Sunflower Seeds Benefits

Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

Hello everyone I am Ashish Arora and in this article of mine I will be discussing with you the benefits of sun flower seeds.

Good things come in small packages.

Looking for a health-promoting snack? Enjoy a handful of mild nutty tasting sunflower seeds with their firm but tender texture to take care of your hunger and get a wealth of nutrition at the same time.

Nutrition scientists are realizing that we should pay more attention to our daily intake of complex plant foods like seeds, nuts and whole grains. A move towards whole foods, like sunflower seeds, will add nutrients to your diet in a flash.

Many people are unfamiliar with the repayment of ingestion sunflower seeds. In this article, you\'ll learn how the seeds are a strong basis of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

The sunflower earned its name because its flowers resemble the sun and because they twist on their stems to follow the sun throughout the day. Sunflower seeds are the gift of the beautiful sunflower that has rays of petals emanating from its bright yellow, seed-studded center. The flower produces grayish-green or black seeds encased in tear-dropped shaped gray or black shells that oftentimes feature black and white stripes. Since these seeds have very high oil content, they are one of the main sources of polyunsaturated oil.

Sunflower seeds can be used to enrich any meal. They can be sprinkled over cereals, salads, and soups, mixed with vegetables, used on desserts or as snacks.

Sunflower seeds contain significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E. They are also a very good source of vitamin B1. In addition, sunflower seeds are a good source of manganese, magnesium, copper, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B5 and foliate.

Listed below are 20 health benefits of sunflower seeds:

1. Sunflower Seeds Can Promote Healthy Heart, It is suggested that sunflower seeds are good sources of poly-and mono-unsaturated fatty acids as well as vitamin E. These unsaturated fatty acids help reduce the level of bad cholesterol (LDL and triglycerides) and increase the level of good cholesterol (HDL).

2.  The rich presence of vitamin E can prevent free radical damage. Which can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack, atherosclerosis, stroke, etc?

3. Sunflower seeds can soothe our muscles and nerves, many experts believe that the presence of magnesium in sunflower seeds can prevent calcium from entering into the nerve cells, blood vessels and muscles.  This may prevent contraction of nerves and muscle spasms.

4. Sunflower seeds can fight cancerous growth; it is assumed that the presence of selenium in sunflower seeds can check cancerous growth. Selenium is suggested to promote repair of DNA and synthesis in damaged cells as well as apoptosis (programmed cell death). These may check growth and spread of cancer.

5. Sunflower seeds can promote new cell formation, it is suggested that the presence of folate might help in the formation of DNA and RNA, thereby helping in the production of new cells.

6. The rich presence of manganese in sunflower seeds can help in fortifying the mineral density of spinal bone by promoting calcium absorption. This may prevent osteoporosis among post menopausal women.

7. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role.

8. Vitamin E has also been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer, help decrease the severity and frequency of hot flashes in women going through menopause, and help reduce the development of diabetic complications.

9. Sunflower kernels are rich in phenolic acids, simple molecules that are easily absorbed by the human body and provide a host of anti-aging benefits.

10. Arginine is one of the approximately 18 amino acids found in sunflower kernels and has a vital role in the healing of wounds, immune function and the release of hormones.

11. Lingans are phytoestrogens found in sunflower seeds that may be effective against certain cancers such as prostate, ovarian or breast cancers.

12. Sunflower Seeds' Phytosterols Lower Cholesterol. Phytosterols are compounds found in plants that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol, and when present in the diet in sufficient amounts, are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers.

13. You can also calm Your Nerves, Muscles and Blood Vessels with Sunflower Seeds' Magnesium.

14. Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium. Numerous studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

15. Protein supplies amino acids, the building blocks that build, maintain and repair body tissues.  Sunflower seeds are a good source of plant protein.

16. One of the important health benefits of sunflower seeds is that it also helps in preventing the onset of depression. Low levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter) results in increased levels of anxiety, tension and depression. This neurotransmitter is processed by the amino acid known as Tryptophan, which is contained in sunflower seeds. So the intake of raw sunflower seeds helps in the production of serotonin, which when released, has a calming effect on the nerves and relieves tension and almost all forms of depression.

17. Eating raw sunflower seeds can drastically improve the regulation of blood pressure in the body, unlike any animal protein.

18. Sunflower seeds contain sodium which maintains healthy levels of acidity and water.

19. Sunflower seeds contain choline which has been shown to play a role in memory and cognitive functions.

20. It supplies good amount of fiber to our body that is beneficial for lowering the cholesterol level, controlling the blood glucose levels and also prevent constipation.

When purchasing unshelled seeds, make sure that the shells are not broken or dirty. Additionally, they should be firm and not have a limp texture. When purchasing shelled seeds, avoid those that appear yellowish in color as they have probably gone rancid. In addition, if you are purchasing sunflower seeds from a bulk bin, smell them to ensure that they are still fresh and have not spoiled.

Since sunflower seeds have a high fat content and are prone to rancidity, it is best to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can also be stored in the freezer since the cold temperature will not greatly affect their texture or flavor.

Brighten the Nutritional Quality of Your Diet,
with a Daily Dose of Sunflower Seeds…

I hope this research of mine will help you in many ways in your daily life

Author Brief – Dr. Ashish arora is a consultant homoeopathic physician who is known amongst his patients for his politeness and his counseling skills. Other than the medical profession Dr. Ashish is very passionate for pencil sketching and photography

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