Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds
Posted on: July 14, 2017. Comments ( 6 )

Nutritional Health Benefits

Vitamin E
Sunflower seed is one of the best natural sources of Vitamin E, which—

  • Helps reduce dangerous body-wide inflammation, and thus prevents heart disease, stroke, cancer (especially of prostate and lung), diabetes, and crippling nervous disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Being a fat-soluble vitamin, promotes the absorption of fat to the best of the body’s ability.
  • Prevents free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol, a thick layer of which then gets deposited around the inner walls of arteries—a condition called atherosclerosis—which retards blood flow and can eventually lead to cardiac arrest.

“Good” Fats and Protein
Sunflower seeds contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats termed “good” fats because they help raise HDL or “good cholesterol”, while lowering LDL or “bad cholesterol”. The seeds also contain protein, which helps build and maintain muscle and tissue in the body.

Folate
It is a form of Vitamin B that occurs naturally in food, which—

  • Promotes the production of new cells including red blood cells, and both DNA and RNA; may help prevent changes to DNA that can otherwise cause cancer.
  • Along with synthetic folate, called folic acid, assists with the normal development of the fetus in pregnant women.

Magnesium
Sunflower seed provides a high amount of the essential trace mineral which—

  • Assists in balancing the calcium/potassium ratio within cells, is crucial to overall health of the heart and blood circulation, and aids in healthy blood pressure.
  • Helps in keeping the human skeletal structure healthy and to prevent conditions like osteoporosis, related to loss in bone mineral density; assists in blood clotting and in depositing calcium to the bones.
  • Helps in alleviating chronic migraine headaches, constipation, chronic fatigue, and even symptoms associated with mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

Selenium

  • Helps with DNA repair and for detoxifying the body of harmful, damaged cells.
  • Prevents breast cancer; helps retard the proliferation of cancer cells and growth of tumors, through the self-destruction of damaged cells by the own body, including those found in cancerous tumors—a process called “apoptosis” or programmed cell death.

Physiological Health Benefits

Supports Thyroid Function
The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating body temperature, heart rate, production of protein, and controlling the rate of metabolism, to name an important few.

Sunflower seed is an excellent source of the mineral selenium. Among other benefits, thyroid disorders including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can be controlled naturally, i.e., without using pharmaceutical drugs, by including more selenium (and also iodine) in the diet.

Protects against Diabetes
Unbalanced blood sugar levels and insulin resistance leads to inflammation and weight gain, and even results in the body’s protective system attacking and destroying its own healthy cells!

However, the powerful nutrients in sunflower seed,

  • Balances the spikes and dips in blood sugar levels that many people experience due to high-sugar diets like refined grains, sweetened beverages, and processed foods.
  • Retards hyperglycemia, and thereby reduces the chance of developing diabetes or insulin resistance.

Promotes Skin Health

  • The antioxidant property of Vitamin E in sunflower seed works along with selenium and helps protect cells against damage from free radicals and thereby keeps skin youthful, strong and healthy.
  • Sunflower seed has essential fatty acid lipids that help in keeping the skin hydrated and free of damage from sunlight and pollution.

Sunflower seeds can be eaten plain, or dried, roasted, and ground to a powder and sprinkled on top of cereals and salads.


Comments (6)

 

  1.  
    Suraj Prakash Bawane says:

    WOW!!

  2.  
    Ganesh says:

    good information thanks

  3.  
    Aparna says:

    good information thank u

  4.  
    Bhakti Shetty says:

    nice

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    Geetha H V says:

    good information thank u


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