Did you know that canary seed is one of the seeds with the highest nutritional quality? Nutritive power from which not only the birds can benefit, since it is undoubtedly with them with whom first interact birdseed. But canary seed (Phalaris canariensis), a seed of a plant in the grass family, it is also suitable for human consumption and, in fact, its properties and benefits make it an excellent ally of health. In ancient times the birdseed was used, for example, to do flour with that to prepare bread, but it turns out that behind this little seed hide some virtues that should not be overlooked.
The canary, a cereal of Mediterranean origin, rich in vegetable proteins and amino acids (tryptophan, among others), in minerals like potassium (on average it contains more than a banana), calcium, magnesium; and vitamins (B, folic acid) also contains carbohydrates, starch and fiber. About 100 grams of canary seed provide approximately 212 Kcal.
Thanks to its antioxidant content helps prevent premature aging and the effect of free radicals. Benefits to be added:
The so-called lipase enzyme helps to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels due to its cleansing effect on the veins. Birdseed is considered a good natural remedy to prevent hypercholesterolemia. In this case, it is advisable to take infusion of birdseed (up to 3 a day). For its preparation add a spoonful of canary seed in a cup of boiling water. Let it boil for about 4 more minutes. Remove from heat and let to stand. Filter and drink.
Help to lose weight
The canary seed helps to lose weight. Its lipase content makes birdseed a food to be included in the slimming diet, as this enzyme helps to eliminate body fat. In addition, it is considered a food purification and diuretic, reason why its consumption favors the elimination of liquids and toxins. To this we must add its fiber content that helps prevent constipation.
Reduces inflammation of organs
Thanks to the anti-inflammatory effect of its enzymes, birdseed is considered especially beneficial for the liver, kidneys and pancreas. It is also used as a natural remedy for kidney and bladder conditions (cystitis, for example).
By its content of tryptophan has an antidepressant effect, since this amino acid activates the production of serotonin, known as the hormone of good mood, improving the mental state.
How to take it
The canary seed is taken with water or with milk (the well-known canary’s milk). The easiest way to prepare it is to let 5 tablespoons birdseed in soaking during the night; in the morning, remove the liquid and put the birdseed in the blender with one liter of water. Instead of water, you can add vegetable milk, soya bean for example.