Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds. Genesis 43:11
Jacob understood the value of nuts. The ancient world new times of hardship, famine, and great need more so than we do today. Since scarcity was common and preservation of food for lean months difficult, the value of long lasting sources of protein and essential fats were well known.
Sacrificing these mainstays is risky for he and the family. Yet, he takes the risk. The choices are slim, die going through supplies he has left or trade the valued items for a surplus of grain they will feed many for a longer period of time.
We are wise to incorporate nuts and seeds into our daily routine because so little is required to offer benefit. Small amounts placed over oats in the morning, on salad greens for lunch, or just enjoyed with dried fruit can supply much needed nutrients to our overworked cells.
Brazil Nuts—-are high in magnesium, copper and selenium and a good source of vitamin E. They are thought to help with thyroid function as well. Although, care should be taken with these nuts, since 1 ounce has roughly 18 grams of fat.
Almonds—–contain a significant amount of heart healthy vitamin E (35% RDA) As well as magnesium and 31% manganese per 1 ounce serving. Keeping this to a one ounce serving helps control intake of total fat.
Walnuts—-the best part of walnuts is their omega 3 content (523mg per ounce) and manganese (55% RDA).
Pistachio—–are a good source of B vitamins and trace minerals, all necessary
Pecans —–contain 63% manganese a vital mineral that helps the body absorb nutrients, fight inflammation, and restore hormone balance.
Pumpkin Seeds—-small amount of omega 3, good source of trace minerals per ounce (magnesium 38%, phosphorous 33%, manganese 43%) 18% of RDA vitamin K. They are helpful to balance hormones, stimulate the immune system, and decrease inflammation.
Sunflower Seeds—are rich in selenium (21% RDA), zinc (21%), and choline (15.4mg) All necessary for good heart function, healing, and sustaining cell growth.
Hemp Seeds——are very interesting seeds that improve health. They contain just the right amount of omega 3, assist in hormone balance, restful sleep, and inflammation. Sprinkle an ounce on a salad for some delicious crunchiness.
Chia Seeds—-Wow! One ounce has 4915mg Omega 3 and 10 grams of fiber.
Flax Seed Oil—-More omega 3 (approx. 14,000mg per ounce), improves cholesterol, brain health, hormone balance and reduce inflammation.
Sesame Seeds—Contain good sources of zinc, fiber, vitamins and minerals necessary for cell repair, metabolism of nutrients, and maintaining a healthy weight.
So enjoy some of the best products of the land for your health today.