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Birdseed benefits for health

The Canary seed is a seed well known to serve as food for birds. But did you know that it can also be part of human nutrition? And the most incredible: it brings several health benefits!

It is rich in various types of vitamins and nutrients essential for the body, as well as having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Its consumption can help prevent and treat various diseases, especially those of the stomach and liver. It can also be an excellent ally for those who want to lose weight.

In addition to using it pure, it is also possible to consume it in other ways. One of the most popular is milk, which is very practical and easy to make at home, and is also recommended for those who do not like the taste and texture of pure seeds.

In this article you will learn about all its properties, recommendations and possible side effects of using birdseed. You will also learn how to make and consume milk, thus enjoying all its benefits in the best possible way.


Birdseed for bird? That’s how he’s popularly known. However, for some years studies have shown that it can and should be part of human nutrition. Because of this, nutrition professionals are increasingly recommending this food to their patients.

And it is not for nothing. It is rich in vitamins, enzymes and essential nutrients for the proper functioning of our body. On top of that, it has a very affordable price and is very easy to find. Let’s know what are its benefits?


This is an extremely rich food with great nutritional value. When consumed regularly, it can bring many benefits to our health and well-being, helping to prevent and treat various diseases. Let’s find out what its main benefits are:

  • It acts in the regulation of blood cholesterol levels;
  • Helps in the treatment of diabetes;
  • Helps to deflate the liver and treat diseases such as cirrhosis;
  • Helps in the elimination of fat from the body, both from the arteries and the fat from the famous “love handles”.
  • Helps in the treatment of stomach ailments such as gastritis and ulcers;
  • Eliminates excess fluid from the body, preventing retention and helping the body to deflate. And it also helps the kidneys work better.


Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, there are many properties that this little seed has. Let’s get to know a little more about each of them below and how they act in our body and in our health!

  • Antioxidant: one of the most appreciated properties of canary seed is its antioxidant power, due to the large amount of Vitamin E it has. This helps to renew cells and prevent premature aging, improving the overall appearance of the skin, hair and body.
  • Anti-inflammatory: this property is responsible for making this seed an excellent ally in the treatment of liver problems, as it helps to de-inflame it and improve its functioning.
  • Diuretic: due to its diuretic capacity, this food is very suitable for people who already have or tend to have kidney problems. The consumption of this seed makes the body able to eliminate liquids more easily, thus avoiding retention and the discomfort caused by it.
  • As an aid in the treatment of diabetes: Acts on the liver, eliminating toxins. It also helps to improve kidney and liver function.
  • Rich in Lipase: This is an enzyme that has the ability to help eliminate fat from different parts of the body, including arteries and veins. Because of this, it ends up becoming an excellent ally in the fight against diseases such as hypertension and obesity.


When we talk about healthy eating, weight loss comes to mind. But after all, could it be that in addition to bringing several health benefits and helping to treat diseases, canary seed also helps with weight loss? The answer is yes! And this happens for three reasons:

  • The first is that this seed is extremely high in fiber. Fibers are very important for those who want to eliminate the extra pounds. That’s because they speed up intestinal transit, improving nutrient absorption and putting an end to the uncomfortable tummy.
  • Another reason why this food helps you lose weight is its diuretic power, which we discussed above. This makes the body no longer retain fluid, helping to deflate.
  • The third reason is the enzymes that help the body eliminate stored fat.


We already know that birdseed has many properties and health benefits. However, it is also important to know your nutritional table, to be able to insert it in the diet properly.

Below is the nutritional table corresponding to a 10 gram serving of this seed:

  • Calories: 21 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 5.5 g
  • Proteins: 1.4 g
  • Calcium: 5 mg
  • Phosphorus: 30 mg
  • Total fat: 0.2 g


Many people are quite dubious about how to include this powerful seed in their diet, as it is commonly linked to the bird’s diet. In fact, there are several ways to do this, as it is a very versatile food that can be prepared and consumed in different ways.

One of these ways is to add seeds to bread, cakes, pies, among others. Just add a portion while preparing the dough, thus increasing the amount of fiber in the recipe and ensuring all the benefits it can offer.

Another way is making birdseed tea. Just boil 500ml of water with 1 tablespoon of seed, let it simmer for 10 minutes and strain. Remembering that consumption must be immediate so that the drink does not end up losing any of its benefits.

There is also the option of making milk from this seed, which is the most popular way it is consumed by human beings. This milk can be made at home, it is highly nutritious and beneficial to health. Let’s talk a little more about it, its method of preparation, its benefits and its contraindications below:


This milk is a practical and easy way to enjoy all the benefits that this food can bring to the body. Many people don’t like the taste of pure seed, and in those cases it becomes a good option too.


  • Anti-inflammatory, helping to treat various diseases;
  • Source of B-complex vitamins;
  • Antioxidant;
  • Rich in protein.

How to make

This milk is not ready on the market to sell. It must be prepared at home, using the seeds. However, this preparation is quite simple and practical, and anyone can do it.

Check out the recipe below:


  • 5 tablespoons of birdseed
  • 2 glasses (200ml each) of mineral or filtered water

preparation mode

  • First, take the 5 scoops of seeds and soak them in one of the cups of water for at least 8 hours. If you’re going to consume it in the morning, you can do this before bed.
  • Discard the water in which the birdseed has soaked and place the seeds in a blender with a fresh glass of water.
  • Beat until it becomes a frothy, uniform mixture.
  • Consume immediately and without sweetening.

how to take

It is recommended that this milk be taken twice a day, preferably before bed and in the morning, while still fasting. You should drink one 200ml glass at a time.

Another extremely important detail is to take it pure. Avoid any other mixture, especially sugar. Otherwise, it can lose all its properties and benefits.


Despite being healthy and nutritious, and can have several health benefits, this drink can also have some side effects. Therefore, it is important to be aware and stop drinking at any sign.


Even though it is rich in vitamins and nutrients, birdseed milk also has some contraindications, and should not be consumed by everyone.

People who have irritable bowel syndrome should avoid it. This is because, due to some substances that it has, its ingestion can cause crises.

If you have this syndrome or any other related health problem, do not drink this milk without first consulting your doctor.


In the past, this seed was only used to feed birds, which made it much more difficult to find it. However, nowadays it is becoming quite popular for human consumption.

It is now very easy to find it for sale, even in small towns. You can buy it from the following places:

  • Specialized stores of natural and healthy products;
  • Supermarkets;
  • Municipal markets, among others.

However, try to buy from a trustworthy place where the origin of the products is certified. This way, you will be ensuring that you are buying quality food.

Birdseed can have many benefits for your health and well-being. Include it in your feed today!

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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