Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Optimum Diet – Seeds, Nuts, and Grains

By Neill Abayon

Seeds, nuts, and grains are the most important and the most potent foods of all. Their nutritional value is unsurpassed by any other food. Eaten mostly raw and sprouted, but also cooked, they contain all the important nutrients essential for human growth, sustenance of health and prevention of disease in the most perfect combination and balance. In addition, they contain the secret of life itself, the germ, the reproductive power, the spark of life in the seeds, is of extreme importance for the life of man, his health, and his own reproductive capacity and power.

All seeds and grains are useful and beneficial, but you should eat predominantly those that are grown in your own environment. Millet, buckwheat, wheat, oats, barley, brown rice, sesame seed, beans, peas – all are wonderful health foods. Wheat, mung beans. Alfalfa seeds and soybeans make excellent sprouts. Sprouting increases their nutritional value tremendously .  Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds, buckwheat and soybeans –  all contains complete proteins or all the essential amino acid, will become complete protein foods if eaten together or if eaten with vegetable or milk.

Seeds, nuts and grains are not only excellent sources of protein but also the best natural sources of essential unsaturated fatty acids without which health cannot be sustained. They are also nature’s best source of lecithin and most of the B-complex vitamins. Sprouted seeds are a good source of vitamins C and A.

Perhaps The most important vitamin for preservation of health and prevention of premature aging is vitamin E. Whole seeds, grains and nuts are, by far, the best natural sources of this vitamin.

Seeds, grains and nuts are also goldmines of minerals and pacifarins, an antibiotic resistance factor that increases man’s natural resistance to disease. They also contain auxones, natural substances that help produce vitamins in the body and play a part in the rejuvenation of cells, preventing premature aging. Whole grains, seeds and nuts will also supply the necessary bulk in the diet. The bran of the grains and seeds is vital for such disease as appendicitis, diverticulitis and cancer of the colon, as shown by recent studies.

All seeds and nuts should be eaten raw. Those that can be sprouted, should be in sprouted form. Some grains, such as rice, buckwheat, millet, rye and barley, can be cooked in the form of cereals or bread. Particularly, sourdough bread is extremely beneficial. During the natural souring process, due to the enzymatic  action on the grain, valuable lactic acid demonstrated by Dr. Jahannes Kuhl and others. Also the fermentation makes certain nutrients in grains more easily available for assimilation in the intestinal tract. This is particularly true in regard to zinc, manganese and other trace minerals. Rye, is the most suitable grain to make sourdough bread. Millet and buckwheat cereals are most delicious and nutritious foods. Beans and peas can be cooked, and should be used often.

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