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SEEDS

The seeds (and seed oil, see below) of pumpkins, such as Cucurbita pepo varieties have been subject to a great deal of research, especially into the treatment of prostate ailments, and have been shown to be especially rich in steroidal compounds, in addition to their nutritional value. One gram of pumpkin seed protein contains as much L-tryptophan as a full glass of milk, making it of interest to researchers studying the treatment of anxiety disorders. Some people eat the seeds as preventative measure against onset of anxiety attacks, clinical depression and other mood disorders. Some studies have also found pumpkin seeds to prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and to regulate cholesterol levels in the body. The oil of pumpkin seeds, a culinary speciality in (and important export commodity of) Central European cuisine as a salad oil and (although this destroys its essential fatty acids) a cooking oil, is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and various other ailments, both in folk medicine and in modern medical practice and research.

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Pumpkin Seeds 2.5kg Pumpkin Seeds 2.5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
05126
12.76
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Pumpkin Seeds 1kg Pumpkin Seeds 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
05452
5.29
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Broccoli Seeds 25kg Broccoli Seeds 25kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
36692
350.93
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Chia Seeds 25kg Chia Seeds 25kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
65329
97.85
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Sesame (Sesamum indicum) is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum. Numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalised in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds, which grow in pods. The flowers of the sesame seed plant are yellow, though they can vary in colour with some being blue or purple. The word sesame is from Latin sesamum, borrowed from Greek sesamon "seed or fruit of the sesame plant", borrowed from Semitic (cf. Aramaic shumshema, Arabic simsim), from Late Babylonian shawash-shammu, itself from Assyrian shamash-shammu, from shaman shammi "plant oil". In Hindu legends and beliefs, tales are told in which sesame seeds represent a symbol of immortality and the God Maha Vishnu's consort Maha Sri Devi herself representing the properties of the sesame seed, as such it is considered as the most auspicious oil next to Ghee used in Hindu rituals and prayers, the black sesame seeds are used in ancestral homage rituals called Darpanam (also called Tarpana in Kannada) and also the oil to pacify the malefic effect of Lord Shani (Saturn). Women of ancient Babylon would eat halva, a mixture of honey and sesame seeds to prolong youth and beauty, while Roman soldiers ate the mixture for strength and energy. Sesame seeds are rich in manganese, copper, and calcium (90 mg per tablespoon for unhulled seeds, 10 mg for hulled), and contain vitamin B1 (thiamine) and vitamin E (tocopherol). They contain lignans, including unique content of sesamin, which are phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Among edible oils from six plants, sesame oil had the highest antioxidant content. Sesame seeds also contain phytosterols associated with reduced levels of blood cholesterol, but do not contain caffeine. The nutrients of sesame seeds are better absorbed if they are ground or pulverised before consumption, as in tahini.

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Sesame Seeds 25kg Sesame Seeds 25kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
06083
92.25
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Sesame Seeds 5kg Sesame Seeds 5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
02522
23.98
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Sesame Seeds 1kg Sesame Seeds 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
12498
5.17
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Sesame Seeds 25kg Sesame Seeds 25kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
02518
76.15
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Sesame Seeds 5kg Sesame Seeds 5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
02520
19.80
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Sesame Seeds 1kg Sesame Seeds 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
12466
4.26
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Sesame Seeds Black 25kg Sesame Seeds Black 25kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
93462
144.00
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Sesame Seeds Black 1kg Sesame Seeds Black 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
93463
7.55
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Suma is the UK's largest independent wholefood wholesaler-distributor. Specialising in vegetarian, fairly traded, organic, ethical and natural products, we also have our own successful brand of food and non-food products.

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Suma Amaranth 25kg Suma Amaranth 25kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
80105
59.00
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Suma Amaranth 3kg Suma Amaranth 3kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
80107
9.39
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Suma Chia Seeds 3kg Suma Chia Seeds 3kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
72909
14.95
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67686
125.00
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Botanically speaking, a sunflower seed is more properly referred to as an achene. When dehulled, the edible remainder is called the sunflower kernel. For commercial purposes, sunflower seeds are usually classified by the pattern on their husks. If the husk is solid black, the seeds are called black oil sunflower seeds. The crops may be referred to as oilseed sunflower crops. These seeds are usually pressed into sunflower oil. Additionally, these seeds are usually considered the seed of choice for bird feeders. If the husks are striped, the seeds are called striped sunflower seeds or "stripers." Due to their lower oil content, the crops are called non-oilseed sunflower crops. Striped sunflower seeds are primarily used for food; as a result, they may also be called confectionery sunflower seeds. In addition to linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), sunflower seeds are also an excellent source of dietary fibre, protein, Vitamin E, B Vitamins, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, selenium, calcium and zinc. Additionally, they are rich in cholesterol-lowering phytosterols. Sunflower oil is one of the most popular oils in the world. The oil may be used as is, or may be processed into polyunsaturated margarines. The oil is typically extracted by applying great pressure to the sunflower seeds and collecting the oil. The protein-rich cake remaining after the seeds have been processed for oil is used as a livestock feed. The original sunflower oil (linoleic sunflower oil) is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (about 68% linoleic acid) and low in saturated fats, such as palmitic acid and stearic acid. However, various hybrids have been developed to alter the fatty acid profile of the crop for various purposes. A team for the University of Leeds has developed a method for the extraction of hydrogen from sunflower oil, through a chain of chemical reactions with nickel-based and carbon-based catalysts. However, while the plant's photosynthesis essentially captures the hydrogen, the energy necessary to liberate hydrogen gas from the hydrocarbons from sunflower oil is considerably greater than the energy of the liberated gas. Therefore, although sunflower oil could certainly be used for this purpose, it is not, by any means, a 'free' or even 'eco-friendly' source of energy.

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02527
14.03
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Sunflower Seeds 2.5kg Sunflower Seeds 2.5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
06863
7.28
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Sunflower Seeds 1kg Sunflower Seeds 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
07335
3.02
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Sunflower Seeds 25kg Sunflower Seeds 25kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
28668
29.90
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Sunflower Seeds 5kg Sunflower Seeds 5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
02525
7.77
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Sunflower Seeds 1kg Sunflower Seeds 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
12463
1.67
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63230
17.11
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