Six Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin seeds are one of the hidden gems of nutrition for those looking to live a longer and healthier life. Switching out your normal snack for pumpkin seeds could make a huge difference for your health. Here are six extraordinary benefits of incorporating pumpkin seeds into your diet. 1. Packed Full of the Good Fats (Omegas) As we discussed here, omegas are essential to physical and mental health. 28 grams of pumpkin seeds have 13 grams of fat, with 6 grams of omega-6s. Pumpkin seeds are also extremely nutritious with high levels of iron, vitamin K, zinc, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium,...

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Amino Acids Explained in Under 150 Words

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Amino acids explained in under 150 words
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The Case for Plant-Based Diets: Sustainability

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Going plant-based has many benefits, but one of largest benefits is the sustainability results that comes from consuming less meat and dairy. 1. Resources 1,110 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, and 20 pounds of CO2 equivalent are saved daily from a plant-based diet.1 50% of grains are consumed by animals in the livestock industry and more than half of all water in the United States is used for livestock.2 Did you know that 821 million people suffer from starvation due to a lack of resources?3 The grain that is used for livestock...

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The Case for Plant-Based Diets: Performance

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Plant-based diets have been proven to give athletes an advantage with athletic performance, specifically: 1. Increasing blood flow Due to the saturated fat and other elements, animal protein clogs blood reducing the flow of oxygen to muscles being used during intense physical activity and other situations.1 2. Improving muscle efficiency Given the improved blood flow and greater expansion with arteries, a plant based diet allows muscles to contract more efficiently thereby improving performance during exercise.1 3. More efficient energy sources Regardless of the athletic activity, glucose and unrefined carbohydrates (brown rice, oats, bananas) are the optimal source of energy for...

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The Case for Plant-Based Diets: Health

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Plant-based diets are associated with numerous health benefits versus non-vegetarian diets. Factors like life longevity, inflammation, chronic disease, skin, and BMI are just a few of the benefits. Plant-based eating gives people lower calorie density and higher nutrient and antioxidant filled food versus animal protein which is high in saturated fat, calories, and has little to no antioxidant benefits. There is a reason that cultures who have plant based diets like the inhabitants of rural China went thousands of years without any trace of heart disease. All information below is sourced from the U.S. National Institute of Health (NCBI), American...

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Omega-3s Explained

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What are Omega-3s? Omega-3s are fatty acids that the body doesn’t produce naturally and stem from your diet. They are key to the body and provide a number of health benefits. There are three types of Omega-3s: ALA, DHA, and EPA. ALA derive from plant-based sources, whereas DHA and EPA come from fatty fish and fish oil. What do Omega-3s do? The most important Omega-3s are DHA and EPA which play a pivotal role in the body. EPA can reduce chronic inflammation and may reduce symptoms of depression. DHA is a structural component in the retinas and skin, while also...

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