Benefits of Canary Seed for Cholesterol and Weight Loss

Thanks to the enzymes in canary seed, it can help to lower harmful harmful fat like cholesterol. In addition, you can use it as a diuretic.
Benefits of Canary Seed for Cholesterol and Weight Loss

Last update: 12 June, 2020

Canary seed, also known as alpiste or bird seed, is very popular worldwide because it’s the food of choice for domesticated birds. But are you aware of the benefits of canary seed?

Indeed, humans can also eat these seeds. In fact, they contain a variety of nutritional properties that make them beneficial for your health. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this healthy food.

Now that the benefits of canary seed are more widely accepted, many health experts recommend adding it to all sorts of diets as a supplement.

From a nutritional point of view, it contains substances that can be useful to eliminate excess body fat and cholesterol. It could also potentially help with diabetes. 

The nutritional values of canary seed

In spite of their small size, canary seeds have a surprising number of nutritional benefits. In just 100 grams you get:

  • 212 kilocalories
  • 55 g of carbohydrates
  • 14 g of protein
  • 50 mg of calcium
  • 300 mg of phosphorus
  • 2 g of fat

Health benefits of canary seed

Blood cells inside a vein
Thanks to their remarkable nutritional value, eating canary seeds regularly can help improve your health in a variety of ways.

They contain an enzyme known as lipase that stimulates the cleansing of the arteries to remove harmful lipids (fats), including cholesterol and triglycerides. A study from the Groningen University Medical Center (Holland) confirms this.

Furthermore, this helps obese or overweight individuals because it supports to burn stored fat in various parts of the body.

It’s also a great way to target issues like cellulite and belly fat, for example.

But that’s not all! Canary seed is high in antioxidants that benefit your skin and body, stopping the action of free radicals.

It can also act as a potent diuretic to treat very common issues like water retention.

In addition, a study from the National School of Biological Sciences (Mexico) found that the enzymes in canary seed have anti-inflammatory effects, making it a great way to protect your liver and pancreas. This, in turn, leads to a stimulating effect on your pancreatic function that also helps control blood sugar and fight diabetes according to a study from the  School of Chemical Engineering and Extractive Industries (Mexico).

What’s the best way to consume canary seed?

Bowl of canary seed with its milk

Many like to add the seeds to their salads, smoothies, and even soups. However, most prefer to make plant milk or water with the seeds. Dr. Gloria Garcia, in her book Foods that Help Prevent and Combat Disease, she talks about how to make canary seed milk.


  • 5 tablespoons of canary seed (50 g)
  • 1 cup of water (for soaking, 200 ml)
  • 1 liter of water (for blending)


  • Soak the canary seed overnight in the cup of water.
  • In the morning, discard the soaking water and add the seeds to your blender along with the liter of water. You can also substitute the water for soy milk or a similar alternative.
  • Process for a few minutes until the water takes on a whitish color.
  • Strain the liquid using a cheesecloth to remove any seed husks from the milk.
  • Store it in a cool place or in the fridge.

Consuming canary seed milk for better cholesterol levels

One of the benefits of canary seed milk is that it can help control cholesterol levels. If this is your goal, drink one cup first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Later, drink another cup before going to sleep.

Remember that it does act as a diuretic, so you may find you need to urinate frequently.

Follow this regimen for three weeks in a row or more if needed. Then, simply continue to take it on a regular basis, up to three times a week.

Want to know more? Read: 8 teas to lower cholesterol

Consuming canary seed milk for weight loss

Benefits of canary seed woman with measuring tape around thigh

First of all, we have to point out that canary seed milk isn’t a “miracle” drink or a powerful fat burner.

When you add it to a healthy weight loss plan, it’s designed to support your diet. Of course, this is provided that you’re getting regular exercise and eating right.

If your goal is to lose weight, start your day by drinking a glass on an empty stomach and drink another glass before each main meal.

Thanks to its high fiber content, you’ll feel fuller and will avoid eating too much at mealtimes.

Now that you know these seeds aren’t just for birds, start adding them to your diet. See what the benefits of canary seed can do for your health and enjoy them!

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  • García Glória. Alimentos Que Ayudan a Prevenir y Combatir Enfermedades. (2012)