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Health benefits of sunflower seeds


Scientific name - Helianthus annuus

It is a health promoting snack. It is an excellent source of vit E, B1, copper, magnesium, selenium phosphorus, niacin ,vitamin B6 etc.

Benefits are

·         It is a rich source of vitamin E ,the body ‘s primary fat soluble antioxidant. vitamin E has anti-inflammatory property that’s why it is  helpful in osteoarthritis ,rheumatoid arthritis  etc.

·         Helps to decrease the symptoms such as hot flashes etc after menopause.

·         It helps to prevent heart attack by reducing the risk of developing atherosclerosis .These seeds prevent bad cholesterol from sticking to the walls of arteries.

·         Due to rich source of magnesium it helps to reduce high blood pressure. Insuffiecient  magnesium can cause muscle cramps ,tension, fatigue, migraine headache ,high BP etc. Thus proper amount of magnesium keeps you calm.

·         It helps to detoxify the body.

·         They control cell damage thus help to prevent cancer . As you know it is a rich source of selenium which is enemy of cancer.

·         Rich in healthy fats sunflower seeds are rich in monounsaturated and poly unsaturated fats .These two types of fats are good for your body

·         Just ¼ th cup of seeds contains 7 grams of protein ,according to the USDA National Nurient Database.this protein will give your body energy throughout the day.

Important - Remember not to eat the shells of the sunflower seeds .unshelled seeds are good to eat always .

How you can use it :-

First of all eat it in moderate amount , 1 ounce is sufficient in a day .you cam knead them in dough,add in yogurt,sandwiches, pasta etc.stick to eating raw and unsalted .

Note when purchasing shells seeds avoid those that appear yellowish in colour as they have probably gone rancid.it is best to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Last Modified: February 08, 2015 06:41 AM
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