Characterised by a high content of lipids and a good content of carbohydrates and proteins of high biological value, oilseeds represent a super interesting kind of food from the nutritional point of view as they are energetic and complete.
However, what has made oilseeds very popular among wellness lovers is their incredible antioxidant power: these seeds contain vitamin E, minerals such as selenium and omega-3 unsaturated fats, 6 and 9, which perform very beneficial actions for our body.
Vitamin E and selenium protect the body from ageing by counteracting the oxidative action of the radicals towards the cell membranes. Unsaturated fatty acids omega-3, 6 and 9 are called “essential” because they are not synthesizable in the body, and as such they must be introduced through feeding: in addition to preventing the accumulation of triglycerides in the blood thus protecting the cardiovascular system, they defend intestinal mucous membranes, play an anti-inflammatory action and increase the body’s immune response.
In addition to the above microelements, oil seeds contain B vitamins and good levels of minerals such as iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
The oilseeds are also rich in complex carbohydrates, which contribute to the control of cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood, as well as being essential in the regulation of digestive functions. Finally, oilseeds are naturally gluten-free, which is why are widely used in gluten-free diets.