, despite its benefits, the pumpkin seed is generally discarded, and its therapeutic potential, even for treating insomnia and fluid retention, is discarded. Among the benefits of these seeds, the following stand out:
- Rich in antioxidants
- Improve heart health
- Help stabilize blood sugar levels
- They improve the quality of sleep
- Reduce the growth of cancer cells
- They improve the quality and function of the bladder and men’s health in particular.
3. Jamun Seeds: Jamun is a tropical evergreen tree, from the Myrtaceae family, native to India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. Jambu is the Sanskrit name for Jamun and has a special mention in various classical Ayurveda texts. It has another name in India is Jambudweep (a nation with so many Jambu (Jamun) or Indian Blackberry trees. Jamun seeds are used in medicines such as Ayurveda, Unani, and China to treat digestive diseases. Jamun is also used in the fights against diabetes.
The jambolin and jambosin present in jamun slow the release of sugar in the blood and also increase the availability of insulin in the body. To use them, you can spray them once dry, and then consume them before each meal.
In the case of Ayurvedic medicine and cuisine, jamun seeds are a basic ingredient for treating diabetes. Its astringent and antidiuretic character helps reduce frequent urination, as well as hypoglycemic properties, which is the ability to lower blood sugar and has antioxidants that make it really amazing for diabetics. Jamun seeds and fruit pulp have these properties.
How to use Jamun seeds:
- Clean the Jamun seeds and store in a covered container.
- Squeeze the seeds out of the meat part with your fingers and store them in another container.
- Wash the seeds well so that no meat remains on them.
- Now, spread the seeds on a clean cloth and keep them in the sun to dry. Keep in mind that they take three to four days to dry.
- Once dry, peel the outer shell and collect the inner green kernel of the seeds.
- The green inner core of the seeds can easily be split in half with just a press of your fingers. Once you break them down, keep them in the sun for a few more days until they dry out.
- This powder will be the one that you use as a condiment for the dried seeds in a crusher. You will notice coarse powder.
- Sift the crushed seeds and repeat the same method until most of the dry powder passes through the sieve.
- Store the jamun seed powder in an airtight container and use it whenever you like.
- Drink a glass of water and a teaspoon of ham seed powder every morning on an empty stomach.
Precautions when consuming seeds:
Despite its benefits, the seeds must be consumed with great care. In particular, industrially processed seeds are high in sodium and may contain additives and additional ingredients that can be harmful to your health. This is why it is important that you carefully review the label when selecting the product to purchase. If you can, choose raw seeds that can be processed to your liking at home.
The peel of some seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, can irritate the stomach, causing a digestive problem such as diarrhea, for example. But it must also be remembered that this peel can also be difficult to chew for those with difficulty chewing or swallowing. Another antinutritional condition of the seeds, in general, is that eating them in large quantities can cause problems such as constipation, gas, or bloating or even lead to weight gain.