The seed of pumpkin is rich in zinc, which has a beneficial effect on prostate function. On the other hand, older men should take foods rich in zinc and because it has positive effects on bone …
Zinc from pumpkin protects bones
Although osteoporosis is most commonly associated with post-menopausal women, it is a risk for older men: 1 of 8 men over age of 50 experience a fracture due to osteoporosis.
The study, which included 400 men aged 45 to 92 years published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reveals a clear link between low zinc intake through food and osteoporosis (the most affected are the hips and spine).
In addition to zinc (17.1% of daily needs), a quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains 46.1% of the daily requirement for magnesium, 28.7% for iron, 52% of manganese, 24% for copper and 16.9% protein.
Sesame against cholesterol
Phytosterols are compounds that have a chemical structure similar to cholesterol, and when they are sufficiently present in nutrition, it is believed that can reduce cholesterol levels, improve immunity and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
In the Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Food Chemistry it was published how much phytosterols contain the seeds. Most of phytosterols are in the sunflower (270-289 mg / 100 g) and of pumpkin seeds (265 mg / 100 g).
Sesame has the highest overall level of phytosterols (400-413 mg / 100 g) of all seeds.
Flaxseed takes the pressure off
Flaxseed lowers cholesterol, protects from heart disease and control high blood pressure. Due to the high concentration of soluble fiber, ground flaxseed reduces problems with constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis. Also, flaxseed lowers the risk of breast, colon, prostate, for which the phytosterols are responsible.
Sunflower for slowing down the aging
Sunflower seeds are the best source of vitamin E, an antioxidant important for health, according to the USDA database of nutrient foods: 28 g oil-roasted sunflower seeds provides 76% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin E.
It is believed that the tocopherols, the main elements of vitamin E, have an important role in the prevention of diseases which are associated with aging, such as cancer and heart disease.
Nibble sesame to clean arteries
Sesame protects postmenopausal women from heart disease that threaten women older than 50, the results of new research.
Roasted sesame is a popular part of traditional Asian cuisine. In Asian countries it is considered that sesame acts against aging. Sesame (sesame oil) are an excellent source of unsaturated fats, vitamin E and phytosterols.
New research published in the Journal of Nutrition reveals that minced roasted sesame seeds lowers cholesterol in postmenopausal women.
In the study the women had 50 g (slightly more than 3 tablespoons) of ground sesame seeds every day for five weeks. The result: reduced to 5% cholesterol and 10% of LDL (bad) cholesterol, elevated levels of vitamin E in the blood and slow the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (a process that is linked to the closure of the arteries, or atherosclerosis). This finding indicates that sesame can prevent heart disease in at least two ways.
Black is still better
Japanese scientist Kikuchi, a professor of food laboratories in Tsukuba, consider the black sesame seeds better than the bright.
He believes that black sesame has a beneficial effect in diseases of the kidney and liver, and is an excellent source of calcium (1 g black sesame seeds contains 85 mg of calcium, more than twice of the white sesame seeds). Black sesame seeds also have high levels of protein, iron, magnesium and essential fatty acids.