The Six Seed Collection
Our Six Seed Collection is packed with six carefully selected wholesome seeds which not only give it a beautifully soft centre, an irresistible crunch and a burst of flavour but also a wide range of nutritional benefits.
The Six Seeds included are:
We go through each one below so you know exactly what you’re getting!
Breaking down the crumbs
Flaxseeds are an excellent source of fibre and omega-3. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that the body is unable to make on its own, making nutritional intake really important. Omega-3s are vital for optimum health and their consumption has been linked with improved mental health, better eye health, reduced risk of heart disease, a lower risk of ADHD in children, better skin and a whole list of other benefits. Alpha-lipoic acid, the omega-3 predominantly found in flaxseeds are powerful antioxidants and may lower the risk of diabetes complications as well as promoting healthy nerve function.
Like all the other seeds in our loaf, flaxseeds are also high in fibre. This fibre is fermented by the gut microbiome with the production of short-chain fatty acids. One of these short-chain fatty acids is butyrate. It is thought that the production of butyrate in the digestive tract may possibly reduce the risk of colon cancer in individuals. Butyrate is also the building block of β-hydroxybutyrate - a ketone and thus the consumption of fibre can promote ketone production too!
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral, involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions in your body such as energy production, creation of DNA, regulating heart rhythm, contracting muscles, controlling blood pressure and regulating blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, many of us are likely to be magnesium deficient, but worry not, pumpkin seeds are here to the rescue. Pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of magnesium in any food, and each Six Seed Loaf has a handsome amount in it.
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc too. Zinc is needed to convert tryptophan to serotonin, which is then changed into melatonin, a hormone that is vital for sleep regulation. Zinc is also a vital mineral involved in immune functions, protein synthesis and DNA synthesis.
Buckwheat is a type of seed in a group called pseudocereals - other pseudocereals include quinoa and amaranth. Buckwheat contains amazing antioxidants such as rutin, quercetin and D-chiro-inositol. Rutin and quercetin are the main antioxidants in buckwheat and may help reduce your risk of heart disease. It is thought that these two molecules may help protect the heart from scarring when damaged.
D-chiro-inositol is a type of soluble carb that actually reduces blood sugar levels and thus may benefit diabetes management. Buckwheat is the richest food source of this plant compound.
Millet is great for muscle growth and bone health, due to its protein and calcium content. Millet provides more essential amino acids than most other cereals and boasts the highest calcium content of all cereal grain. If you want gains, you’ll be glad we’ve included this grain.
Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E and selenium. Selenium may help reduce the risk of mental decline, help with the proper function of the thyroid gland as well as boosting your immune function.
Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants mop up and fight free radicals, which are compounds that can become toxic if their levels become too high in your body. Free radicals are linked to a whole host of diseases including diabetes and cancer. Your body has its own defences to keep the number of free radicals at a good balance, but the things we consume can also help. It has been found that those who eat sunflower seeds are more likely to have lower circulating markers of inflammation than those who don’t, this may be due to its antioxidant properties.
“Chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength” - an apt description for this seed. Pound for pound, chia has an extremely high fibre and protein content. Chia is also awesomely low in carbohydrate, perfect for the low-carbers out there.
Similar to flaxseeds, chia seeds also contain a high amount of omega -3. In fact, by weight, chia seeds contain more omega-3s than salmon. (But note that the types of omega-3s are different in both).